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Thursday, 30 June 2016

WAVE Trophy electric vehicle rally - media coverage & participants comments

We have finished the 1,000 mile the WAVE Trophy electric vehicle rally across Europe (Germany, France & Switzerland).  It was an opportunity to put e-motorbikes and e-scooters to the test and get some insight to the experience of travelling across Europe with such bikes.  

The WAVE Trophy is an annual event brings together EV enthusiasts, this year from 10 countries who were travelling 1,000 miles through three countries.  In 2016 it started on June 11th in Bremerhaven (Northern Germany) and 70 teams traveled down through Germany to Alsace, France finishing in Switzerland.  Participants will visit engage with and learn about many sustainable / e-mobility companies along the route. On the way the participants also stop in many towns and cities and  participants had an opportunity to enhance their knowledge about e-bikes, to network and socialise.

Talking about about the WAVE Trophy 2016 here are some comments from some of the participants:

"Electric cars are our future and I will not drive any other car. WAVE Trophy is an inspiration for me. Organiser Louis Palmer has a vision I like to share and support. Let’s go big reaching more and more people"

"It was a fabulous bouquet out of meeting lots of interesting people, being in different kinds of beautiful landscapes, learning many, many new things effortlessly, along the way and - most important - getting an understanding, a grasp of the future world."

"Driving any electric vehicle feels strange at first - especially when it is a motorcycle. No clutch, no gears, no sound other than the wind. After a few hours you get used to it, and then you start enjoying the smooth acceleration. After driving electric you don't really want to go back to any combustion machine. It is simply a matter of time until most bikers will drive electric, and only a few nostalgic veterans and old timers will be seen on the streets in a not so far future."

"Driving with solar energy is a great (the best) experience."


Below is some of the media coverage. Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com




Thursday, 2 June 2016

1st Canadian team to take part in worlds biggest electric vehicle rally to promote sustainable transport

A Quebec couple will be the first Canadian team to take part in the WAVE Trophy electric vehicle (EV) Rally, the worlds largest EV rally.  They will joint up with many electric car enthusiasts from all over the world who will take part in WAVE Trophy EV Rally 2016. The rally will start in Germany and travel over 1,600 kilometres through three countries in central Europe.

In 2016 WAVE Trophy starts on June 11th in Bremerhaven (Northern Germany) and travels down to Alsace, France.  Participants will visit, engage with and learn about many sustainable / e-mobility companies along the route. The convoy will stop at the United Nations in Geneva and finish near Basel, Switzerland on 18 June 2016. On the way the participants will stop in many cities using the WAVE gathering to raise awareness of green transport and promote sustainable living.  It is also an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about electric vehicles, to network and socialise.

In addition WAVE education project is getting school students from around the world to write pledge cards with a commitment to reduce their CO2 emissions.  These are being collected by local EVs. From there they are sent / delivered to WAVE in Switzerland. At the end of the WAVE Rally they will be presented to the UN in Geneva as a single card - this will also be a world record attempt. The object of this project is to raise the awareness of these students to the problems of climate change and pollution, they were brought to realise that, as the future generation, they have a big role and can help our environment.

EV enthusiasts Christine Théwissen and André LeBlanc from Gatineau, Quebec have always been very environmentally conscious and have raised their son and daughter to respect and appreciate the environment - 22 and 24. Christine is a Primary School Teacher and André is a Database Administrator. Speaking about their involvement in the WAVE Trophy Christine said "Driving a gas car always bothered us because of the pollution it created.  We bought a hybrid in 2010 and we’re amazed when the electric motor kicked in. In 2014, we made the leap to our first electric car and  we have never loved a vehicle so much and will never go back to gas! When an article on the WAVE Trophy we jumped on it right away.  We believe it will be an incredible journey where we are able to share our passion and our dream for a better world while making new friends from around the world.

Louis Palmer, founder of WAVE Trophy, holder of the UN Environmental Programme “Champion of the Earth Award“ for driving two times around the world in solar powered vehicles.

Media enquiries to  worldreachpr@gmail.com

2 équipes françaises (Alsace) qui participe au WAVE Trophy, le plus grand rallye de véhicules électrique au monde

Deux couples d’Alsaciens représenteront la France en participant au rallye WAVE Trophy, le plus grand rallye en véhicules électriques au monde (chaque couple constitue un équipage avec son véhicule) . Ils vont être rejoint par des dizaines d’autre fans de voitures électriques du monde entier, qui vont également participer au WAVE2016. Le rallye débutera en Allemagne et parcourra 1600km à travers 3 pays en Europe centrale.


L’édition 2016 du WAVE débutera le 11 juin à Bremerhaven (port de Brème, au nord de l’Allemagne) et traversera notament la France en passant par l’Alsace le 14 juin à Sélestat. Les participants découvriront des acteurs des énergies renouvelables et de l’électro-mobilité tout au long du parcours. Le convoi fera étape au siège des Nations Unies à Geneve et terminera près de BÂLE en Suisse, le 18 juin. Tout au long de leur périple, les participants traverseront de nombreuses villes pour lesquels le passage du WAVE sera l’occasion pour développer la prise de conscience autour de l’éco-mobilité et le développement durable. C’est également une formidable rencontre entre les différents participants, pour développer leurs réseaux et échanger leur expériences.


En complément, les organisateur du WAVE ont proposé aux élèves des écoles du monde entier d’écrire des carte de vœux illustrant leur engagement dans la réduction d’émission de CO2. Les cartes rédigées par les enfants sont collectées dans les écoles par des conducteurs de V.E. locaux volontaires. Ces cartes sont envoyée en Suisse au près du WAVE, ou encore emportées directement par des équipages du rallye. A l’issue du rallye, devant le siège des Nations Unies à Geneve, toutes ces cartes seront réunie pour n’en former qu’une seule géante. Il est d’ailleurs projeté qu’un record du monde soit ainsi battu. L’objectif premier de cette opération est de développer la prise de conscience de la part de ces élèves aux problématiques de la pollution et des changements climatiques. Ils sont invités à prendre en compte, étant la prochaine génération, que leur rôle est essentiel et qu’ils peuvent agir pour leur environnement.

Nos Alsaciens en voiture électriques, des conducteurs de V.E. chevronnés, sont fans du WAVE Trophy depuis 2013. Les deux équipages avaient déjà participé à l'édition 2014 du WAVE :

- Jennifer et Frédéric Appelshaeuser, parent d'un jeune garçon, habitent à 67-Néewiller et roulent en voiture électrique au quotidien. Frédéric est ouvrier en plasturgie et Jennifer dirige la planification de la production dans une usine a papier. Jennifer maîtrise aussi bien l'Allemand que l'Anglais et avait fait le choix d'écrire leur blog http://blue-drive.over-blog.com/ dans les trois langues (Fr. / All. / Angl.) lors de leur participation au WAVE 2014. Cette particularité lui aura valu l'intérêt de Nissan Motos Ltd basée au Japon qui l'a sollicité pour faire partie d'un groupe d'utilisateur référents (12 personnes dans le monde). Jennifer est ainsi devenue en quelque sorte notre Ambassadrice Française du V.E. auprès du fabricant automobile." Nissan wants us to add this after the paragraph I sent you: A l’occasion de ce rallye Nissan Motor Co. Ltd France a décidé de leer confier une Nissan LEAF 30kWh affichant une autonomie supplémentaire de 26% par rapport au précédent modèle (soit 250 kms)


-  Marie et Benoît Kayser, la quarantaine et parents de deux garçons, habitent près de 67-Sélestat et conduisent tous les deux leur propre V.E. au quotidien. Benoît est Responsable de projet dans un laboratoire industriel et Marie est auxiliaire de vie sociale au domicile de personnes âgées. Lorsqu’on les interroge concernant leur motivation dans le WAVE, Benoît répond : “ Je souhaite vraiment passer le message que la V.E. est une solution d'aujorud'hui et non un simple concept pour le  futur. Le V.E. pourrait dès aujourd’hui être utilisé par un grand nombre de personnes pour leur déplacements alors qu’ils ne s’en doutent même pas." Les deux équipages sont unanimes, leur excitation à l’idée de participer pour une seconde fois à ce rallye est palpable, "Nous savons que nous allons revoir bon nombre d’amis rencontrés lors de notre première participation en 2014.”

Louis Palmer, créateur du WAVE Trophy, détenteur du titre “Champion of the Earth Award” décerné par l’ONU pour avoir effectué deux tours du monde en voiture solaire.


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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Back to the future for French world record breakers with revival of 60's futuristic motorbike in the UK

A French futuristic revived motorbike which will attempt world records as part of Straightliners Events "Top Speed Week" at Pendine Sands. Straightliners will host its usual May speed event in 2016 but this year it will stretch to a week. There will be speed events at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire and Pendine Sands, South Wales both of which have seen many world speed record attempt.. At these events participants and spectators will see some of the most powerful motorbikes and cars in the UK in action. They may even be some weird and wonderful four wheel vehicles including mono wheels and two and four wheel jet vehicles as they all attempt to break British, European and world speed records.

Gilles Pujol and his world record breaking team 'Les Triplettees de Bonneville' from France futuristic looking Zundapp (photo link below) will have its first test run at this event in the UK. The team have worked on the bike for the last eight months designing and building the bike using the latest technology and traditional model building and aerodynamic testing. This motorbike body is based on a 1960s German built Zundapp conventional motorbike which establish many world records. Les Triplettees de Bonneville will also attempt to set a world record for this type of bike at the Straightliners Events meeting at the historic natural speed at Pendine Sands, Wales. In addition they will also bring other unusual electric and conventional motorbikes to the UK for testing and record breaking. They will also be running electric and conventional revivals of equally unusual bikes. Gilles Pujol, 'Les Triplettees de Bonneville' and their amazing bikes have previously broken world records at Bonneville Flats, Utah, USA.

Also at Pendine Guernsey business man Zeff Eisenberg will be riding 
a ZX14 Kawasaki "sand racer". He set a British speed record last year at Pendine for the fastest aspirated bike 1650cc class - 164,6mph over a mile.  Zeff, a 43 year old father of two, and the 'MADMAX Race TEAM' have produced a range of other unique vehicles and bikes, The team is funded based of Zeff's previous business success.

Straighteners will run two courses this year. A long course for the record contenders and a short course for the rider who just want to come for the experience, in fact it will be just like Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah,USA without the very high cost of getting there

While Straightliners make great efforts to have it's events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU licence, pass official scrutineering and be a Straighteners Events member. For those not going for records they do not need an ACU licence but they just need to sign up for this event as it is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers. Sign up for Straighteners membership here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/membership.html

The dates are as follows:
  • Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire 14th May
  • Pendine Sands, Wales - 21st & 22nd May
Pendine Sands is a seven mile long beach set on the scenic shores of Carmarthen Bay on the south coast of Wales. The village of Pendine is situated near the western end of Pendine Sands.

Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com

Monday, 9 May 2016

Kevin Nicks & 'the fastest shed' in action at the Straightliners Event




Kevin Nicks & 'the fastest shed' will be in action at the Straightliners event at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England 14th May. Here he is in action setting a world record at a similar event last year (video Worldreach) 

The next Straightliners meeting is a top speed event on 14th May at Elvington Airfield. North Yorkshire. Book it here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/20-speed-week-elvington-records.html

Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com

Friday, 6 May 2016

Solar tuk tuk travels 1,000s of km overland from India to joint worlds largest electric vehicle rally in Europe

An Indian mans self designed and built solar electric tuk tuk is travelling thousands of kilometres from India to joint the WAVE Trophy electric vehicle (EV) Rally, the worlds largest EV rally, in Europe.  Auto engineer Naveen Rabelli set off from Bangalore with his solar electric creation and he is expected to arrive in Turkey in mid-May. He plans to joint up with the hundreds of electric car enthusiasts from all over the world who will take part in WAVE Trophy EV Rally 2016. The rally will start in Germany and travel over 1,600 kilometres through three countries in central Europe.  
Naveen Rabelli & his solar tuk tuk on road from Shiraz to Isfahan, Iran (photo Naveen Rabelli) 

Naveen's "Tuk Tuk-Tejas", which he designed, built and tested over four years, runs on solar and electricity power and has 0 emissions. Travelling at a pace of around 100 km per day, Naveen plans to complete the 8,800 km to Europe in about 100 days. The object of the adventure is to create awareness of EVs and solar powered vehicles as a sustainable low cost alternative transport solution for tens of millions of people in Asia and beyond.

In 2016 WAVE Trophy starts on June 11th in Bremerhaven (Northern Germany) and travels down to France. The convoy will stop at the United Nations in Geneva and finish near Basel, Switzerland on 18 June 2016. On the way the participants will stop in 60 cities using   the WAVE gathering to raise awareness of green transport and promote sustainable living. It is also an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about electric vehicles, to network and socialise.

The rest of Naveen’s journey will cross Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Germany where he will meet the WAVE Trophy EV Rally. He hopes his project which will eventually reach London, enhances knowledge about the practical application of solar electric transport. In support of this, Naveen plans to publish a paper to share his experiences and learning online so that people can use the data he is collecting. The goals of this project, which are supported by the WAVE Trophy, is to not only create awareness of alternative mobility solutions for passenger vehicles in Asia and Europe it is also to:

Show the benefits of using a solar electric mobility solution and to demonstrate that they are affordable.
  1. Practically demonstrate a solar electric prototype that is reliable technology
  2. Promote the use of electric vehicles as way to reduce the impact of climate change
  3. To connect with people along the way who are working towards sustainable living solutions.
  4. To showcase an entirely Indian solution to the world.
Louis Palmer, founder of WAVE Trophy, holder of the UN Environmental Programme “Champion of the Earth Award“ for driving two times around the world in solar powered vehicles. He spoke about the partnership with the solar tuk tuk project and said “We are delighted Naveen and his solar tuk tuk are ambassadors for the WAVE Trophy.  We have supported his adventure for a number of years and between us we are showing the world the future of transport.”

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

£350,000 helicopter engined motorbike wants to break own world record

Straightliners will host its usual May speed event in 2016 but this year it will stretch to a week. There will be speed events at Elvington, North Yorkshire and Pendine in South Wales. At these events participants and spectators will see some of the most powerful motorbikes and cars in the UK in action. They may even be some weird and wonderful four wheel vehicles including mono wheels and two and four wheel jet vehicles as they all attempt to break British, European and world speed records.

Zef Eisenberg & his turbine bike in action at Straightliners Events Pendine Sands speed event 2015 (photo Becci Ellis)
Leading the charge at Elvington will be Guernsey business man Zeff Eisenberg on his world record breaking £350,000 helicopter engined MADMAX Turbine motorbike. It is the world's fastest turbine powered motorbike reaching 233.5 mph over a standing mile in May 2015. The reason for this considerable investment is the Rolls Royce turbine, which requires specialist tools, attention, safety and care. Zeff, a 43 year old father of two, and his team took four years to design, build and get to where it can set or break world speed records. As well as the turbine bike the 'MADMAX Race TEAM' has produced a range of other unique vehicles and bikes and their is funded based of Zeff's previous business success. Speaking about the work of the team he said "I get a lot of pleasure out of creating crazy machines that deliver in the real world. We don't make anything just for looks - Vehicles that looks great and deliver results - is our goal!"

Also present at Elvington will the the ubiquitous 'Fastest shed in the world' driven by designer / builder from Oxford Kevin Nicks. You can see Kevin and the shed in action here https://youtu.be/zr5mP_OanOU

While Straightliners make great efforts to have it's events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU licence, pass official scrutineering and be a Straighteners Events member. For those not going for records they do not need an ACU licence but they just need to sign up for this event as it is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers. Sign up for Straighteners membership here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/membership.html

The dates are as follows:
  • Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire 14th May 
  • Pendine Sands, Wales - 21st & 22nd May
Participant entry fee per day is £150 and an extra machine per day is £50. Discounts are available for multiple day entries. People should go to this link to enter as a participant for any of the Speed Week events https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/category/64-speed-week.html

Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com

MADMAX TURBINE STREETFIGHTER MOTORBIKE

· Team MadMax Turbine powered carbon (streetfighter) motorbike fully road legal &
· Road registered
· Rolls Royce Allison C20B Shah Turbine from an Augusta 109 Helicopter providing 540hp/480lb1t@ 6000rpm. Runs on regular Diesel/Xerosene/Jel-A
· Bespoke ECU Motec solution with auto-engine start and power/accessory/sensor controller with digital LCD dash, with DOT LED light headlight and rear lights ·
· Bendix helicopter FCU (fuel control unit)
· Handmade steel form shaped and ceramic coaled with additional heat shield
· Handmade single speed Fl carbon fibre high torque clutch and bevel gearbox specially made to cope with 1000lbft of torque!
· Handmade one off aluminium box frame.
· Handmade one off aluminium box design, with concentric swingarm allowing greater anti-squat to keep the 1ronl wheel down under hard acceleration.
· Marzocchi RAC-SO BSB superbike race forks with one off springs and set up, with one off designed step down CNC triple trees.
· Hand made carbon fibre, with satin finish
· Front wheel & brakes: I 20nO/l 7 BST Carbon wheel and special 6 pot black anodized ISR mono block callipers on twin 320mm discs
· Rear wheel & brakes: Special high torque 240/40/18 BST Carbon wheel and mini 6 pot alloy ISR monoblock on a 320mm disc. Running Conti Race attack custom 240/40/l 8 Race tyres.
· Handmade carbon fibre with satin finish.
· Hand made carbon / Kevlar tank with ballistic bottom covering the turbine, holding 32 litres.
· 233.5 mph over a standing mile – Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England May 2015
· The world's fastest turbine powered motorbike