Title: "Electric Vehicle Race Around the World - in 80 days"
presented by Don Christian, copilot, Team USA, 80eDays
In summer 2016 a group of Electric Vehicle enthusiasts raced around the globe, recharging
with electric power only. We covered 28,962 km (18,026 miles) and crossed 20 countries
Europe, North America, and Asia. Our goal of circling the earth on electric power in 80 days
Most of our 11 EVs were Teslas Model S, plus a Chinese Denza, a Tesla Roadster, and a city
transit bus made by Modulo-EVoPro. Since international power grids differ widely, we were
confronted with some unanticipated electrical incompatibilies, often at remote sites with no
alternative. It was do-or-don’t-go.
This talk will describe some of the problems we encountered and how we solved them.
Including acute range anxiety. Also, some problems that we feared but never encountered.
The talk will focus on technical and automotive interests, with short detours into culture,
language, geography, politics, and traffic.
Don Christian, Silicon Valley California, Range-Anxious EV Driver
Don is a computer engineer who has developed EVs, Autonomous
Vehicles, factory and semiconductor fab automation, automotive service
equipment, agricultural harvesters and military ground vehicles at large
companies and startups. He is listed as inventor on 26 US and many
foreign patents. He consults and teaches technical courses at universities
and has published in Europe, Asia, and the US. He’s a senior member of
IEEE & SAE, is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a
member of SAE’s J1772 conductive charging standards task force. He
enjoys playing guitar on street corners and in juke joints around the world,
with local musicians.