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A chilly, wet Arctic storm in southern California in May??? Unheard of, but El Nino rains supreme (pun intended)! Even the less than optimum weather didn't dampen my spirits as the months of planning finally became a reality as I began my
EV1 CHARGE ACROSS AMERICA.
|Thanks to Terry Brungard and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the trip was given to an incredible send off. The storm forced the ceremony to the DWP's sheltered garage. DWP's General Manager, David Freeman, and Councilwoman Ruth Galanter told the crowd about the importance of electric vehicles in our transportation future. The Lincoln High School Marching Band led my Charge Across America car and a parade of EV1s out of the DWP's downtown headquarters to the Los Angeles City Hall. A police escort guided our procession to an on- ramp of the Hollywood Freeway where I broke from the parade and began my eastward journey on Interstate 10. I was told that television coverage was presented on several local television stations later in the day. The Wednesday 5/13 edition of the Los Angeles Times had a photo and story as well. Honestly, I never imagined my little trip would attract this kind of attention. I hope that the press coverage will inspire more people to join the growing ranks of happy EV1 customers. Of course, the EV1 is not widely available, but someday even more advanced electric cars may be. I hope to dispel many common misconceptions about electric cars on my trip.
(Thanks to Ken Breslow for DWP photography)
|The first day's drive was in constant, driving rain. In the 27 years I've lived in southern California, I can't remember such a nasty, chilly storm in May. Even hail and tornadoes were in the forecast. Hey Mother Nature, we're not in Kansas...yet! Because Interstate 10 crosses over the 2,600' San Gorgonio pass on the way to the desert where I'd spend my first night, I was concerned that the rain and cold would dramatically reduce my driving range. Water on the roadway causes drag (not unlike walking through water) consuming more energy. Also, cold weather reduces the performance of the lead-acid batteries in generation-1 EV1's like mine. Nickel-Metal-Hydride batteries available in future EV1's will likely improve the cold weather performance. My fears were calmed when I easily made it to Palm Springs with plenty of charge to spare. The rain was behind me and the desert sky was magnificent.
|Town or City||Los Angeles||San Dimas, CA||Redlands, CA||Cathedral City, CA||Indio, CA|
|Driving Notes||Rain, heavy at times, 55°F||Heavy rain||Heavy rain, 5-mile traffic jam -- I-10 construction||Downpour, 45°F at summit, light sprinkles on downgrade into desert||Local highway, Calif 111. Stop and go.|
|Grades Encountered||Continual rise in elevation traveling eastbound||Kellogg Hill||Continual rise||Climb to 2,616 San Gorgonio Pass, then downhill/coast into Chatedral City||Downgrade|
|Charge Start Time||8:00 AM||10:10 AM||12:35 PM||5:20 PM||10:00 PM|
|Charge End Time||9:30 AM||11:45 AM||4:10 PM||8:00 PM||6:00 AM|
|Charge Duration||1h 30m||1h 35m||3h 35m||2h 40m||8h 0m|
|Charging Facility||DWP garage||Jeff Church res.||Wal-Mart||Saturn of the Desert||Super 8 Motel|
|Contact Name||--||--||Public Charger (Free Charging)||Public Charger (Free Charging)||--|
|11 bars on departure||6||4||3||10|
|Charge Start (%)||85||47||34||27||1.2|
|Charge Stop (%)||100||94||96||97||100|
|Ambient Temp (°F)
|55°F/Rain||55°F/Rain||50°F Intermittent Showers||65°F Overcast||Clear, cool overnight charge|
|Approx. Miles to Next Charging Stop
and Known Grades
|26 miles Kellogg Hill||41, constant uphill trend to Redlands 1356'||53 mi, climb over 2.610 San Gorgonio Pass||Downgrade to Indio @ -17 feet||53 miles to Desert Center -- steep grade to Chiriaco|
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