Santa Cruz Good Times

Monday
Jan 26th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Going The Distance

blog electriccarCan an electric car make the journey from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles and back in one day? Aptos resident Jack Brown thinks so

Electric cars are known for being eco friendly—not necessarily for covering long distances or being the most time efficient mode of travel. But Jack Brown, an information technology manager and consultant who recently moved to the Aptos area, believes that it’s all about “making the journey.”  

On Friday, Sept. 14, Brown will depart from the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County in Aptos at 12:01 a.m. and attempt to take his electric BMW on a more than 700-mile round trip journey from Aptos to Los Angeles and back before midnight that same day. “This will be the first time I have driven so far from my predictable commute,” Brown says.

Part of Brown’s inspiration for his trek stems from electric car distance driver Tony Williams’ “BC2BC” trip in June, during which Williams drove a brand new Nissan Leaf from Tijuana, in Baja California, to British Columbia in a little more than eight days. Brown was also spurred to do this trip by a desire to show “naysayers that such a trip was possible despite the challenge to find a route and the available infrastructure,” he adds.

(His interest in and dedication to electric cars can be traced to an experience he had abroad: “Upon spending the night with a farming family outside of Qufu, China in 2009 they picked up [myself], my wife, and our luggage in their three-wheel electric scooter,” he says. “I was convinced the trike wouldn't move, but the bike took off like a rocket.”)  

Brown is one of 700 people across the United States who are part of an evaluation program for BMW, testing the powertrain for the BMW i3 in a converted 2011 BMW 1-series car called an ActiveE, which only has a 32 kWh, 100-mile range per charged battery. Brown has mapped out a travel route along Highway 101 and the I-5 corridor that takes him through Santa Nella, Coalinga, Atascadero and Thousand Oaks. “Many of the locations offer free or low-cost charging,” he adds.  

Following his electric feat, Brown will be participating in Santa Cruz’s second annual National Plug-In Day event at Staff of Life Market on Sunday, Sept. 23, where he will speak about the environmental benefits and cost savings of electric vehicles, as well as his 700-mile journey. Brown’s message, he says, will be that an electric car can do all the same things an internal combustion car can do.     

As for his approaching trip, he adds, “There are risks and challenges, and I am hoping I have considered all the possible problems and contingencies that might be faced.”  


National Plug-In Day is set to take place on Sunday, September 23 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Staff of Life parking lot, 1266 Soquel Ave. Proclamations and awards presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m.  For more event details, visit pluginday.org.

 

Comments (1)Add Comment
...
written by Voltron, September 11, 2012
Just rig up a trailer with an external battery pack big enough to extend the range to 700 miles. Done.

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Force of Nature

Santa Cruz’s Carlie Statsky brings her love of the natural world to the hyper-personal art of wedding photography

 

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

The magical time of Mercury’s retrograde cycle is here once again, until Feb. 11, and then some. The Mercury retro cycle actually lasts eight weeks when we consider its retrograde shadow, giving us six months a year for review. We know the rules of Mercury retro: Be careful with everything; cars, driving, money, resources, friends, friendships, groups, interactions, thinking, talking, communications. Avoid big purchases, important meetings and important repairs. Mercury retrograde times are for review, reassessment and rest. Our minds are overloaded from the last Mercury retro. Our minds need to assess what we’ve done since October—eliminating what is not needed, keeping what’s important, preparing for new information in the next three months (till mid-May). Mercury in Aquarius retrograde … we reinvent ourselves, seek the unusual, we don’t hide, we’re just careful. We live in two worlds; outer appearances and inner reckonings, with both sides of our brain activated. Yet, like the light of the Gemini twins, one light waxes (inner world), the other (outer realities) wanes. Like Virgo, we see what’s been overlooked—assessing, ordering and organizing information. It’s an entirely inner process. When speaking we may utter only half of the sentence. We’re in the underworld, closer to Spirit, eyes unseeing, senses alerted, re-doing things over and over till we sometimes collapse. Because we’re in other realms, we’re wobbly, make mistakes, and don’t really know what we want. It’s not a time for decisions. Not yet. It’s a time of review. And completing things. Mercury retro: integration, slowing down, resolution, rapprochement.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of January 23

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Bye Bye Benten!

Benten closing, plus Award-winning gin, a massive burrito and chocolate review

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Scanning the shelves of Deluxe Foods of Aptos, which carries an impressive selection of local and imported wines, I picked up a bottle of Trout Gulch Vineyards Chardonnay 2012, described as “a local favorite” by the busy market.

 

Cremer House

What’s old is cutting-edge again in Felton

 

How are you going to make a tangible difference in your community this year?

Spread more kindness and compassion.