2008 21st Century Automotive Competition
On June 7 and 8, 2008, many folks joined us in the second annual 21st Century Automotive Challenge Competition and helped demonstrate how we can enjoy better personal transportation with less petroleum consumption and less impact on the environment. The competition, was organized by the Eastern Electric Vehicle Club, a chapter of the U. S. Electric Auto Association, and featured a number of events highlighting different approaches to energy-saving automotive transportation.
Our grand winner acheived a phenomenal mileage of 124.62 miles per gallon, comfortably beating last year’s astonishing 75 mpg. This unquestionably prooved our point that vehicles that you can buy today can solve our petroleum dependence and make a major contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Even the lowest mileage vehicle, a 32 year old Mercedes 300D at 30.8 mpg, got far better mileage than the US average of 19 mpg.
The course this year was almost the same as last year, a circuit running east from BCIT in Westampton, NJ, to Lakehurst, south to Oyster Creek and northwest back to the start. This year instead of backtracking from Batsto and going up through the heart of the pines at Chatsworth we continued west and went up Rtes. 206 and 541. It shortened the course to 143 miles and gave us a look at blueberries instead of cranberries.
This event for the newly popular concept of plug-in hybrids consisted of a morning run clockwise around the 24 mile course to Riverside, Delran and Beverly, followed by charging and an afternoon run counterclockwise around the same course simulating a 24 mile commute to work.
The Electric Vehicle Competition
A Collection of Events for Vehicles of the Future, including:
The Earth Fair Exhibition
On Sunday the annual Burlington County Earth Fair featured a display of battery and hybrid vehicles from the competition as well as the award winners. The Sustainable Living Tent contatined hybrid vehicles, green driveways and energy efficient solutions for the home.
Awards Dinner 2008
We invited all participants to gather Saturday evening for an awards dinner at the new fire training school next to BCIT for a convivial dinner, a keynote speaker and presentation of awards. Student groups made presentations of their projects for judging. View the initial schedule