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Electric car world tour to stop at UNR
by Tribune Staff
Apr 08, 2012 | 1110 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Electric Odyssey, the first world tour of a standard electric car, will arrive on the University of Nevada, Reno campus today. The tour began in Strasbourg, France in February and is scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m. at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

Antonin Guy and Xavier Degon, a pair of young engineers from France, will charge their vehicle on campus before continuing on their journey. They will travel 15,534 miles in eight months and visit 17 countries as they promote the image and practicality of electric transportation.

“If a standard electric car can make a world tour, every single person is able to use it to go shopping,” they say on their website. “The car will have to be charged every 110 km, which means more than 200 stopovers and meetings with local people so that they share with us a few megawatts. Thus, beyond the technological challenge, this journey is seen as a true human adventure that will give us the opportunity to be in close contact with people all around the world, through the American Rockies, the heart of Japan, the Silk Road between China and Kazakhstan and Europe.”

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