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UBC E-BEETLE FIRST ELECTRIC CAR TO CROSS CANADA

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History made in an E-Beetle.

This is an amazing accomplishment!  6,400 km in 16 days, showing the durability of electric-powered cars.  If you want to follow their whole journey in retrospect, here’s the UBC Electric Car Club’s E-Beetle blog.  And here’s their video:

From their site:

At 6:00 PM AST, the UBC Electric Car Club’s E-Beetle arrives at ALDERNY LANDING, DARTMOUTH NS and is the first-ever electric car  to complete a coast to coast voyage across Canada. Starting on August 21st, 2010, the E- Beetle has covered 6400 kilometers in 16 days (2 days break in Quebec

waiting for Hurricane Earl to pass) without any support vehicles, using only existing infrastructure.

The E-Beetle’s voyage has been featured on Wired.com, CTV, CBC, and in print media across Canada. The public is able to track the E-Beetle’s arrival by GPS via the UBCECC website.

The E-Beetle is powered by a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery pack with a capacity of 50 Kilowatt Hours, giving it a range of 300km at 100km/h and 500km at 50km/h with a top speed of 140kmh. Charging time is approximately 4 hours.

after a week long rain

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after a week long rain, originally uploaded by inklake.

This was taken after a long period of rain and fog in Vancouver. Just thinking today that the good weather we’re having isn’t going to last forever … or is it?

Shot was taken from third beach looking across English Bay toward UBC.

Mars beckons

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marsUBC OPENS ITS OBSERVATORY FOR MARS VIEWING

On Aug. 27, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been in more than 60,000 years. But that’s still about 55 million km away, so don’t expect to reach out and touch it.

Given this rare opportunity to observe the red planet, UBC is opening its Observatory for free public viewing on the nights of Aug. 23, Aug. 27, Aug. 28, and Aug. 30, from 10:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. — if the skies are clear.

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