Model Jessie Lynn at Timexpo Museum :: Swimsuit Mirna Delgadillo                         Mouseover :: Tom Gage at AC Propulsion with First Scion xB EV








Road 66 map borrowed from Golf Digest

Pictures from the trip hosted on the
Electrifying Times website.

One Hour and 40 Minutes Documentary
See YouTube

(courtesy Bob Waldmire)






A 10 minute video of the Friday, August 18, 2006 demonstration
of the AC Propulsion eBox (Scion xB EV conversion) in Santa Monica, CA.

Carl Boyd of Normal Design gave TheBox66 a party in Chicago on May 12th, 2006 at the Funky Buddha Lounge. Bruce Meland, publisher of Electrifying Times, and co-sponsor of this voyage, met us that night.

Then next morning, we arrived in Joliet, joining the NEDRA drag racing team!

Route 66 today is the most popular travel destination in America, just like a giant amusement park ride. Tourists from all over the world come to this country simply to rent a car and drive along Route 66. Electrifying Times magazine and Chevalier Photography are organizing a two week long promotional road trip down old Route 66. Our main goals are:

1) Encourage Toyota to produce a Hybrid version of their Scion xB.
2) Promote Electrifying Times magazine and shoot a lot of great photography.
3) Find perfect spots to install EV chargers all along Route 66 (see map here) so future tourists can travel the entire length of the old route with an EV or plug-in hybrid.

eTec sells Chargers (pdf) enabling 20 minutes charge times, but lack of industry standards make compatibility to all types of electric vehicles difficult. More affordable are 220v outlets, available from companies like Milbank, compatible with EVs supported by EAA, requiring 2 hours or more charge times. Already found at RV parks, anyone can install them at their home or business for less than $500.

We reported from the road to numerous media outlets. We're talking with Tilapia Film and Christopher Metzler, director of the award winning documentary Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, about producing the film Electric Highway. Christopher Keiser of Percolator Pictures traveled part of the way chronicling with his video camera. Thanks to Adam Black of SustainabilitiTV for facilitating.

Keep your eyes peeled for coverage in Route 66 magazine, Route 66 Pulse + lots of other zines, magazines and newspapers! We're going it all over again soon, but with the AC Propulsion eBox Scion xB EV!

"In the future, the cars you see from Toyota will be 100 percent hybrid.''
- Kazuo Okamoto, Toyota Executive Vice President

"In the after market, fuel efficiency needs to become just as important an accessory option as performance components. Today, kustomizers should be able to trick their cars to max out mpg as easy as slipping NOX injection systems under the hood or installing hydraulics in their suspension. Jesse James should be ashamed of himself for not having made this a regular feature of Monster Garage sooner, especially since the man producing it, Thom Beers, used to produce Network Earth for Ted Turner!"
- RemyC. ET Webed.

Stops Along The Way...

Some stops were cancelled due to
scheduling and routing conflicts.
Others included not listed yet,
pending review of materials collected.

Print 8x10 Poster! (577K)

NEDRA High Voltage Nationals
May 13, 2006
Route 66 Dragway, Joliet Illinois


Friends & Sponsors:
Electrifying Times
Arcos Cielos
Scion of Westport
Route 66 Magazine
Route 66 Topo Maps
Route 66 Film Festival
Paranoia Magazine
Adventures Unlimited
EV Charger News

Moon Eyes

Kargo Master
Rock Hard Cases
Model Mayhem
Tree Hugger
Organic Portraits
E - The Environmental Magazine
Laughlin Ranch
Tiki Mag
Ekwo Magazine
Real Goods
(more to come)

Britney Owns a Scion xB!
Part 1
| Part 2 
Part 3 | Part 4

Party: May 12th 2006
@ the Funky Buddha Lounge 9PM
in Chicago
Kicked Off: May 13th 2006

Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL

Quimby's in Chicago, IL
Funky Buddha in Chicago
(Party! May 12th - 9PM)
Route 66 Dragway in Joliet, IL (Official Kick Off! May 13th)
Adventures Unlimited in Kempton, IL
(May 14th)
Tour of Chicago Tiki Bars with James Teitelbaum
(May 15th)
Gemini Giant in Wilmington, IL
Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, IL
(May 16th - Noon)
Steamshovel Press in St. Louis. MO
(May 17th)
Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO
Cahokia Indian Mounds east of St. Louis, MO
(next trip!)
Eisler Brothers General Store in Riverton, KS
Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK
(next trip!)
Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX
Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa, NM
Burt's Tiki Lounge in Albuquerque, NM
Array Technologies, Inc. in Albuquerque, NM
Sandia Labs in Albuquerque, NM
UFO Museum in Roswell, NM
Baca Street Biofuels Station in Santa Fe, NM
(next trip!)
Grand Canyon Village in AZ
Hackberry General Store in Hackberry, AZ
Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop in Seligman, AZ
Center for the New Age in Sedona, AZ
(next trip!)
Red Planet Diner in Sedona, AZ
Neon Museum Boneyard in Las Vegas, NV
Route 66 Magazine in Laughlin, NV
(next trip!)
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection in Laughlin, NV
Salton Sea in La Quinta, CA
(next trip!)
WigWam Motel in Rialto, CA
(next trip!)
Barstow Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum in Barstow, CA
AC Propulsion in San Dimas, CA (end-of-trip)

All Los Angeles stops below cancelled:
Petersen Museum
in Los Angeles
Sergio Leone Exhibit in Los Angeles, CA
Beverly Hills Trader Vic's in Los Angeles, CA many Golf Courses along the way where electric golf cars are being used, RV camp grounds where 220 volts outlets are found and as many Tiki Bars as we can find!

... Then up the Pacific Coast Highway to visit the editorial offices of Electrifying Times magazine in Bend, OR. Pit stops Presidio in San Francisco, Solar Living Institute in Hopland and Reading Frenzy in Portland. (This portion of the trip has been postponed to a later date.)

If you want to be a scheduled stop on the next THE BOX 66 itinerary, please call CHEVALIER PHOTOGRAPHY.

Remy Chevalier
Press Photo


"The blonde is being imprisoned (ha ha) by the evil stone giant; and she is beckoning to her rich hero to come get in the big white toaster-oven and mow the monster down; and then will come the moment when she cries, "My hero!, how can I ever repay you?!"
- caniscandida - via gristmill

"AC Propulsion is studying a plan to manufacture 100 safety-certified Scion xB electric conversions and sell them to retail and fleet customers. The conversions will be based on the Scion xB base model, and a premium model with a larger battery will be developed. The base model will outperform the Toyota RAV4 EV and is expected to sell for about the same price. First production is planned in 2007. We have not found a better vehicle to start with. The gasoline Scion costs less than $15,000 well-equipped and weighs less than 2400 pounds. The xB is huge inside. The xB in particular appeals to fleets. To get the best range and performance in an EV with the broadest appeal and the lowest price, the Scion has the looks of a winner."
-- AC Propulsion, San Dimas, CA








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