Carl Boyd of
Normal Design gave TheBox66 a party in Chicago on May 12th,
2006 at the
Bruce Meland, publisher of
and co-sponsor of this voyage, met us that night.
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:
Encourage Toyota to produce a Hybrid version of their Scion xB.
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.''
"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
Garage sooner, especially since the man producing it, Thom Beers, used to
produce Network Earth for Ted Turner!"
Stops Along The Way...
Some stops were
cancelled due to
Party: May 12th
in Chicago, IL
...plus 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.)
"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."
Route 66: Directory of Financial & Technical Assistance (pdf)
Route 66 Preservation - Success Through Partnerships (pdf)
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Map