SUNDAY 9th September, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
PUBLIC ENTRY FROM 11 AM
We would love to see you at “The Hare & the Turtle”, our EV community gathering at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell on Sunday 9 September. We hope that EV owners from the South Island will converge for a mix of fun, education, outreach and a spot of science. The whole family is invited. It’s all part of Intl Drive Electric week and the media will be there to tell the rest of the world about you as early adopters and citizen scientists – so get your hair done!
Some of you may be able to assemble in Cromwell on the night of Saturday 18th – we’ll have a shared meal at a cheap and cheerful restaurant. Otherwise here’s the schedule:
- Highlands Motorsport Park (http://www.highlands.co.nz/) opens for charging, scanning your EVs, fitting EV Black Boxes and science briefing from 7.30 am on Sunday 9th September
- Main safety briefing from the Highlands professional drivers will be at 9 am
- Two experiments will be run on the race track (at a safe speed) and one outside the park until 11 am. These experiments will test the reliability of battery health and internal resistance measures and the effect of tyre pressure on energy efficiency range
- The public will start arriving at 11 am for test drives and answers to their questions by you early adopters
- At 11 am we will also run a ‘Motorkhana’ event on the track – here you can test your skill in timed trials while maneuvering around small cones.
- At noon we’ll assemble in the Pit Lane function areas for 6 short talks by EV and motoring experts, and to munch a simple lunch
- Around 1 pm we’ll do some demonstration drag races out in front of pit lane – ChargeNet’s Tesla will take on the Highlands Ferrari
- We’ll end the day with two circuits of the main racetrack behind a Pace vehicle (no overtaking and a safe speed).
- You should be clear of the park by 2 pm latest.
ChargeNet have offered free Rapid Charging for your journey to and from Cromwell (aren’t they the very best!). We’ll be organising slower charging at the Highlands Pit lane and nearby Top 10 Motor camp, so most of you will have a full battery by departure time to start your journey home.
The Otago Electric Vehicle Society Incorporated is organising this event and would appreciate a donation of $25 per car to defray costs.
We’ll fit automated data loggers (https://flipthefleet.org/ev-black-box/) to your Leaf if you want to be part of a community experiment to monitor battery health and temperature, energy efficiency etc. over the next 6 months – it just sits there out of sight and sends data from your car to the communal database. Loggers would normally cost $450 for this trial, but we’ve got 30 to lend for free courtesy of a grant from Otago Museum – we’ll allocate the boxes roughly on a first-come-first served basis up until each sampling group (24 kWh vs 30 kWh) is fully subscribed.
We need you to RSVP to [email protected] if you are coming or just think you might. We’ll then send you a full bundle of instructions and suggestions for accommodation (if staying overnight in Cromwell). If you need to discuss logistics, you can also ring Henrik on 027 2268688.
We are grateful to generous sponsorship from ChargeNet NZ, The Better NZ Trust and Highlands Motorsport Park to make this event possible. The science exercises are part-funded by a Participatory Science Project awarded by Otago Museum as part of the government’s Curious Mindsportfolio (http://www.flipthefleet.org/2018/curious-minds-funding-to-test-battery-fade-issues/).
Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road
Cromwell, Otago 9384
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