July 3, 2008 - SolarTaxi - the offical start of the North American tour! The SolarTaxi arrived from Switzerland via 32 countries and 32,000 kms (thus far) of roads in Europe, the Middle East and Asia! The 1400-pound vehicle with attached solar trailer runs 100% on Q-cell Solar Panels and Zebra Sodium Nickel Chloride (molten-carbonate) batteries which have a higher energy density than lithium! The car's average speed is 65 kph and has enough battery onboard to run 300 km on cloudy days or at night. SolarTaxi headed up the VEVA entry in the annual July 1st North Shore Parade and was on display at Waterfront Park near Lonsdale Quay later on in the day. On Thursday July 3rd, SolarTaxi received a grand sendoff for its North American tour with stops at Canada Place, Transport Canada on Burrard Street downtown and Telus Science World, escorted by VEVA's EVs and police motorcycles. Here is a 360 degree pan shot of the event where Loius Palmer is speaking. It shows our beloved REV!2004 site taken over by construction cranes -- it will become the 2010 Olympic Village!

SolarTaxi Reception and Sendoff - July 3, 2008

The official SolarTaxi event took place in downtown Vancouver July 3rd, 2008.

A police-escorted motorcade for the SolarTaxi and four VEVA EVs started out from Canada Place at 9:30, with a stop at Environment Canada's offices at Burrard and Pender.

The sendoff reception and media event was in front of Telus Science World, with speeches by dignitaries and various parties closely allied with the SolarTaxi effort.

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July 1st - North Shore Canada Day Parade - A massive parade with 90 entries! VEVA had six cars and two eBikes in this year's parade which was viewed by many thousands of people! Special guest Louis Palmer and Walter Deplazes, Vancouver-based Consul General for Switzerland in the SolarTaxi from Switzerland (400 km range!), Axel Gringmuth and his wife in period costume in the 1912 Detroit, Bob Milburn-Brown in the Ford Escort wagon originally owned by Leslie Nielsen's brother Eric, Greg Murray's e-SUV with flag-waving teens in the back, Gordon Wong and Isla Smith in the 85 Fiero and Don Chandler's purple S-10 truck ... Click for photos!