The trip a cross the country will take three vehicles. The M-BEAM EV, a chase truck for recharging of batteries, and a sleeper vehicle for eating, sleeping, and relaxing. Our team will consist of 6-8 people: a driver and navigator in the M-BEAM EV, two people in the chase truck, and the remaining crew in the sleeper vehicle for some rest and relaxation.
The total length of the trip is 2,482 miles of driving. With an estimated 120 miles per charge, we will stop approximately 21-22 times across the nation. Assuming about 5 min per stop, the total drive time will be around 45 hours. 45 hours with little sleep will be rough, but fun; we'll have to bring plenty of caffeine and energy drinks!
The goal of our trip is to show how fast and efficient battery exchange could be. We believe this is the perfect demonstration of the capabilities of our technology.
Start: San Diego, CA
Departure time: TBD
Checkpoint 1: Phoenix, AZ
Checkpoint 2: Albuquerque, NM
Checkpoint 3: Amarillo, TX
Checkpoint 4: Oklahoma City, OK
Checkpoint 5: Little Rock, AK
Checkpoint 6: Memphis, TN
Checkpoint 7: Atlanta, GA
End: Charleston, SC
Arrival time: TBD
In order to complete trip across the country, we needed a durable chassis with a low coefficient of drag (decreased air resistance) that was easily convertible to an electric car. We decided on the four door Volkswagen GTI due to it's ease of conversion, low drag coefficient, light weight, and ample space for battery storage.
Outfitted with the DC, series wound Warp 9 electric motor and a water cooled Soliton 1 controller, the M-BEAM EV (MEV) can generate a peak horsepower of 200 hp and sustain 110 hp consistently. With a battery capacity of 29 kWh and minimal rolling resistance due to high efficiency tires, we are expecting a range of greater than 125 miles.
The MEV will also contain an integrated heads up display, actively monitoring the power usage of the cells. This will be used in conjunction with efficient driving habits to optimize the range of the MEV.