On July 5th 1999 a group of
Electronics Engineering Students from Tokyo Denki University, headed by
Professor Masaharu Fujinaka, embarked on a 12,000 mi round the world trip in a
Toyota Starlet Electric Vehicle. The 1300cc Toyota Starlet was converted to
electric power by a class of Electronic Engineering students in 1966.
They headed west to the port city of Kobe where they boarded a ferry to China. They arrived in Beijing on July 12 and are crossing China with hopes of arriving Moscow around the Aug 22. And then to Warsaw Poland, Berlin and on to Antwerp Belgium where they will board a ship to New York. From NY they will travel to Hamilton Ontario, Canada, Detroit, Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City, and then on to Los Angeles by mid October. They want to demonstrate that the 21rst Century will be the age of the electric car.
You can follow their progress on their website www.d.dendai.ac.jp/sev/world/worldindex_e.htm After celebrations and interviews they will again board a ship and back to Japan in time for fall school activities.
Electrifying Times will be doing a feature story in the next special edition due out in late August.
Mailing address is as follows:
Department of Planning & Research
Tokyo Denki University
2-2 Kanda-Nishiki-cho Chiyoda-ku,