from the Tico Times Newspaper)
March 23, 2001
More than 30 electric cars and motorcycles piloted
by contestants from six netions will take part
here this week in an unprecedented Caribbean-to-Pacific
road rally to have fun while raising consciousness
about these silent, clean-burning vehicles.
will leave at 8:30 a.m. March 28 from the south
Carribean community of Puerto Viejo, head north
to Cahuita and Limon and then west, along the
Braulio Carrillo highway to EARTH University,
Guapiles and then on through San Jose to the
Pacific port city of Puntarenas.
rally arrives in San José March 30. It
will depart from the Municipal building on Ave.
10 and proceed east down Paseo Colon, Ave. 2,
Paseo de los Estudiantes and Parque de la Paz,
and then along the San Jose beltway (the traffic-circle
route) to the Universidad de Costa Rica and
the court building in Goicoechea de Guadalupe
before heading to Moravia and Tibas to it's
final metro-area destination: INBio in Santo
Domingo de Heredia.
The rally leaves from INBio March 31 for the
communities of Heredia, Alajuela and San Ramon,
where contestants will spend the night. Sunday,
April 1, drivers will leave San Ramon for Esparza
and Puntarenas. All departure times are set
for 8:30 a.m.
Costa Rica Foundation for Sustainable Development
(entebbe) is the event's main organizer. Sponsors
include: Instituto Costarricense de Turismo
(ICT), Earth University, Amnet, Instituto Costarricense
de Electricidad (ICE), Pizza Hut and Ministerio
de Minas y Energías (MINAE).
from Costa Rica, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Canada
and the U.S. will compete with both completely
electric and "hybrid" vehicles that
combine electrically charged batteries with
some type of internal combustion fuel.
will be judged and awarded not for who arrives
first, but for overall energy efficiency, a
complex equation that contemplates distance,
speed and energy consumed.