The Electric Americas Foundation is filming a documentary as two Tesla electric cars cross the Pan American Highway.
501 (c) The founders of the Electric Americas Foundation, a non-profit organization, use Tesla electric cars to travel from Alaska to Patagonia on the American continent and make a documentary about their driving. The trip is a long journey of 20,000 miles in seven months, and if all goes according to plan, it will end in December 2022. Since we have published the first article about this trip, I talked to the founder Martin Canabal, who has already started the trip.
The team consists of Martin, his wife and newborn, Tuti Iraola and Oliver Umpier. While touring 12 countries, they will work with local governments, organizations and schools to raise awareness about climate change, while promoting sustainability initiatives, while also proving that it is possible to travel today without the use of fossil fuels.
Martin told me that they will create a series of documentaries that highlight individuals and organizations dedicated to sustainable initiatives and promote a better and longer future for our planet. He told me that they would meet their fellow athletes throughout the trip and present inspiring ideas as they experienced the beautiful and diverse landscapes of each country they visited.
Electric America Drives the Pan-American Highway at 2 Tesla
The team will run the world’s longest highway, the Pan American Highway. The highway begins in Alaska and ends in Patagonia, both Chile and Argentina.
Because Chile is the southernmost country in the world, Patagonia is considered by many to be the “end of the world.”
“We travel from Alaska to Patagonia by electric cars. We have two Teslas – one Model X and one Model 3. And we want to prove that we can drive an American car on a Pan American highway. ”
Martin told me that the Pan American Highway was driven by many vehicles, from cars to bicycles, but never by electric car.
“If we can build a Pan American highway with an EV, there is no excuse for the average person not to use electric cars.”
Their last place, he told me, would be Ushuaia, the southernmost city before Antarctica. Martin told me that the team expects the trip to last at least seven months. He explained that the average distance is 250 miles and they can drive 250 miles if needed under certain conditions. They have done this before.
The documentary is a documentary series depicting extreme sports and sustainable initiatives along the Pan-American Highway. The series of documents will help to prove that it is not only possible to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future, but also necessary to avoid climate change and the resulting disasters. The mission is to emphasize the strength, need and importance of sustainable initiatives to achieve this goal.
The documentary will show organizations offering solutions for a sustainable future. In each of the countries where the team passes, pro-athletes will join as protagonists to share the work of these organizations. Stories that inspire and highlight the successful achievements of environmental heroes in the Americas will be included.
The message of the documentary coincides with a quote from Tesla CEO Elon Musk:
“As long as you work hard and are not satisfied with yourself, the future will be better.”
It is a response to climate change and it solves it. Elon Musk often says that if we continue to work on it, we will solve climate change. The documentary will perfectly complement Tesla and its mission.
Martin told me that he and the team planned to interview a variety of people during the trip, from politicians to athletes. “We are interviewing government officials about what they are doing,” he said. Sustainable energy is along our route from here to Argentina, and we learn a lot. We spent only two weeks on the trip, and it was amazing. Amazing people and amazing initiatives. ”
Filling Problems, Especially in Alaska
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While talking on the phone, Martin and I literally reached Whitehorse, Canada. They began their journey a week ago in Anchorage, Alaska. He told me that the weather was beautiful and amazing, cold nights and beautiful days. We talked for a moment about the weather and mosquitoes, and he shared some of the difficulties with me.
One of the problems was finding a place to fill the house. Although they can find exits to charge in RV parks, the issue of Superchargers and Alaska came up. Tesla is rapidly expanding its Supercharger network at an incredible rate, and has dramatically changed the landscape of EV charging – which is a great thing. However, Alaska still needs some love from Tesla.
Earl of @ 28DelaysLater He recently moved to Alaska, and he asked Elon Musk and Tesla to install more Supercharger there. Earl is not alone in this desire. Martin told me about the problems and how he solved them.
“We planned the first part of the trip in Alaska and Canada, but there aren’t many Tesla chargers or even Level 2 chargers. The Yukon has some Level 2, but they have different chips. We have adapters, but not here. They are currently in San Francisco.
“The amazing thing about this place is that even though we don’t have EV chargers, we have a lot of RV parks, so we plan to charge in RV parks.”
The first problem the team faced was that it told me that one of the parks they were planning to pay for was closed. It has never opened for the season.
“We had to solve the problem, but I’m an engineer, so I like to do it! We searched a bit and all RV parks had 30 amp plugs, so we basically created an adapter to use it. Basically 30 amps to 50 amps, but some wires have been replaced and worked. It took a little longer, but we were able to recharge and continue our route. “
The Difference Between This Journey And Chris Ramsey’s Upcoming Journey
I recently wrote about Chris Ramsey’s upcoming trip with a Nissan Aria E-4ORCE. Ramsey will travel on the same highway as Martin, and his team and Martin noted that the difference between the two trips is not just the EVs. Martin’s team did not prepare their Tesla for the trip. They are homes that the average consumer can afford. Martin wanted to make the trip in a car that everyone could buy and just drive. He also shared a lot of enthusiasm and support with Chris Ramsey, and I think both teams will help eliminate a lot of misinformation against EVs.
Convenience of Tesla compressors
Although Tesla has installed more Superchargers in more remote areas, such as Alaska, it doesn’t go far enough in terms of convenience and ease of refueling. In fact, Tesla’s expansion of the network, especially now compared to 2020, has made charging easier and more sustainable.
“I think it’s very easy when you have Tesla Superchargers. It is even better than gas cars. Normally, if you are traveling long distances, you just have to stop to relax. I think it is safe to do so. So Superchargers are very convenient to use. You are charging, resting, or eating, and sometimes you wish you hadn’t finished your meal yet and had to move your car.
“I think it’s very comfortable, but I think our trip now is not for everyone and we have prepared and planned. We have many adapters and this is not for everyone. But it is getting better every year.
“We had planned this visit in 2020, but we could not do it because of Covid. Now we have redesigned everything and can find many other chargers that did not exist at that time. So for two years, even with Covid, the charging situation was better – we are not in this area now, but if I had adapters for CCS or CHAdeMO, we would already be planning to charge here using RV parks. I could charge here at Whitehorse. The Yukon government has a company that installs many Level 3 chargers in many places and on many routes. I think next year will be even more favorable. “
One of the things Martin and his team do is teach others how to fill their cars when they get to the RV park. He told me that in every RV park they’ve charged so far, people are worried about how much energy they’ll need to charge a Tesla.
“We tell everyone how much energy it takes. Not so much. We can charge for $ 11-15 – a full charge. But they are always worried about it, and of course I understand their point of view.
“The second thing I tell them in RV parks is that if you already have 50 amps or 30 amps, installing an EV charger is basically just a car, and that’s $ 1,000, and there are more and more EVs on the road every day. So I think they should install EV chargers and people will just come to charge and spend money on RV parks. For RV parks, adding this to their services is good money. If they do, people will not be afraid to travel in electric cars, and we will have more energy. I think it will be normal to travel by electric cars all over America in five years. ”
He added that it is more profitable to travel in a house than in a traditional gas car. Another thing Martin wanted to share with me was that during his week in Anchorage, all the EV chargers he installed were free to use. With gas, they could easily spend hundreds of dollars.
“I think it was great.”
Replacement of carbon traces
Martin noted that in many places, energy cannot be 100% renewable, including in Alaska. One of the criticisms of electric cars is that they are filled with electricity produced from coal or gas, and this is absolutely true in many parts of the world. Martin and the team monitor how much energy they use from the charger and plan to compensate for this. One critical way to compensate for this is that EVs do not produce greenhouse gases.
“We are counting on everything to compensate with carbon loans. We know that in most places – for example, in Alaska – most of the energy cannot be recovered. “
I plan to keep in touch with Martin throughout the trip, so follow us for a few follow-ups along the way.
If you want to donate or contribute to the trip, you can do it here. You can also watch their journey here. You can also watch the trailer of the documentary here.
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