Yesterday evening at 7:00 P.M. we received a call asking about that nights availability and with Janurary being a slow month we did have a room ready for guests. When I went out to greet our new guests, I did a complete double take as they disembarked from a small, uniquely painted, and highly decorated car with advertising logo and a foreign license plate. Nina Rasmussen and Hjalte Tin were extremely glad to have arrived as the car was about out of energy. The car, it turns out, is ALL electric, and they were at the end of the charge! After showing them around the B & B they asked if they could recharge the car in a 220 outlet. The only 220 plug available just happened to be in the laundry room for the electric dryer. No problem as Hjalte had an extremely long extension cord and by moving the car into the garage, he was able to quickly convert the pigtail plug and use the dryer outlet. The car needs 9 hours to recharge the batteries.
The next morning at breakfast we learned all about their adventures. They left Denmark on June 25, 2010 and are making an around the world trip (adventure!) in their 100% all electric car. Their journey has talken them already to Scandinavia, Estonia, Russia, Mongolia, China, and now they are traveling across the USA. They will continue on to Canada, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Britain and Germany before returning to Denmark on May 1, 2011. The car will be shipped from New York and arrive in Spain where they will meet up with it again after it’s 30 day journey on the high seas.
The car is Qashqai Electric developed and produced by AfutureEV in Denmark and is 100% electric. The Moto Mundo World Electric Tour is the ultimate test of electric car range, durability and performance as it is being driven in all different kinds of road and weather conditions. They have driven on long, endless highways, in the dessert heat, on the jammed streets of China, and of course the cold winter temperatures of the US, and some would say, freezing Ohio! They are also testing a unique satellite receiver positioned on top of the car that gives them broadband internet. That is how they found our B & B! The car will travel 60 to 65 mph but Hjalte likes to keep it around 45 mph so they can go further on a charge. They can travel about 100 to 125 miles between charges and are planning a stop near Youngstown tonight. I hope they can find a super B & B to which to stay the night!
Joe & I were so thrilled that we could be a part of this super adventure and meet such fascinating people who are so greatly involved in moving the world to greater sustainability. They are truely the new pioneers of the 21st century and we’re glad that we met them! For more information about the adventures of Nina and Hjalte you can go to their website, http://www.moto-mundo.com/.