THE INITIATION OF THE FIRST EV RACE AROUND THE WORLD
Genesis 2012 was highlighted by Rafael de Mestre who rallied around the world in a standard all-electric Tesla Roadster in 127 days.
Having started from Barcelona on May 11, he made his way westwards in chase of Xavier Degon and Antonin Guy
to win the first rEVolutionary race around the world that set the pace for ELDURO 2016.
Every stop a charge point
Rafael de Mestre had the idea to register every charge point along his route. This way, people could follow live his itinerary and furthermore they could afterwards retrace his steps, proving that long range driving is possible with electric cars.
All the charge points were saved in the world’s largest charge point database: electromaps.com
September 2011: Tesla Roadster driver Rafael de Mestre planned to be the first world round trip driver with a standard EV on 2013 with Model S.
February 2012: Two French guys started on February 2012 to be the first and named their trip „electric odyssey“ www.electric-odyssey.com
March 2012: Mr. Rafael de Mestre decides to accept the race and plans now to overtake the French guys before they reach their starting point Strassbourg.
Mr. de Mestre, a Spanish driver, will start in Barcelona in May, will pass Strassbourg and then will follow the French guys to cross US, China, Russia and Europe, passing Strassbourg before the French and coming back to Barcelona. He wants to make it in 80 days. Preparation can’t start before April 15th due to customer project finishing.
April 2012: Press preparation. This first electric vehicle race will be followed by TV, radio, press and internet. First support is promised by RWE. Rafael de Mestre plans to start on May 1st in Bercelona trying to overtake them, driving with his Tesla Roadster #507, before they reach their aim Strasbourg. Very stressful preparation to get visas and the needed papers to be able to cross the countries.
The mayor of Barcelona has a full schedule for this day
The driver Rafael de Mestre went ill
The drive through license for China will be delayed
Rescheduled to 10.5.2012 due to missing drive through license for China
Rescheduled to 11.5.2012 due to missing Passport – blocked by Visa Kazakhstan
11.5.2012 RACE STARTED in Barcelona – exact 3 months later than the French – including the risk to fail due to missing papers for US
15.5.2012 Arrival in Strasbourg
17.5.2012 Arrival in Cologne
18.5.2012 Ready to transport in Frankfurt – US insurance still missing. Without the insurance, the car will be blocked in NY
21.5.2012 Yeah! Got the US insurance!
22.5.2012 Car and driver in NY now
23.5.2012 Departing heading west
07.6.2012 Waiting in LA for transfer – China drive through license for 25.6. confirmed – will lose 14 days
17.6.2012 Car arrived China. Following the newest calculations, I have to drive 400km per day starting with 26.6. to reach Barcelona 80 days after the start, race turns to a mission impossible
22.6.2012 Chinese dragon boat festivity blocks all procedures from ongoing till 25.6
23.6.2012 Rafael de Mestre reaches Beijing
26.6.2012 Tianjin – Driving licence doctor test, one certificate more
03.7.2012 Car security test
04.7.2012 Got the license plates
05.7.2012 Fly to Germany for the wedding of Rafael de Mestre’s brother
06.7.2012 Visa only valid for one entrance, new Visa application for China will last 4 to 8 days
07.7.2012 Flying to Hong Kong
08.7.2012 Getting the China Visa in Hong Kong. Kazakhstan visa will outdate tomorrow
09.7.2012 Flight to Beijing deviated due to thunderstorms to Jinan – reaching the hotel to stay overnight on July 10th 2 a.m. Reception wants Rafael to share a room with another person
10.7.2012 Reached Beijing in the afternoon, too late for Kazakhstan embassy
11.7.2012 Waiting in a queue at the embassy for three hours with no success, visa shall last 5 days. Postponed to be able to catch the French on the way
12.7.2012 Taking the train to Tianjin. Driving to the hotel, plug off the car and gooo!!
13.7.2012 Got 30A at the hotel, great!
14.7.2012 Driving crossing China
22.7.2012 After only 10 days China crossed from Tianjin to Urumqi, waiting for KZ visa now
25.7.2012 Got the visa for KZ, driving to Karamay
26.7.2012 Roadster killer roads – deviation needed, not driving to Karamay, driving to Almaty
13.8.2012 Flying back to Astana
16.8.2012 Kazakhstan crossed – leaving to Russia
17.8.2012 Invitation from Ekaterinburg
18.8.2012 Day of the special moments Ekaterinburg and Krefeld
24.8.2012 Russia crossed in only 8 days – leaving to Ukraine. Status France / Spain 21565 / 19744 km
27.8.2012 Ukraine done. Status France / Spain 22244 / 20859 km
28.8.2012 Pit stop in Bucharest Status France / Spain 22388 / 21301 km
30.8.2012 Sibiu France: 22731 / Spain: 21676 km
31.8.2012 Budapest France: 23066 / Spain: 22218 km
03.9.2012 Crash box mounted FR:23303 / ES: 22821km
04.9.2012 Finishing of technic repairing FR:23325 / ES: 22821km
05.9.2012 Handover of repaired car, driving to accident point and proceeding the race
06.9.2012 Arrival in Luzern FR:23739 ES:23480km
08.9.2012 Arrival in Perpignan FR:24247 ES:24365km – Spain overtakes total driven km record
11.9.2012 After driving through the Pyrenees and Andorra start from Zaragoza to Santander
13.9.2012 Driving from Santander over Zaragoza to Manresa in one day about 680km
14.9.2012 great welcome starting with press in Manresa and then every 20km stops for photos and press with the big highlight of entering Barcelona through the Arco de Triunfo
15.9.2012 The whole day press, interviews and photos. I gave one kind guy a short acceleration ride as birthday present, who yelled loud for fun. I met a very kind reporter of Vanguardia newspaper, who asked me very interesting questions, not the custom, boring ones 🙂
16.9.2012 Visited the grave of my father
17.9.2012 Interview in Zaragoza
18.9.2012 Arrival in Bilbao – meeting with Michael Eymann (black Tesla Roadster)
19.9.2012 Meeting Thomas Schleich with his white Tesla and driving to Bordeaux
20.9.2012 Driving with three Teslas through France, skipping Paris
21.9.2012 Heading Strasbourg, Udo Werges joins with his black Tesla in Nancy
22.9.2012 Road closed, jam, it seems, that we should not reach Strasbourg
17h Arrival in Strasbourg, driving on to the Place Kleber and opening of the bottle of Champaign Rafael de Mestre got as gift from the Barcelona authorities.
28.282 km driven in total – totally tired but happy to be the first man of the world who did it in an 100% standard electric car, having a lot of world records broken.
2.9.2012 After 22.821 km of driving through desert sandstorms, heat till 53°C, the worst roads on earth and thunderstorms, the electric car reaches Germany and crashes into a car close before the finish line. Nothing could stop the car from driving and now Rafael de Mestre is standing beside the rests of his car.
3.9.2012 Tesla service gives the first infomation that the car can be repaired, but it will last about 3 weeks in normal case. The insurance company Basler and Tesla will try to work together to accellerate the procedure of motor vehicle assessment.
4.9.2012 Tesla mounted the crashbox over night, repairing KIT with 5 technicians in parallel! Working till the night so that the painting can dry till next morning.
5.9.2012 Finishing and putting stickers so that car is ready at 17h.
Rafael de Mestre, Tesla Roadster driver form Spain, plans the first trip around the world in a 100% electric car.
Two French guys start the Electric Odyssey www.electric-odyssey.com, the first circumnavigation of its kind.
Rafael de Mestre decides to accept the challenge and plans now to overtake the French guys before they reach their starting point, Strasbourg.
Rafael de Mestre starts from Barcelona, passes Strasbourg, following the French guys across the US, China, Russia, and Europe. Finally, he reaches Barcelona, passing Strasbourg before Xavier Degon and Antonin reach their final point. Aiming to make it in 80 days, he sets the world record for the fastest circumnavigation around the globe in a standard 100% electric car in 127 days.
HALL OF FAME
ELECTRIC CAR CIRCUMNAVIGATORS
Hjalte Tin and Nina Tin Rasmussen
25.6.2010: Start of first electric circumnavigation in a selfmade electric Nissan. 36.000 km in 310 days by the two Danish adventurers Hjalte Tin and Nina Tin Rasmussen without any support car. The car is still in operation.
16.8.2010: 196 days circumnavigation by several drivers with selfmade electric cars at zero-race.com won by zerotracer.com team. They drove 25.000 km in 80 days and took 126 days for the transport over the sea.
Rafael de Mestre
11.05.2012: First electric around the world race by two standard 100% electric cars putting the world record mark to 127 days by the winner Rafael de Mestre. In addition he was the first man who did a circumnavigation with a 100% electric car alone, without any support team or support car. For 28.282 km he needed 65 days plus delay of 5 days to repair the car after a serious accident plus 57 days for toll formalities and transport over the sea.
16.6.2016: 11 international teams started the around the world rally betting to be able to make it in 80 days like Phileas Phogg in the book “in 80 days around the world”.9 teams managed to circumnavigate the world in 80 days including the transport over seas under the rule that the cars were driving 100% of the land route.This project extended the list of drivers who circumnavigated the whole world by more than 100%.
RECORDS SET by rafael de mestre
World wide charge infrastrucure finding App and Website
Delivers the newest information about
charging points all over the word
More than 80 days
TV will report about the trip in these 80 days, but the media presence will be much longer.
After the trip there will be many interviews and show events with the car, where your logo will be sticked on.
To proove the massive press echo of the past non promoted 10.000km tour on 2011, please google for „Tesla goes east“.
2011: Prime Time 3,25 min report on Romanian main news TV chain
2011: Several Web TV reports
2011: Invitation to IAA 2011
2011: Hundreds of threads in the internet
2011: 25.000 visitors of the webpage, where the trip could be tracked
2011: Excited people on the streets
2011: Daily press and car magazine reports like Auto Bild
2012 Website: The trip, speed, location and the distance to the French drivers will be possible to track live online.
2012 Youtube: Pictures and Videos will be uploaded every day to Youtube with link to the webpage.
2012 Twitter: News will be posted live.
2012 Facebook: Tour details will be posted.
2012 Book: At the end the whole story will be written down to keep this moment for the future.
2012 Movie: All with the on board and off board cameras collected video material will be cut to a documentation picture.
2012 TV, Radio, Press: Interviews
Companies we asked
- Santander Bank
- AXA insurance
- BASLER insurance
- Bet and win
- Red Bull
- Accor hotels
- Intercontinental hotels
- NH hotels
- Tag Heuer
- United Nations