Jan 03

TWIKE Events 2014 (engl.)

Dear TWIKE Friends,

we are happy to announce you some interesting events for 2014. Have a closer look, maybe there is something suitable for you.

You are interested in participating in a driving event, but still you are not a TWIKE owner? It might be possible to get a TWIKE from our manufactory after having successfully completed our pilot training. More info at info@twike.com

Let’s meet up for getting to know each other, test driving, answering questions…Best chance is to talk to us on one of our exhibition stands in 2014. Stay tuned!

APRIL

  •    MobiliTec Hannover: 7.4.-11.4.2014

http://www.hannovermesse.de/en/mobilitec

The MobiliTec in Hanover will be the first exhibition of 2014. More information about the presence of TWIKE soon.

“Electro-mobility and hybrid powertrain technology are driving growth in the 21st century. At MobiliTec players who in the past operated separately – from car manufacturers and the components supply industry through to the energy sector – are linked and work together as a single network to establish a system for the future. In 2014 MobiliTec will again show that it is a unique global platform offering a broad spectrum of mobility solutions for today and tomorrow. Trade visitors from all over the world recognize that Hannover is the only place where they can be sure to fi nd the latest technology and appropriate answers to infrastructural problems.” (www.hannovermesse.de/en/mobilitec).

MAY

  • 3. ENCW Black Forest E-Rallye 2014: 17.05 – 18.05.2014

        http://www.schwarzwald-energy.de/schwarzwald-strom/e-rallye.html

An idyllic route takes you from Calw to the “Gold City” Pforzheim through the “Casino City” of Baden Baden and the picturesque valley of Murg. You will also discover Germany’s largest marketplace in Freudenstadt. Enjoy the region of well-known Black Forest and Baden.

Registration deadline: 04/17/2014. Number of participants limited to 30.

  • eTourEurope – “9 Days 9 Capitals”: 17.05.-26.05.2014

http://www.etoureurope.eu/

A tour of superlatives:

1. 4200km total distance: The longest driven EV event.

2. 450km daily drive: Maximum daily range driven at an EV event.

Our participating TWIKE team “CHALLENGE THE TRADITIONS” is also looking forward to this electrical challenge. Other interested TWIKE pilots are warmly welcome. Let’S TWIKE together!

  • 9. Alpen-Adria-Energy Award: 16.05. – 17.05.2014

http://alpenadriaenergyaward.at/

Let’s TWIKE Austria, Italy and Slovenia together!

  • 6. eMOBILITY WORLD 2014, Friedrichshafen: 23.05. – 25.05.2014

http://www.e-mobility-world.de

Thanks to all TWIKE Pilots and visitors who joined us already 2013:

Stay tuned for more information.

  •     eTour Brandenburg: 24.05.2014

http://www.etour-brandenburg.de

  •    Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia: 27.05.-31.05.2014

http://www.nikolateslaevrally.com.hr/

Croatia will host its first electric car rally that winds from the northern coast to the capital Zagreb through some of the country’s most scenic spots. It starts in the coastal town of Pula in the north, heading south to the mountain village Smiljan where Tesla was born, Krka National Park and Zadar on the coast before heading inland and north to the capital Zagreb.

  •      WAVE TROPHY 2014: 29.05.-07.06.2014

www.wavetrophy.com

The WAVE – World Advanced Vehicle Expedition is going to start on 30. May 2014 and be the world’s largest electric vehicle rally, leading from Baden-Württemberg via Bavaria to the Alps in 10 days with 50 – 70 participating teams from all over the world. The WAVE aims to show that electric mobility powered by renewable energies is available and a great solution for our future mobility.

As every year, the WAVE is accompanied by TWIKE Pilots. Oliver Kuhn is already looking forward to his participation in 2014:

Below the WAVE 2013 film with our English TWIKE team Andrew and Angela:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6VnUynXNQw

JUNE

Burn tires, not fuel! Welcome to the Electric Marathon 2014. Crossing 11 countries and 35 cities from Saint Petersburg to Monte Carlo in 12 days! One of the goals: To promote cooperation between different regions of Europe. Let’s start in category III: Electrically powered lightweight vehicles registered in L category. Registration deadline: May 15, 2014. Let’s TWIKE Europe!

  •   Lipsia-Emotion, 1. E-Mobilitätsrallye in Leipzig, 06.06-08.06.2014

http://www.lipsia-e-motion.com/home/1st-rally-of-electric-mobility-for-central-germany-in-leipzig/

“From everyday life, for everyday life.” Convince yourself at the first e-mobility rally in Leipzig, Germany, that the TWIKE has already proven reliability for everyday use the last 15 years. In addition to the starting Rosenthal TWIKE team already other TWIKEs are signed up for participation. What about you?

Get electrified with the following Lipsia-Emotion Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0NMHzbfp9M

  •    4. Nordeuropäische E-Mobil Rally, Flensburg, 13.06.-15.06.2014

http://emobil-rallye.com

Take part!  Discounted entry fee of 290 € for registration before 12th of May. Final registration deadline: 13th of June. Driven daily distance: about 180km. The field is traditionally mixed. Not speed ​​counts but a uniform and energy-saving driving style!

AUGUST

  •    2. E-Mobil-Berg-Cup, Osnabrück, 02.08.-03.08.2014

http://www.msc-osnabrueck.com/e-mobil-berg-cup/teilnehmer-informationen/category/145-2014.html

SEPTEMBER

  • e-via, Austria – Hungary, 20.09.2014

http://www.e-via.info/index.php?route=common%2Fpage&id=2024

 

  •    e-Cross Germany, September

http://www.ecross-germany.de/

More information as soon as available.

  • ·Berth Benz Challenge, Frankfurt, 19.09.-21.09.2014

http://www.bertha-benz-challenge.de

Welcome to the Bertha Benz Challenge 2014, which takes place at the same time as the wellknown “Automechanika”. Already in 2013 our concept car “TW4XP” participated as an innovative vehicle according to the following the slogan: “Since Bertha Benz didn’t drive a classic car in 1888 but at that time the most innovative vehicle of its time, there will start only the most innovative cars of our time!”
Enjoy some electric moments of Bertha Benz Challenge 2013:

http://youtu.be/UIr1pVZfLCs

  • Schone Lucht Rallye, Netherlands, 20.09.2014

http://www.schoneluchtrally.nl/english-summary/

  •   eRUDA 2014, Ammersee, 27.09-28.09.2014

www.eruda.de

Get the experience of some fascinating days “electrically around the Ammersee”. Note: Applications are already running. Get registered until 31.3.2014 and receive back your registration fee at the start! Note: Final registration deadline: 31.8.2014.

OCTOBER

  •    eCarTec Munich, 21.10.-23.10.2014

http://www.ecartec.de/en/home/

Let’s TWIKE!

Your TWIKE Team Rosenthal

Jul 08

WAVE 2013: Epilogue

The adventure is over, we are on the train from Zürich to Salzburg to pick up our car and drive home. We got up early again as usual, but it’s really weird not to have to consult the road book to check where we have to be and at what time. The mountains are still there outside the train window but they are unreachable, like a movie behind closed windows. Going by train is a very civilised way of travel, but also a very impersonal one. You make no connection with the people or the country, you just observe…. or fall asleep. A very strange feeling after the last 10 days of intense contact and open windows.

Mountains behind windows

At 13:58 we will be in Salzburg to pick up our car from the hotel we stayed in a week and a half ago. Then we’ll hit the Autobahn and make our way towards Calais, which we will have to reach tomorrow afternoon for our ferry home.

It has been a good journey with highs and lows. At the end we will have travelled 5000 km in just over 2 weeks… by car, ship, TWIKE, and train. We have slept in B&Bs, hotels, bunkers, youth hostels, and an electric vehicle workshop. We have made many new friends, some of whom we might never meet again. We have met old friends whom we hadn’t seen in years.

We would like to thank everybody who helped making this journey possible and all the people who helped us on our way. And thank you for taking part by reading our blog!

 

It was a good journey!

 

Angela and Andreas

Jul 07

WAVE 2013: Day 10 – Neuhausen to Küsnacht

The WAVE 2013 is over and we actually won something! We ended up third in the competition for the best vehicle (judged by over 1000 school children), we got third prize for our blog, and finally we came first in the competition for highest efficiency (lowest energy consumption). It was really nice to win this prize, considering that we actually pedalled 1800km through the alps in 10 days! We probably deserved it…

First place in WAVE 2013 category "most efficient vehicle"

First place in WAVE 2013 category “most efficient vehicle”

The morning was filled with the hunt for the last few stamps, after our “breakfast” was delivered to our accomodation (paper bags with a croissant, a bun, an apple, butter, jam, and a cup with cold latte coffee from the van of the local baker, parked in front of the bunker). The drive was great, relaxed and through a beautiful countryside. The sun was shining, a cooling wind was blowing, the stamp stops were easy to find, and the people there gave us a warm welcome. A special treat was the ferry over the Züri See on the very last leg to Küsnacht.

On the ferry over the Züri See

 

In Küsnacht we got free drinks, ice cream, and cake… the days of the ubiquitous Bratwurst were finally over! It was a long wait till the end ceremony at 5pm, filled with long talks with new and old friends. Then finally Louis stepped onto the stage and the end of the WAVE 2013 began. I was SO pleased that in the end it were Frank and Frank of Team Phoenix Contact who won first prize. They are fantastic guys and really deserved the win! Congratulations again!!!

The winners: Frank and Frank from Phoenix Contact

Then suddenly it was all over, a few more photographs, hugs, goodbyes, hope-to-see-you-agains, and we were on our way to Thomas Bechtiger’s TWIKE Service in Zürich, where Wolfgang and Christina picked up our trusted TW1009 with their van (Angela had tears in her eyes) and we will spend the last night in Switzerland before catching the train to Salzburg in the morning. Thank you, Thomas!

The proof: we’ve done 2121km in 11 days (we got the TWIKE with 22km)

 

Our journey is not quite over yet, we still have to drive all the way back to England. But we already know that we will miss being on the road with our TW1009 every day… we would have had no problems carrying on.

Andreas

Jul 06

WAVE 2013: Day 9 – Baden to Neuhausen

Last night we spent in the very nice Baden youth hostel where we managed to get a room for ourselves, so Angela could rest properly and get a good night’s sleep. In the morning she was feeling much better and was nearly back to her old self. After an early breakfast we packed everything into the TWIKE and left Baden for the centre of Zürich where we were supposed to arrive at 8am for the world record attempt of the largest electric vehicle parade in history. Surprisingly we didn’t see any other electric vehicle until we arrived at our meeting point near the Züri See. Then the CHAOS began… More and more elctric vehicles turned up, it was unbelievable. Such variety! Of course there were lots and lots of TWIKES, probably nearly as many Teslas. There were Ions, iMievs, Amperas, Tazzaris, City-Els, Zoes, Twizzys, and many many more. I even briefly saw a Horlacher 1,  I think. The TWIKEs were all channeled to one side to join the end of the parade, because Louis wasn’t sure whether they would be counted as hybrid vehicles by the Guiness Book officials. We didn’t mind that, it was great to drive in a group of so many TWIKEs. The parade was absolute chaos, the promised free route through the Züri Fäscht was partly blocked by idiots who had extended their stalls onto the road and delivery vans who tried to get in and out to re-stock the many stalls along our route. But after about two hours of stop and go we had made it: a record number of 388 electric vehicles had taken part in the parade and incidentally also in the first electric traffic jam in history!

 

Electric Vehicle Parade in Zürich

Driving the Parade

The rest of the day was filled with a hunt for stamps at several check points around Zürich, which is supposed to continue tomorrow. A large number of the parade vehicles joined us on this hunt which was really great: for the first time in our lives we could experience how it will be when the density of electric vehicles will finally be larger than the density of “normal” cars. What a great feeling that was! So quiet and relaxed! Wolfgang and Christina had arrived for the parade as well with their world-record TWIKE (511km on one charge) and we joined forces in the hunt for the stamps. At the end of the day we had managed to collect them all, although we arrived in Neuhausen with a two hour delay because of the chaos in the morning. We didn’t mind the extra 5 penalty points…

Wolfgang was proud of his record!

Neuhausen is great! In case you don’t know: the Rhine Falls of Schaffhausen are actually in Neuhausen! So after a dinner of a few limp salad leaves and chips we went for a walk to have a closer look. The falls are quite a sight, maybe not quite as spectacular as Niagara, but still very impressive:

 

The Rhine Falls of Schaffhausen in Neuhausen

Tonight is going to be the last one of the tour and we are going to spend it in …. you guessed it… another nuclear bunker!

Have a safe night! Till tomorrow

Andreas

Jul 05

WAVE 2013: Day 8 – Romanshorn to Baden

Hello everybody, this is Andreas of Team TWIKE. Today was a day when we had to make a hard decision. Actually once we realised that the decision had to be made, the outcome was clear: we had to pull out of all parts of the competition today!

We are still part of the WAVE 2013, we still try to drive all routes, but we will not push ourselves to win anything. Before you start worrying or ask yourselves what is going on, here in short what happened today. It actually started yesterday when we discovered that there was no vegetarian food available for dinner. We then made the mistake of accepting a meal of three small spring rolls and a small salad as a substitute for a proper dinner (instead of going for a proper meal in a restaurant). This morning there was no proper breakfast, just some (good) coffee and a sad, lonely croissant left when we turned up at our first stop at EMPA in St. Gallen. So at that point we were desperately hoping for a proper lunch at our charging stop in Gossau, we hadn’t had a proper meal for 24 hours. Unfortunately it turned out that our “vegetarian” lunch was going to be a veggie-burger that was grilled in the juice of the meat in the same frying pan. At that point Angela nearly collapsed and I had to decide what to do next. My decision was the following: we went to a proper restaurant to have a decent meal, we were not taking part in any competition today and deliberately took 10 penalty points to make clear (also to ourselves) that we wouldn’t have the chance to win anything anymore. From now on the WAVE would be a holiday again, no stress at all, we won’t have to worry about anything.

Feeling better!

It took Angela the whole day to recover, I am trying to look after her and make things as easy as possible for her. She is much better now and it looks like she will be able to take part in the big electric vehicle parade in Zürich tomorrow. So we will give it a try, see how far we get, but health comes first! It’s great to be a part of this fantastic adventure and we would like to thank all our friends for their help and support today. We’re all a big family!

Andreas and Angela

Jul 04

WAVE 2013: Day 7 – Arosa to Romanshorn

Day 7! Has it already been a week? It feels like we barely started!

We are currently parked at the harbour promenade in Rorschach at the Bodensee. Wednesday last week we went past here on the other side of the lake on our way to Salzburg.

When we woke up this morning, the weather was much nicer. The sun was illuminating the mountain tops in the distance and the woods were giving birth to lots of baby clouds. They formed between the trees and then slowly rose into the sky. As long as they stay small they are nice to look at. Later we experienced again, what happens when they turn into teenagers and clump together to plot mischief. But actually most of the time we could escape them and drive in the warm and dry.

 

Baby clouds seen from our hotel room window

Babybclouds taking off

Today we had completely different challenges to master. It all started off with another attempt at doing the efficiency test. We left the hotel in Arosa fully charged at a quarter to eight, going down the steep mountain road to Chur, and then got onto the motorway to arrive in Trübbach after 60km at 9:15 at the latest. That actually meant, we had to really give it some… no time to dawdle. In Chur we were already a bit late, so we raced down the motorway at a constant 85km/h and just made it in time. Nevertheless, our consumption was only 5.5Ah of the 22.3 we have. That’s the energy equivalent of a small glass of petrol!

Then  everybody got allocated a slot of two minutes in which they had to drive to a certain school in Trübbach, give a talk of exactly one minute to convince the students that their vehicle is the best, and drive off to the next school (in Sevelen) to do the same again…. and again in Gams. Then we had lunch in Sennwald, where the nice people of BRUSA had prepared a meal made from pasta, potatoes, cheese, roasted onions, and apple sauce: great!

Convincing the pupils and teenager clouds on the horizon

Atfter lunch we had to do the “convince-the-students-game” another three times in Oberriet, Eichberg, and Heerbrug, before we finally got to our first and only charging stop here in Rorschach.

Charging stop in Rorschach

Just before we reached Rorschach, we had the shock of our lives. We were going down a fast road towards the town at about 65km/h when someone in a silver family car decided to pull out right in front of us without checking for traffic. I just managed to pull off a proper double-lane-change maneuvre and avoided the oncoming lorry as well, thanks to the excellent new Heidenau tyres (Martin, you were right… they are good!).

 

Now we are waiting for dinner right on the shore of the beautiful Bodensee, the vehicles are charging, spectators are having a good look and ask lots of questions, the weather is dry and warm but cloudy, and for once I am on time with my blog. Let’s hope I’ll find a connection later to do the upload. We are going to spend the night in a youth hostel in Romanshorn, just up the coastal road from here.

Blogging in Rorschach

Andreas

Jul 03

WAVE 2013: Day 6 – La Punt to Arosa

After having had the safest night in history, today is going to be another great day. We just had breakfast, a short briefing and now we are queuing up at the starting line to go up the Albula Pass to Lenzerheide, one of the most spectacular drives in the Alps. There will be lots of tunnels, hair pin bends, fantastic views, steep inclines… the lot! The start is going to be any minute now, so more later.

Right… we have arrived in the clouds, also called Blatter’s Bellavista Hotel Arosa. We have a room with a view as promised, only the view is of the inside of a cloud. We can now answer the question from a few ays ago: Yes!!! No difference from being UNDER the cloud.

The Albula Pass would have been a great experience if the weather would have been better. But it wasn’t, so we spent a lot of time sitting in our vehicles, parking up in lines and squares, getting out, doing the WAVE in the rain, getting back in, etc, all to get the necessary press pictures taken. When we finally arrived in Lenzerheide for the lunch stop, it had stopped raining and the sun was checking out what was going on with us. Lunch for the vehicles and meat eaters, bread and water (erm, lemonade) for us.

Queueing in the fog

TW1009 in the queue

Then on the way to Arosa it started raining again. Ho hum, now we’re in the dry in a very nice four star hotel. We are clean and warm and I expect there to be an internet connection so I can upload my last three blogs.

Nice hotel! Don’t you think so too?

See you soon, Andreas

Jul 03

WAVE 2013: Day 5 – Neukirchen to La Punt

After the highlight of the Großglockner yesterday, today seemed a bit boring. Well actually compared to going around London on the M25 it was still one of the best drives in the world, but it was a long day of just driving and charging through a very nice (but not as breath taking) landscape.

It started off with some confusion because apparently there had been a mud slide over night at the first mountain we had to cross, but it turned out that our road was the one that was still open. It was the same calibre as our first mountain pass two days ago (only two days???), so nothing to worry about anymore. The drive down to Zell am Ziller (short charging stop) was quite spectacular but then on the way to Insbruck the Ziller Valley opened up more and more and we were getting a bit bored. Also the area is famous tourist hot spot and therefore nothing we would normally choose to visit.

The closer we got to Innsbruck, the more trafic and industry there was, and since Innsbruck as just another charging stop for us, we didn’t get much to see of the town either. The world class hotel Hilton was not able to provide us with a vegetarian meal, so we had something nice at a small restaurant next to the charging vehicles on the Landhausplatz.

The next charging stop was Landeck, where we stayed for a short while and had a nice ice cream in the sun. We then carried ontowards the Swiss border and the landscape became more interesting again… as was the weather: it was getting darker anddarker over the mountain tops and just after crossing the border it started tipping it down! So… a quick stop, close the side windows of the roof, jump back in, and off we go again in the thunder storm. Which of course is over within the next minute and we get boiled by the re-emerging sun inside the closed TWIKE.

Since it was only a few kilometres to Sent, our first stop in Switzerland, we dicided to carry on with the windows shut, not knowing that these last kilometres were VERY steep. After this we were extremely thankful for the drinks that we were offeres in this beautiful village.

TW1009 in Sent

La Punt is our stop for the night. We were offered a fantastic meal (loads of vegetarian options) and lots of free drinks, but the highlight is our accomodation: a proper nuclear fallout shelter!!! Not everybody was happy about his choice, but we think it will definitely be an experience and a very safe night for sure.

The entrance to our shelter for the night

One of the three bedrooms

Andreas

Jul 01

WAVE 2013: Day 4 – Weissensee to Neukirchen (via Großglockner)

Today was THE DAY… The best day so far! And we did it: WE TWIKED THE GROSSGLOCKNER!!!

I can’t describe how that feels. Within only 20 or 30km we covered an altitude diffence of 1400 metres and we pedalled our TW1009 ALL THE WAY UP.

The first stage was from Weissensee to Heiligenblut, so we first had to go down the steep hill from last night so at the bottom of that my range gauge showed a rather optimistic 494km. This was slowly reduced to more realistic values until we reached the mountain road to Heiligenblut and the Großglockner. We had to climb about 700m over only a few kilometers. We quickly settled into a steady pace of about 25 to 30km/h, pedalling in second gear. Of course we were overtaken frequently, but we got lots of thumbs-up, got photographed and filmed, and we had a fantastic time! Our charging stop Heiligenblut turned out to be a pretty little village, a bit over-run by tourism because of the Großglockner:

Charging in Heiligenblut

At about 1pm we decided to do a little detour of 7km one way (and 400m up) to the Emperor Franz Josef Glacier, although we were not quite sure about our range and the time it would take. I am SO glad that we did this: the view of the glacier was absolutely incredible. Pictures don’t do it justice, but I tried a panorama shot with Autostich and having seen the real thing, it brings back the feeling of the place straight away:

The Emperor Franz Josef Glacier

After taking part in the group photo, we left for the real challenge: we went back the 7km (and 400m down) to start the climb to the Großglockner Mountain Pass. Driving and pedalling were fully automatic now and we could concentrate on the incredible scenery around us. Every few metres and every hairpin bend the view changed and we completely forgot about the pain in our legs. It was one smooth ride to the top and the feeling of achievement when we got to the Hochtor at 2505m was really great:

 

At the Hochtor on 2505m

 

The Hochtor at the Großglockner

The temperature was 7.5 degrees, there was snow everywhere, in the tunnel there were frozen water falls on the walls, but we were happy and didn’t feel at all cold. On the other side of the tunnel was another car park with a great view over the mountain tops around us.

Frozen waterfalls in the Hochtor tunnel

Then came the loooong way down, with lots of regenerative braking. I think I only touched the mechanical brakes five times, the rest of the surplus energy all went back into the batteries. A few times I thought something might be wrong with the TWIKE because a horrible smell wafted through the cabin. But it turned out that this was the smell of the burnt brakes of other cars and motorbikes! What a waste of energy…

The looong way down

On the Großglockner Road

We went on to Neukirchen, where we will spend the night in the sports hotel Wildkogel and share a room with Gordon and Leora of Team Green Motor Sport.  It has been a fantastic day, which we will never forget!

 

Andreas