Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Electric Vehicles Depart from Chicago Auto Show, Re-trace Course to Evanston 
WHAT: For the first time in more than 118 years, America's first Motor Vehicle Race will be recreated - with a slight twist. This time around with electric vehicles only, the Electrified Vehicle Rally will depart from the Chicago Auto Show and re-trace the same route from the original 1895 Chicago Times-Herald motor race.
WHEN: Friday, February 15; Depart at 10 a.m. from McCormick Place / Chicago Auto Show
WHERE:  McCormick Place; Gate 41 in the West Building (corner of Indiana and Cermak; park on Indiana from 9:30-10 a.m.) 
  • 8-8:30 a.m.       Electric vehicles staged at Gate 41, McCormick Place
  • 8:30-10 a.m.     Media opportunities
  • 9-10:30 a.m.     Driver familiarity and driver's briefing
  • 10 a.m.             Rally begins, drivers depart
  • 11 a.m.             Rally stops at Dawes Park, Evanston
  • 11:30 a.m.        Rally leaves Dawes Park en-route to Chicago's Center for Green Technology
  • 12:30 p.m.        Rally stops at Chicago's Center for Green Technology; tour and lunch provided
  • 1:25 p.m.          Rally leaves CCGT, en-route for southern leg
  • 2:15 p.m.          Rally returns to McCormick Place
WHY: As electric vehicles become an increasingly popular alternative to gasoline-powered cars, the Electrified Vehicle Rally will recreate the historic Chicago Times-Herald motor race - America's first - this time with all electric vehicles. While electric vehicle rallies are fairly common on the West coast and warmer regions, the Chicago Electrified Vehicle Rally aims to prove these fuel-alternative vehicles fare well even in colder climates.
WHO: The following vehicles will depart from McCormick Place and the Chicago Auto Show:
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Fisker Karma
  • Ford C-max Energie
  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Tesla Model F
  • Tesla Roadster
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Prius C
  • Toyota Prius PHEV
  • Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • VIA Motors EREV Silverado
  • Smith Electric Delivery Vehicle

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