Global Electric Power Tested by Circling the Earth in EVs


Please plan to attend this meeting of the Industry Applications Society. The speaker will be Don Christian of 80eDays.

In summer of 2016 a group of Electric Vehicle enthusiasts raced around the globe, recharging with local electric utility power only. The group covered 28,962 km (18,026 miles) and crossed 20 countries Europe, North America, and Asia. This represented a unique test, of both the 11 electric cars of various manufacture, and also a test of the electric power quality.   Exactly how compatible are they?   How globally mobile are EVs?    Many problems were encountered – technical, geographic, linguistic, navigational, political, and more.

Each yellow star marks a spot where Don’s EVs were charged.

This feat by 80eDays set new world records of many types, and was a significant technology demonstration for modern electric cars. It tested the practical capabilities and durability of modern commercial EVs, validating the current state-of-the-art with a lionhearted defiance of "EV range anxiety". The EVs carried NO spare batteries, NO generators and NO fuel.   No car manufacturer sponsored the event, so it was amateur and not commercial.

The team crossed immense long stretches – over 2000 miles – where there were NO EV chargers at all.   Most electric sources were not NOT directly compatible with the team’s “imported foreign” electric cars. The Team was forced to improvise high-voltage splices into rusty utility boxes, some apparently unopened since the collapse of the USSR.     

Most of the 11 EVs driven were Teslas Model S, plus a Chinese Denza, a Tesla Roadster, and a city transit bus made by Modulo-EVoPro.   Since international power grids differ widely, the group was confronted with unanticipated electrical incompatibilities, often at remote sites with no alternative.  Failure to charge meant STOP NOW. 

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  • Zio Fraedos, 611 Gregory Lane
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • United States 94523

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  • Starts 15 October 2018 04:00 PM
  • Ends 12 November 2018 12:00 AM
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Global Electric Power Tested by Circling the Earth in EVs

Don is a computer engineer who has developed many products including autonomous vehicles, EVs, factory robots and semiconductor fab automation, auto service equipment, agricultural harvesters and combat ground vehicles, while working at large companies and startups. He is listed as inventor on 26 US and many foreign patents. He consults and teaches technical courses at universities internationally, and has published in Europe, Asia, and the US.  He’s a senior member of IEEE & SAE, a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a member of SAE’s J1772 conductive charging standards task force. He enjoys playing guitar on street corners and in juke joints around the world with other local musicians, adapting to the style of the moment.  


Zio Fraedos

611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Call 925-933-9091 if you need directions.

No-host social at 5:30 pm; Presentation at 6:15pm; Dinner at 7:15 pm;

Please make reservations by November 12th by contacting David J. Cuthbertson via email: or telephone: (925) 918-2988

The cost of dinner is $25 for IEEE members, $15 for student and retired members;

$30 for non-members.


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