80 Days Around The World In EVs Race

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

For those who don’t know already, there’s scheduled to be an around-the-world electric vehicle race in early 2016 — that’s been dubbed “80 Electrifying Days.” It will see various international teams try to top a world record set back in 2012.

In preparation of that, there’s now scheduled to be a press conference on November 21st in Tilburg, Netherlands, at the Tesla Motors Factory II. It will see the 10 registered teams meet up, and be presented to the public. There will also reportedly be a “mini challenge/rally” accompanying the presentations and presser.

Tesla Model S Tilburg Netherlands


Also worth noting: there will reportedly be free Tesla Model S Autopilot demos/drives available at the event; and the mini rally is free to participate in.

Here’s more via “TRON” on the Tesla Motors Club forum:

Dear electrified community,
in 2016 international teams representing their nations will try to break my world record I did 2012 driving around the world with a Tesla Roadster.
10 teams are already registered and will meet in Tilburg at Tesla premises: Tesla Motors Factory II in Tilburg to give a press and sponsor conference from 10-13h.
We will do a mini 80edays challenge for the ones who want to participate and starting from 17h we will have a presentation of all 80edays teams at a location in Tilburg which will be booked depending on the amount of people who want to come.
Please register at 80 electrifying days – 16 around the world challenge with electric vehicles – Events to register your coming.
Would be great if some of you could organize a rally to come there from all parts of Europe. Even Tesla does not think that there will be a lot people coming and restricted the press conference to 60 people. So please show that this project is the most important one to show to the world that electric cars can do long distance trips without any issue!
I want to book a bigger room
Looking forward meeting you and a lot of press you are welcome to activate to join this event.
Rafael de Mestre

Here’s the schedule for the event (from the website):

  • 10-14h Press conference, Team/Sponsor/Tesla presentations
    Location: Tesla Motors Factory II in Tilburg / NL
    Restricted to 60 persons – for press, sponsors and special guests
    Entrance: free
  • 14-17h 80edays mini challenge
    Start: Tesla Motors Factory II in Tilburg / NL
    Restricted to 100% electric cars only
    No registration fee
  • 18-22h 80edays public presentation
    80edays mini rally winner ceremony, 80edays and team presentations,
    questions and answers, interviews, photo shootings together with fans,
    autograph sessions, …
    Location: Tilburg – details to be defined
    Entrance: free

The race is currently set to begin in June/July 2016.

Image Credit: Tesla Tilburg

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