|The magnificent Piazza San Carlo harboured the vehicles for their
visit to Torino. At their arrival, they were welcomed by the city's assessor
for the environment, Mr. Hutter, and by Mr. Giorgio Morre from Pinerolo
Sport. The city of Torino is very keen on the electric vehicle, and is
currently developing a network of charging infrastructure. In March 2001,
it will host the "12 Electric Hours" of CITELEC.
The Piazza San Carlo in Torino
A Peugeot 106 from the EasyMove fleet
|Several participating vehicles were from the EasyMove
fleet. This award-winning scheme, resulting from a collaboration of the
Mendrisio project and the Swiss federal railways, presents electric vehicles
for rental at major railway stations (Bellinzona, Chiasso, Locarno, Lugano
and Mendrisio) in Ticino, Switzerland.
|From Torino, the road was taken to Vercelli: a long straight trek
through the ricefields of the Padane plain, origin of the famous "risotto"...
Below grows the food for the drivers, above flows
the food for their electric vehicles...
Professor Maggetto explains the operation of the
|The short charging break in Vercelli attracted an interested
audience. During the Transeuropean, local press was present everywhere
to report on visit of the vehicles.
|The main lunch break was taken in Novara, where the vehicles charged
near the historical city centre. Like on all Italian sites, the electric
power was provided here by So.l.e. .
In the centre of Novara, Italy
A "Park and Charge" infrastructure in Mendrisio
|Before starting the last leg of the day, towards, Mendrisio, Switzerland,
a torrential thunderstorm broke out. All vehicles however made it safely
to Mendrisio, the Swiss pilot city for electric vehicles, where publicly
accessible charging infrastructures are a part of the urban landscape.