Archive | December, 2011
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TWIKE leaves Mumbai 28dec11

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TWIKE back at indian customs

jc and the gang start the labourous procedure of exporting the cars. there is not much to say, other than there is a last drive from mumbai back to the customs compound which the TWIKE completes without any problems. then the usual procedures start – moving the vehicles from office to office and then to […]

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home hits home a point

after only 17 hours at home, i’m back at the airport en route to vienna. although i was fully aware of this trip before i left, it still forces me to confront my normal working life head-on without any settling-down time. what aggravates the situation is that no-one knows that i’ve been gone and everyone […]

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WAVE India Day16: Final Stage to Mumbai

our last day on the WAVE india. this last stage will take us from the pune plateau down to hot and steamy mumbai. we first set out to pick up the think-driving part of the WAVE at another hotel close to pune. very spontaneously we decide that this might be a good time to take […]

WAVE India Day 15: Kolhapur – Satara – Pune

today, again, we need to split up, since the “big battery” cars are still charging and want to have enough time to fully charge their batteries before setting out and then have enough time to charge the batteries at the first stop in satara. the “small battery / fast charging” battery cars, Reva and TWIKE […]

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WAVE India Day14: Goa – Belgaum – Kolhapur

we leave early and drive towards the hills. we decide not to charge at the first stop where everyone else just eats breakfast but to press onwards, albeit very slowly. we are sure that with very economic driving that we can make it or that we just need to charge for 15-30 mins somewhere. the […]

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another little thing…

what's that new rattle / squeak?
one TWIKE pilot to another TWIKE pilot in india

WAVE India Day13: Goa

a non-driving day. i empty the TWIKE and set out with Louis to buy some gifts and souvenirs for my loved ones. then desaster strikes again: the TWIKE suddenly stops working (…again!) we have to tow it back to the hotel and i start delving back into the TWIKE’s belly. what i see is horrible. […]

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WAVE India Day12: Honavar > Goa

after a short night in a hotel which was built along the lines of maximum sound propagation inside and maximum sound absorption from outside, we arrive at the lobby to be greeted by a local who wants to invite us to his house for breakfast. just a few kms down the road we arrive and […]

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WAVE India Day11: Chickmagluru > Honavar

today we start out at 6.30 am. the guys at the hotel promise us again, that the road will be beautiful. our next destination is the jawaharlal nehru national college of engineering in shimoga. but before we need to negotiate some 103kms of roads through the mountains down to a the plain on which shimoga […]

WAVE India Day10: Chickmagluru

a drive-free day. louis and paul head off to the wildlife sanctuary, whilst jean-claude and myself are planning to do some shopping and shaving throughout the morning (night in switzerland). after that i will start working and conf-calling in order to hold up the illusion of me being not too far away. 🙂 our breakfast […]

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WAVE India Day9: Bangalore – Tumkur – Chickmagulur

today, we have a short and long stage. the first stage to tumkur technical college with only 70kms is going to be a breeze for us in the TWIKE. nevertheless, jc and i get up early and set off as the first team at about 7am. the road is beautiful and we settle into the […]

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WAVE India Day8: Bangalore

today we can get up slightly later, since we – in theory – have a drive-free day. our first good news item for today: the red think car has finally cought up to us and can be shown at the press conference organized on the grounds of the IITB! it was a hero’s welcome for […]

WAVE India Day7: Hindupur – Bangalore

as always, we depart early. we’ve got about 110kms to go in order to get to bangalore. the bumpy road slows our progress, but this time we all stay together. slowly but surely we head towards bangalore, india’s software & IT business hub. about 40kms outside of the city the streets broaden out and the […]

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WAVE India Day6: Kurnool – Anandapur – Hindupur

yet again, we get up early (not bright &) and go to our vehicles. it seems that the cars were unplugged sometime early morning. luckily, the TWIKE, with its small battery was already done charging at that time and we were able to start out with a full charge. not so team twingo – they […]

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WAVE India Day5: Hyderabad – Kurnool

left early from hyderabad. instead of heading straight to the motorway, we first went to see an old fort – the detour definitely was worth it! another iconic picture for TWIKE in india! then, after days of backbreaking roads, we finally emerge on a perfect motorway! just for the fun of it, i accelerate to […]

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just a random thought

how nice it is to be away from all the christmas maddness in Switzerland and be in serene india!
ac to jc, stuck in hyderabad traffic jam, looking at the bustling town around us.

WAVE India Day4: Hyderabad

not much to say for today. theoretically a day off from the WAVE, however we’ve got a big press conference ready for us at the hyderabad air pollution control centre. the WAVE has been partly incorporated in some sort of carbon credit race… TWIKE and all drive there, jean-claude takes charge of all TWIKE-related press […]

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WAVE India Day3: Solapur – Humnabad – Hyderabad

Not much sleep for us tonight. we got to our hotel in solapur quite late and are set to leave at 5.30 am in order to make it to hyderabad by 5 pm > 335 kms away. this might not sound like much, but applied to indian roads – believe me – this is a lot! […]

Ask me anything!

so, you’ve seen the TWIKE somewhere in india? you are one of the students we visited? you have a question? ask me anything! …here! 🙂

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WAVE India Day2: Pune – Baramati – Solapur

after a good night’s sleep we drive towards baramati. rolling hills welcome us to rural india.   roads vary between bad and very bad. since the TWIKE’s suspension is not necessarily designed to take the punishment, it’s our backs that take it instead! but who are we to complain? every 5 minutes or so, a […]

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WAVE India Day1: Mumbai > Pune

after staying at the shopping centre overnight, we retrieve the cars at 11am and set off on our first official WAVE india 2011 stage! the stage will take us to pune, a city on a plateau about 600m above sea level about 130kms  from mumbai. it takes ages to get out of mumbai. when we reach the outskirts, traffic […]

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first day on official duties

we got back pretty late from customs. mumbai inner city traffic was very dense (we shall learn today, however, that the traffic we got to know was “light” traffic, according to locals, and now, after the fact, us, too!) for today, we are scheduled to attend a press conference and show our cars at a […]

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releasing the twike from customs

after arriving at iitb at around 830am i decide that i will not go to sleep but rather stay up and try to sync to indian time the hardcore way. the 4 hours 30 minutes time difference to switzerland are quite noticeable. we head out to customs and a very long while later we arrive […]

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mumbai, 1st contact

touchdown mumbai 0450. did’nt get any sleep but still wide awake. got off plane and progressed though customs and immigration for over an hour. the sheer amount of people trying to get through customs is staggering. furthermore, being in india and all, queuing is part of life – it’s just interesting to see all the […]