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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 […]

2nd TWIKE team member arrives

wow, time flies when you’re working hard and preparing at the same time… november 30th, 10am i leave from zrh to istanbul after an uneventful flight i settle down in the lounge and start working again. my communication setup works very well, routing swiss mobile calls down to a skype instance running on my computer. […]

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TWIKE arrives in Mumbai

MSC Maureen has completed its voyage – the TWIKE has arrived in Mumbai! check out TW560’s exact position here. During the WAVE, TW560’s GPS position will be continuously updated and displayed in the sidebar on the main page and on the detailled page in various zoom levels.

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1st team TWIKE member leaves for India

jean-claude left for india yesterday morning, together with most of the other swiss wave participants. i will be adding pictures as soon as jean-claude has uploaded them. since msc maureen is due in mumbai port tomorrow, they will try to get to the cars in the container as soon as possible. there are technical reasons […]

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Hello visa! (& other musings)

process excellence! just a few days after i applied for the visa, i’ve got it back! here we go. ready for all the fun india has to offer! i’m really impressed by the indian visa process after being treated to much worse service the world over! something else came together on friday, too: my international […]

techfest – TWIKE makes appearance

stumbled across the techfest website a minute ago and liked the fact that the TWIKE was mentioned in the first banner rollover. if you click a little further you will find a detailled description of the tour. there are many workshops i’d love to participate, but, alas, i will be not only one of the last to […]

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india, i’d like a visa, please

quick update: finally, i got the requested information from the sponsors in india regarding my flight to india. this means that i can finally go to the embassy and apply for my indian visa. it is quite interesting, that i, as a uk citizen do not get any preferential treatment regarding visas – unlike hong […]

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Road-side repair course

although i am fairly familiar with most components of the TWIKE, i have always left repairs to thomas möckli from möckli elektrofahrzeuge in marthalen. he has been able to accommodate most of my special modification requests – be it a better distribution of breaking power between front and back wheels, or my bluetooth sound streaming […]

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Team Images for WAVE2011 India Website

We’re ready! just a few days ago, the indian organizers wanted an image with the team and vehicle. very difficult, if the vehicle in question is 800km away, tucked into a container! with the help of thomas möckli from elektrofahrzeuge möckli and an exceptionally beautiful friday afternoon, we were able to take some pictures and […]

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vienna > bremen > container

the WAVE meeting yesterday was interesting, but left me with just 7 hours to empty my suitcase and get ready for yet another flight – this time to the middle east: tel aviv. after 4 hours flight i arrive in tel aviv early afternoon and am greeted with 30°C and sunshine – a very welcome […]

meet the other wave teams

after a tearful good-bye from my TWIKE in vienna and an utterly uneventful flight to zurich late friday evening, i arrive at zurich airport where louisorganized a first team get-together (the date and venue were carefully engineered to match my schedule, since i would not be back to switzerland for the next 2 weeks. 5 […]

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Vienna: Last Days with the TWIKE

vienna. i travel to this city about once every two weeks for a few days on business. about 5-6 times a year i stay for a week or so and then i usually take the twike to vienna or travel to other cities nearby such as bratislava or brno. getting to vienna by twike is […]

it’s a *yes*

i’ve spoken with my boss and although it’s the busiest 2 weeks during the year, he’s agreed to let me go on the WAVE2011 india! HURRAY!!! it’s not like i’m going to be on vacation, though. i’m going to be working and connected to the web via an indian data sim. thankfully, india is 4 […]

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TW560 may take part!!!

louis mailed me a moment ago and has confirmed to me that TW560 is invited as an official participant at the WAVE2011!!! so many things to take care of – insurance is one of them. louis will get in touch with me since my participation is dependant of 3rd party insurance coverage and we need […]

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first steps – can i take part?

after a friendly email exchange the eligibility of TW560 was established… TW560 hat ein einmaliges feature – es lädt schneller, als es fährt… (TW560 has an unique feature – it charges at a higher speed than its v-max) louis then met with me in person – we knew eachother already: we had met 2009 during […]

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Wave India 2011 for TWIKE; how it all began…

WAVE2011, a rally for electric cars from paris to prague, a much noticed event – won by none other than the TWIKE IV was the start of all of this. louis palmer, organizer, launched a CFV (call for vehicles) for WAVE2011 in india 3 weeks ag the stringent technical pre-requisites attached to this special WAVE […]

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