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Aptos to LA in 24 ours in an Active-E




Owner Plans To Charge Along The Route To Make The Journey In Under 24 Hours 

Jack Brown, 46, an Information Technology Manager and Consultant will be driving on Friday September 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM from the Santa Cruz area to Los Angeles in one day.

Jack recently moved to the Aptos area from Ventura County in 2011 is one of 700 people across the United States that are part of an evaluation program for BMW testing the powertrain for the BMW i3 in a converted 2011 BMW 1-series car called an ActiveE. Although the car only has a 32 kWh 100 mile range per charge battery, Mr. Brown will attempt to take his electric car over 800 miles round trip on a journey from Aptos to Los Angeles and back. By recharging several times along the way, he plans to reach Los Angeles in less than 24 hours. Mr. Brown is showing that an electric car can be driven between Northern and Southern California but it is challenging because there are not enough charging stations along US-101 and I-5. 

Mr. Brown will be using free to low cost charging stations across the bay area, Highway 101, Interstate 5 and around Los Angeles to reach his destination. "It will be a pioneering journey”, comment Mr. Brown, "Electric cars are seen as not being practical for long journeys or for people who drive long distances. I am a commuter who journeys over Highway 17 every morning, driving over 100 miles every day and 10,000 miles in the first 4 months since receiving the car. Driving long distances can be accomplished in an electric vehicle, but it takes significant planning, but once the planning is complete it costs me under a dollar a day in electricity!” Even though driving an electric vehicle to Los Angeles is not the most time efficient way to travel, it will make it a journey. "I will have the opportunity to stop and enjoy the places where I recharge along the way.” added Mr. Brown, "Many of the locations offer free or low-cost charging. At worst, the trip will cost me no more than $18.” 

Jack will be departing from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County in Aptos at 12:01 AM on Friday September 14. After stops along the 101 and I-5 corridor, the journey will take him through Santa Nella, Coalinga, Atascadero, Solvang and Thousand Oaks. He hopes to complete the journey at Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles before midnight that same day.  

Mr. Brown will also be participating in the National Plug-In Day event at the Staff of Life Market in Santa Cruz on Saturday, September 23rd from Noon to 3PM discussing the trip. 

Jack is being supported on this journey by the central coast chapter of the Electric Automobile Association, The  Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Association and Ursari Technologies. The preparation and updates along the journey can be viewed on Jack’s blog at, Ursari Technologies JournEV Facebook page and onTwitter at @JournEV 


If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jack Brown, please call Jack Brown at 805.433.4245 or email Jack at email


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