3 - 12. GREEN CAR IS NOW ON THE ROAD IN AMERICA
Finally the day came when Green Car was released from the customs warehouse in Oakland. It was looking quite as beautyful as it did in Shanghai and with a fine layer of chinese coal-dust. Our faithfull electric car jumped back to life and it ran just as well as the day some six weeks ago when we put it in the container. We drove Green Car and the clumsy RV back to our spot in Trailer Haven where the cars now are parked between a tree and a palm. We hooked Green Car to the American 110 volt grid. It took it well and hummed satisfied all night. But 110 volt is so SLOW.
27 - 11. REDWOOD AND DOUGLAS PINE
Samuel P Taylor State Park saw us wake up under enormous trees, still shrouded in morning fog. Not completely voluntarily we must spend some days as tourists. Then again San Francosco is not a bad place to do that. Everything up here in Marin Country is so green, the trunks all mossy and huge ferns covering the ground. It had been raining hard during the night and it was still a drizzle when Ida put elliot in the new green stoller and went for a walk. Rolling hills, winding roads and fabulous beaches. Limantour Beach reminded us of the Danish North Sea coast. For the night we returned to the magnificient redwood trees in the state park.
26 - 11. AN ABSOLUTELY NON-ELECTRIC CAR
Until Green Car is released from customs we have rented a RV an Recreational Vehicle. It is full of electric gadgets but certainly no EV. It is complete with three double beds, kitchen with running water, three propane burners, stove, micro wave, cub boards, drawers and a table for six. Not to mention toilet and shower. When we push a button the dinning hall becomes double size. There is also a generator and sockets and propane heating for the chilly nights. This rolling house has comfort but poor road-holding. And the bulky thing only does 2 km/l. We met with Hjalte’s friend Wolfgang of Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals, a good friend of Moto Mundo. Ida also got time to buy a stroller for Elliot . And because it was Black Friday, the big shopping day after Thanksgiving, she got 10% discount.
16 - 10. SEE YOU IN THE STATES
For the last time in Shanghai the cable was rolled up. Green Car, driving better than ever set off in the early morning. Shanghai is enormous and the port gigantic. The containers were stacked like a city of skyscrapers. We found the right place from where the car will be shipped to USA. We said goodbye to Green Car and see you in San Francisco! Green Car was rolled into a container, the door sealed and we took the metro back to the EXPO-village. This blog will continue while Green Car is crossing the Pacific Ocean - keep visiting our home-page!
15 - 10. A BIG HURRAH FOR GREEN CAR
Nina and Hjalte
14 - 10. THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY
Nina and Hjalte
13 - 10. BIG CONTINENTAL DAY
12 - 10. CONFLICTS
London has built a 3-story zero-energy house to demonstrate how you can build sustainable for the future. When EXPO closes on October 31 it will be torn down. Then the Chinese property-developers move in and erect high-rises with luxury flats. EXPO is full of nice words, good intentions and technical solutions. And silence about the big conflicts that shape our future. The fine, little pavilion of Sao Paulo is the only one - of the ones that I have visited - that mentions conflict. The mega-city has after struggle introduced a "Clean City Law" that prohibits advertising in public space.
11 - 10. GREEN CAR SPEAKS OUT
All the best - Green Car.