2011 XOF1 Inspiration Walk
April 10, 2011 - Niagara Falls to Toronto
XOF1 continue to challenge and inspire by undertaking yet another first. On April 10th, XOF1 ran on human power. It was pulled from Niagara Falls to Toronto on secondary roads, a journey of 160 km (100 miles), on foot. To inspire people to learn, think and act - to discuss forms of clean energy and to challenge people to consider their energy usage and the ways each of us individually can have an impact on our environment. Dubbed the "XOF1 Inspiration Walk" this event aims to inspire real and positive changes towards sustainable energy models at the individual, regional and government level
The XOF1 Solar Car is the first electric vehicle to reach the Arctic Circle, not once - but twice. Travelling through much of Canada and the United States, including Alaska, it was once mistaken for a UFO and chased by the police. It more than doubled the previous world distance record, clocking in at 36,220.5 km (22,436.3 miles) and counting. It also was the first EV (electric vehicle) to drive on an ice road and the first EV to cross the longest continuous ice road in the world. What makes its achievements even more remarkable is the fact it ran on sunshine as fuel, using less energy than what shines on the roof of a typical garage. It was never plugged into the grid, it used no man made electricity whatsoever.
XOF1 was designed and built in Ontario, Canada. In a streak of irony Ontario has forbidden XOF1 to drive on its public roads and thrown up enough administrative roadblocks to make it virtually impossible to drive any solar car across Ontario. XOF1 can be driven in nearly every jurisdiction in the world without restriction.
Marcelo wants to motivate ordinary citizens to do what they can to help preserve the planet. He also wants to encourage governments to foster a mutually rewarding atmosphere for those who seek green prosperity and those in power who can make it happen. Marcelo hopes the Ontario government will re-evaluate its policies. The sun will shine in Ontario. The past is over and the future is bright as new decisions bring new possibilities.
"I sincerley hope individuals, communities and its political leaders will embrace and welcome the opportunity to be inspired by the XOF1 WALK to believe that them as individual can change the world" - said Marcelo da Luz.
The motto of this event is “One Person Can Change the World, You”
Facts at a glance
2011 Xof1 Inspiration Walk Videos
Day 1 - April 10
Day 2 - April 11
Day 3 - April 12
Day 4 - April 13
Day 5 - April 14
Day 6 - April 15
Day 7 - April 16
Day 8 - April 17
Day 9 - April 18
Day 10 - April 19
Day 11 - April 20
Day 12 - April 21