|June 04, 2009
Silver Springs, MD - Ashburn, VA - Silver Springs, MD
|By Jamie T.
We left Charlie's to go to Nugen again and pick Xof1 up. Hanging out at Nugen's shop was one of my favorite parts of the tour. We got to see some of their motors and vehicles that they install the motors in. We also got to see them test xof1's motor on a dyno, which I haven't seen done yet. This machine tested the torque and speed of the motor and controller to make sure that everything was running properly. Before leaving the shop, Jeff gave Laura and I some material to make Jewerly with. This consisted of copper wire, washers, nuts, and even some spare spacers used to create the gap between the rotor and stator of axial flux motors. So cool!!! Then Jeff mentioned that he's always thought that resistors would make cool earrings so he gave us a few of those as well.
After leaving the shop we went back to Charlie's for the night. They were having a surprise party for him for his birthday. There was lots of good food and good company - several people from the Electric Vehicle Association were there.
Early in the morning I woke up to the Rex & Gus bark orchestra. The
Garlow family dogs could easily fulfill the average rooster responsibilities
as far as making sure everyone rises up with the sun. We went to Nugen
as quickly as possible to check up on the motor. When we arrived, some
work still had to be done, and so Laura and I did some work while the Nugen
crew finished up with the motor. It was really exciting getting to see
them testing the motor. We decided that the XOF1 had about 96V, and couldn’t
make the drive for Baltimore press that evening. So the team concluded
that we should pay Charles another visit, as he extended his home to us
once more for lodging, and it was most certainly on the way to Baltimore.
With the solar car packed in the trailer, (again!) we headed for Charles’
house for his 60th birthday surprise party . I told his daughter Kaitlin over the phone to
keep our arrival a surprise…it worked! Charles and his guests were so excited
to see the solar car, and many of them are working on electric vehicles
themselves. I talked for a bit with Joe, who is helping Charles and his
dog Rex with the development and planning of their own Transamerica trek.
Charles was eager to take the time to learn more about Marcelo’s project,
and so I helped him set up his in home projector and screen. The remaining
solar power party-goers gathered around to hear of Marcelo’s Arctic voyages.
After many wonderful conversations, I played a couple of my favorite songs
on the piano. A Sonata in C major 545 K. by Mozart and a Liebestraum by
Franz Liszt capped off the entertainment; but not until Charles introduced
us to the humanatone, which he calls a nose flute. This instrument resembles
a whistle driven by nasal power. I still laugh every time I play it. We
kept the same sleeping arrangements, and were so happy to get to spend
more time with The Garlow family.
|Jeff, Corry, and Sethi working diligently on xof1.|
|Putting xof1 in the trailer to bring it to Baltimore.|
|Apparently Nugen makes jewelry as well as electric motors. Jeff was kind enough to give Laura and I neoprene rings.|
|Jamie making a bracelet with the copper wire and washers that Jeff gave us.|
|Laura making Josh a friendship bracelet.|
|Showing xof1 at to some EVA people at Charlie's surprise birthday party.|
|Charlie and his motorcycle mechanic Rob. Keep a look-out for Charlie as
he crosses the country in his electric motorcycle.
Details at www.funruninthesun.com
|Charlie's surprise party.|
|Chip and Jamie. Chip has his own electric car and bike. He also fixed the trailer for us. Thanks Chip!|