Switzerland Tourism has announced its launch of the world’s first road tour for electric vehicles. Aptly named the E-Grand Tour of Switzerland, this journey is the eco-friendly alternative to the Grand Tour of Switzerland.
Effective April 2017, an extensive network of about 200 charging stations will be available along the entire 1,600km route, ensuring travellers a thoroughly comfortable and clean driving experience throughout their tour.
The Grand Tour of Switzerland is the world’s first official touring route that is fully accessible to electric vehicles and bikes, where travellers will cross five Alpine passes, run alongside 22 lakes and take in 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The charging stations for the E-Grand Tour are all “smart”, meaning travellers will be able to hop online to check in advance if the charging station is free of charge, available or if a reservation is required. Pricing for a charge is about CHF5-7 or free at many hotels offering the facility.
Fast charging stations (DC) with at least 22kW will be present at major attractions such as the Rheinfall where travellers will be on a short driving break while sightseeing, whereas public charging stations (AC) with at least 11kW will be found at hotels, where travellers will be staying the night.
The maximum distance between charging stations will be 100km, but travellers are assured that the route will be equipped with many stations and between much shorter distances as well, especially in cities and regions with a high density of population.
Powered by energy company Alpiq, the E-Grand Tour will face its first crucial test during the WAVE event (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) in June 2017. The WAVE is not only the world’s most significant rolling E-mobility event, but also the world’s leading and largest rally for electric vehicles. It offers a platform for all companies and universities involved in developing electric vehicles, helping to raise awareness of E-mobility. Each WAVE is unique and covers a new route every year.
Next year sees the seventh running of the rally, which will be held exclusively on the Grand Tour of Switzerland route from 9 – 17 June 2017.