EV Rallye: British Columbia to Baja California

Saturday, June 29, a “Golden Plug” celebration was held at the Peace Arch State Park, where a dozen EV drivers began the journey from Canada to Mexico powered solely by electricity.

Nearly 150 years ago, the driving of the ceremonial “Golden Spike” signaled the completion of the first transcontinental railroad across North America. This last weekend, electric-vehicle (EV) owners converged near the USA/Canada border to symbolically connect the charging networks along the West Coast Electric Highway, before unplugging and departing on an adventure designed to link, through EV driving, both extremities of the West Coast.

Drivers will make the 1,500-mile, nine-day road trip – called the BC2BC (British Columbia to Baja California) – without using a drop of gas.

Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, Parliamentary Secretary to the British Columbia Premier for Intergovernmental Affairs Norm Letnick and other dignitaries led the launch celebration.

Once the formalities done, vehicles made their departures in five-minute intervals.

The BC2BC is the brainchild of event organizer Tony Williams who, along with his 10-year-old daughter, completed the same nine-day voyage in an EV in June 2012. That experience led to the newly created BC2BC, an invitational rally which Williams hopes will turn into an annual event.

Competitors are expected to arrive at a McDonalds in San Ysidro, California, July 7 after covering an estimated 1508 miles with their EVs.