DIY Japan: EV Club Festival in Tsukuba Circuit

Last month, Gas2.0 checked out the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention in Missouri. This month, Gas2.0 will not be heading to Japan to check out what appears to be a Japanese version, but we’ll tell you about it from the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

The Japanese EV Club (JEVC), an organization of enthusiasts, is holding its seventeenth annual EV Festival in Tsukuba Circuit on November 3rd in Tsukuba Circuit. The idea behind the event mirrors the EVC CON – attendees bring their own DIY conversions to show off and demonstrate.

The JEVC didn’t stop there, though. There are also several races and contests scheduled for the DIY EVs in question, including a 59 minute distance race, a 30 minute endurance race (not that an entire half hour seems difficult to endure, but okay), and what appears to be an award for the prettiest EV in attendance.

Various businesses will also be in attendance, although no list is as of yet forthcoming. Sponsored hybrid vehicles will be available to test drive from the businesses in question, and they will also run a series of panels. The environment and the electric vehicle is expected to draw some attention. Festival attendees can even participate in events like the CO2 Emissions Diagnostic.

All in all, it sounds like a blast. For anyone who happens to be in the area, here’s the relevant information:

Japan EV Festival 2011
Date and Time: 2011/11/03, (Thursday, national holiday), 8:00-16:30
Place: Tsukuba Circuit Course 2000

Source: GreenCarView.

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.