It takes a team to document the adventures of a group of people promoting electric vehicles. Jonathan Becker, filmmaker; Evan Scott, cinematographer; George Wymenga, sound technician, Sean Scott and his father Stuart Scott make up part of the touring/film group documenting the trip from Charlestown, S.C. to Mountainview, Calif.
Driving green is the theme for a group traveling cross-country in an all-electric 2013 Nissan Leaf.
“Actually, we are the chase vehicle for a caravan of vehicles trying to promote the use of electric vehicles,” Stuart Scott, the driver said.
Stuart said he and the filming crew left Charleston, S.C., on July 3 and will take 44 days to cross the country, stopping at numerous spots to promote electric vehicles.
“Electric vehicles are very practical for a lot of purposes. They’re great for running around town. The day is coming when technology will provide enough power for longer distances and heavier vehicles,” Scott said.
The Ride the Future Tour group stopped in Sallisaw on Friday for a quick bite to eat before traveling west on Interstate Highway 40 for their next scheduled stop.
“The Leaf gets about 130 miles on a single charge,” Scott, a retired math and critical thinking professor, said.
Just like gasoline powered engines, the use of the air conditioner decreases the mileage, Stuart said.
“We are traveling with a group of other electric powered vehicles – an electric bicycle, three electric scooters, one electric motorcycle. We are out to prove that electric vehicles are capable of making long trips and that electric power is the way to save the next generation,” Scott said.