NESEA American Tour de Sol
The 1999 Route and Schedule

The NESEA American Tour de Sol U.S. Electric Vehicle Championship follows a regular pattern. On even number years it tends to visit major cities, like Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and/or Washington DC and paralleling the major highways. (Some of the more experimental and exotic vehicles cannot sustain the minimum speeds of the Interstate highways.) On the odd-numbered years, it travels more around the country side, visiting smaller communities where it often receives the most grand welcomes. Such is the route this year.

The NESEA Tour is an "open course" event. As part of its mission to promote the practical use of electric transportation, the teams drive their entries on the normal roads, under normal conditions, in normal traffic. So those of you in the Western Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and eastern New York area should plan a visit to one of the public displays, or to camp along the side of the road and cheer your favorite teams along. Fair warning: these events are subject to change, so plan to be flexible.

Saturday, May 22-23
Waterbury CT - Library Park and Grand Street: "Transportation: Past, Present, & Future Festival"

Monday, May 24
Waterbury CT - Library Park and Grand Street: Tour de Sol Display 8-10 am, Tour de Sol Starting Ceremony 9:30 am
Route to Hartford CT (32 miles) - Bushnell Park: Tour de Sol Display 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Route to Torrington CT (29 miles)

Tuesday, May 25
Torrington CT - Torrington High School: Tour de Sol Display 7:30 am - 10 am
Route to Pittsfield MA (55 miles) - Pittsfield Town Common: Junior Solar Sprint 10 am, Tour de Sol Display 11:15 am - 4 pm
Route to New Lebanon NY (14 miles)

Wednesday, May 26
New Lebanon NY - Lebanon Valley Dragway: Acceleration Tests
Route to Albany NY (37 miles) - Empire State Plaza: Tour de Sol Display 11 am - 3:30 pm
Route to Latham NY (4 miles)

Thursday, May 27
Latham NY - Shaker Jr High School: 7:45 am - 10 am
Route to Saratoga Springs NY (37 miles) - Congress Park: Tour de Sol Display 11:30 am - 6:30 pm

Friday, May 28
Saratoga Springs NY
Route to Lake George NY (28 miles) - Fort William Henry: Tour de Sol Display 10:30 am - 4 pm

For more information on the American Tour de Sol, visit the web page at

Official American Tour de Sol information is available from the sponsor, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) at 413-774-6051, and 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA 01301, and


Update: April 26th 1999