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Tour De Sol 2000

The race is on! The action starts officially on May 19th, 2001 in Waterbury, CT. The NESEA American Tour de Sol is the U.S. electric vehicle championship, the award-winning educational road rally event, with free public events in seven communities. The NESEA Tour showcases at least 50 electric, hybrid-electric, fuel cell electric and solar assisted electric vehicles built by major auto and bus manufacturers, students, and individuals from North America and abroad. For more info, check out the official NESEA web site at

Northeastern Sustainable Energy Association

Here is the itinerary for the week-long stint, May 19-26, 2001

Weekend Festival: May 19-20

Saturday, May 19: 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 20: 10:00am-5:00pm
WATERBURY, CT-- Library Park

Tour de Sol, Taste of Greater Waterbury, & Music Festival
Tech Testing

Monday, May 21
WATERBURY, CT-- Library Park

Test Drives and Vehicle Display 9:00am-1:30pm
Starting Ceremony: 1:00pm-1:30pm

Route: From Library Park go to Rt 73N thru Oakville. In Watertown get on Rt 63N.
Go thru E. Morris, Litchfield, Goshen. At S. Canaan get onto Rt 7N thru
Canaan, Sheffield, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, to overnight at Seven Hills
Inn, Lenox .(64 miles)

Tuesday, May 22 - 9:15am-2:30pm
PITTSFIELD, MA--Pittsfield Common

Test Drives and Vehicle Display

Route: From Seven Hills Inn, get on Rt 7N/20W to the Pittsfield Common festival.
After the festival, follow Rt 7S to Rt 20W thru W. Pittsfield to the
Lebanon Valley Dragway and acceleration event. After the acceleration, follow Rt
20W thru Bernard, Nassau to Rensselaer. SUNY-Albany our overnight

(56 miles)

Wednesday, May 23 – 8:30am – 2:00pm
ALBANY, NY--Empire State Plaza

Test Drives and Vehicle Display
Made in NY Expo, organized by Env. Business Association of NYS

Route: From SUNY-Albany take Rt 20W to the Albany’s Empire State Plaza festival.
After the festival get on Rt 20E over the Hudson River to Rt 4N. In
Defreestville go right onto Rt 43, then left onto Rt 351 thru Poestenkille. At
Cropseyville, go right onto Rt 2E thru Grafton, Petersburg, and Williamstown
to North Adams, MA overnight location. (55 miles, much uphill!)

Thursday, May 24
GREENFIELD, MA – all day!

Vehicle Display downtown on Miles Street: 10:00 am-1:30 pm
Green Futures Festival at Greenfield Community College: test drives, exhibits,

workshops, food, and music: 4pm-10pm

Route: From N. Adams take 2E thru Florida, and Charlemont to Greenfield’s
festival on Miles St at NESEA’s Headquarters. After event go thru town to
Greenfield Community College, site of the Autocross, Green Futures Festival and
overnight. (36 miles, much downhill)

Friday, May 25 – 10:15am-2:30pm
WORCESTER, MA -- Worcester Common

Test Drives and Vehicle Display

Route: From Greenfield CC, to Rt 2E thru Erving, Rt 122S thru Barre and Paxton
to Worcester. Take left on Main, to the Worcester Common and festival.
After event go to Courtyard Marriott for range event and overnight. (61 miles +
miles driven during range event)

Saturday, May 26 - 11:00 am - 4:00
BOSTON, MA--City Hall Plaza

Test Drives, Vehicle Display, music and Awards Ceremony

Route: From the Courtyard Marriott get onto 70N thru Boylston. Take right onto
Rt 62E thru Berlin, to Hudson; take 27S thru Sudbury, to Wayland Center
onto Rt 20E thru Weston and Waltham. In Watertown Center get on 16E thru
Cambridge to Memorial Drive, Rt 3 to Bunker Hill Community College. Parade
from Bunker Hill CC over Chalestown bridge right on Commercial, left on
Merrimac, straight onto Congress, right onto State, right onto Cambridge Street,
right into City Hall Plaza finish line and festival. (52 Miles)

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Last Modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 by Scott McGrath