Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, a driver of Team APEV which won second place at the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, paid a courtesy call on Mayor Osamu Watanabe in Iwata, Shizuoka on July 9.
Iwata, a place where the automotive industry is thriving, is located in the western region of Shizuoka Prefecture. Its local government is currently doing a progressive approach towards popularizing EVs. A lot of companies with offices in the city have been involved in the EV development. They developed campaigns that involved both the public and private sectors, such as a demo experiment that utilizes EV compact vehicles and ultra-compact mobility EV as government vehicles.
Tajima participated at the Remodeled Electric Vehicle class (Electric Modified) in the Pikes Peak. He finished with a lap time of 9:32.401 and won second place overall. Rhys Millen who also participated in the EV class won the overall victory, making this the first time that EVs monopolized the 1-2 finish.
Tajima reported the success of the EV fleet in the Pikes Peak to Mayor Watanabe.
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)