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ZERO SOUTH Inspiring adventure and scientific discovery to a new generation of explorers. Like us and share in the journey! Established in 2002, Drive Around the World is a non-profit producer of relevant adventures that highlight societal problems we face.

The organization is supported by civic and foundation grants and by a courageous group of sponsors and individual donors. Our mission is to inspire a sense of adventure and the tradition of exploration by encouraging people to learn about our world and seek creative solutions to the problems we face.

The organization is supported by civic and foundation grants and by a courageous group of sponsors and individual donors. Our mission is to inspire a sense of adventure and the tradition of exploration by encouraging people to learn about our world and seek creative solutions to the problems we face.

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Excited to share the ZERO SOUTH vehicles have rolled to an even brighter location at The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles ...
10/08/2021

Excited to share the ZERO SOUTH vehicles have rolled to an even brighter location at The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles with Buddy 1 (PTV2) greeting visitors as their first vehicle experience, and Tuezday (PTV1) chillin in the porte cochere with just two inches of clearance for the gear rack. As with anything we do, logistics were tricky but having good people on hand means things get figured out.

Here's 'Tuezday' shortly after rolling into the world-famous Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. Let's all support our local...
01/23/2021

Here's 'Tuezday' shortly after rolling into the world-famous Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. Let's all support our local museums!

Perhaps you agree the world needs a course correction. We are proof you can make a difference and have fun doing it. Joi...
11/21/2019
Click here to support Driving Science At Sea organized by Nick Baggarly

Perhaps you agree the world needs a course correction. We are proof you can make a difference and have fun doing it. Join me by contributing to this GoFundMe that supports the work we are doing here at Drive Around the World.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/drivingscience?fbclid=IwAR21wb-s__RaJ1qRX3_Y54AGPoHLzzaXLnmtj-urEm7-yiXlGZCwQ_0RdpA

Nick Baggarly Driving Science At Sea Let me tell you about our program.We are Drive Around the World, producers of "Relevant Adventures." We are working to fu

03/15/2019

It’s been a long cold wet winter here in California, and while they can certainly handle the extreme, the Zero South vehicles are cozy and happy.

ZERO SOUTH's cover photo
09/07/2018

ZERO SOUTH's cover photo

Congratulations to our friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger -- finally the proud owner of an electric Hummer! This looks to be ...
09/22/2017
Arnold Schwarzenegger On Hand For Presentation Of World’s First Electric Hummer H1

Congratulations to our friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger -- finally the proud owner of an electric Hummer! This looks to be an impressive conversion resulting in a better, stronger, faster vehicle. I’ve always thought, by simply driving an electric H1, the Governor can do more to inspire worldwide transition to electric vehicles than any literacy program can hope to achieve. Very nice!

http://insideevs.com/arnold-schwarzenegger-on-hand-for-presentation-of-worlds-first-electric-hummer-h1/

March for Science Los Angeles
04/25/2017
March for Science Los Angeles

March for Science Los Angeles

"Led by two electric massive electric Hummers, several thousand people marched in downtown Los Angeles. They chanted 'Money for science and education, not for wars and climate alteration' and carried signs that read: 'There is no Planet B' and 'The Earth does not belong to man.'"

Today we were honored to lead #MarchForScienceLA. This was the first major public debut of the ZERO SOUTH vehicles with ...
04/23/2017

Today we were honored to lead #MarchForScienceLA. This was the first major public debut of the ZERO SOUTH vehicles with PTV1 driven by Astronaut Garrett Reisman, and Nick Baggarly piloting PTV2. The drive to City Hall was in all-electric mode of course and the rigs ran great! HUGE thanks to our team for their hard work to get us there. Happy #earthday2017 everyone!

"People need dramatic examples to sway them from apathy."(-Batman)I've always loved that quote, and tomorrow we will mak...
04/21/2017

"People need dramatic examples to sway them from apathy."
(-Batman)

I've always loved that quote, and tomorrow we will make it real.

The ZERO SOUTH Electric Polar Traverse Vehicles are leading the Los Angeles MARCH FOR SCIENCE on Earth Day!

Join us downtown tomorrow morning for a one-mile expedition (hehe) from Pershing Square to City Hall.

Here's the map: www.zerosouth.com/ftp/MfS_pershing_mapWIP2.pdf

Following a challenging expedition in Alaska, and an absolute frenzy of team activity, the ZERO SOUTH Polar Traverse Vehicles are back on the road for the first time in a year and ready for their first major public introduction.

Now more than ever, your support is needed for evidence-based inquiry and projects like ZERO SOUTH that enable it.

-Nick

UBER Announces *NEW* PTV Service:We are thrilled about our new alliance to provide PTV service throughout Los Angeles. T...
04/01/2017

UBER Announces *NEW* PTV Service:
We are thrilled about our new alliance to provide PTV service throughout Los Angeles. Time to chase that money. I’m heading out on my first pickup!

03/31/2017
ZERO SOUTH : CTC Video (AKA, A Recipe For How To Build An Elec...

ZERO SOUTH Time Capsule Post #017: OK, so how do you build an electric Hummer anyway? That's the title of today's throwback video, and I just love this one. It reminds me of the films they use play in school, missing only the frame skipping and that bulky projector cart the teacher rolled into class. Such an interesting subject, and don't ya just love the music? But the narrator couldn’t be anymore dry. The military never was big on hyperbole. When I think of who we’ll get to narrate ZERO SOUTH I imagine this video and try to conjure the opposite.

This was an important find for our team at the beginning of the ZERO SOUTH journey because, if you want to do something difficult, try to find someone who has done it before. We found out about a DARPA program that was launched in the early or mid '90's, where several contractors had blank checks to build electric HMMWVs. The military wanted a stealth vehicle with a low heat signature, 30-miles all electric range and the vehicle itself could serve as a mobile power station instead of towing clunky generators through the desert. Several companies had active projects and some of them used four electric motors in their design--one at each wheel, like the MARS rover. Others used one big electric motor coupled to the vehicle's stock transmission, so the downstream drive line was stock. But, the recipe we liked came from Concurrent Technologies or CTC. They used two electric drive motors--one punched into each of the vehicle's stock differentials for four-wheel drive. These motors came from Kaman, the helicopter company, and--get this--a 4-cylinder Volkswagen diesel engine coupled to a UQM Powerphase 75 made the generator. I just loved the irony of using a Volkswagen motor to power a H1, but ultimately we didn't go that route. Why? Because we hit the jackpot!

I tracked down the designers of this vehicle, who had been acquired by DRS TEM--a company in Huntsville, Alabama--and their engineering team invited us for a visit. K&N paid to fly our team to Huntsville and boy was that was one great day that will live in project infamy. Our teams met and we shared our goal and our designs and then the doors swung wide for our project. They let us drive their vehicle, provided a ton of CAD and drawings and told us how they coupled the electric motors to the differentials and how they would do it again if they had to. They recommended a six-cylinder diesel for our project because the hamster-four wasn't powerful enough and a bigger generator motor too. They shared details on their battery box, power management, contactors, precharge--and the list went on and on. Best of all, the visit helped me see just how much work we were in for and it set everyone's expectations. One of the guys took me aside and, in the best southern accent he said, "Son, you sure you're up for this? You're building a space ship... not a car."

Today, we thank the DRS team for giving our team a massive leg up. Ken Winters, Ken Hancock, Cindi Branham, Ron Fitzgerald, Dan Tudor, David Godfrey, Ed Ragusa, Gary Smith, Mark Byron, Terry Stifflemeyer, and a very special thanks to Ben Goode. You could tell this group had amassed a lot of shared experiences and worked well together. Some of it transferred to our team on that day. They were awesome!

We have a new initiative to increase our following. If you haven't checked out the ZERO SOUTH project in a while come vi...
03/06/2017
ZERO SOUTH

We have a new initiative to increase our following. If you haven't checked out the ZERO SOUTH project in a while come visit the FB site and LIKE and FOLLOW us. :-) And, if you R-E-A-L-L-Y like the project, I invite you to make ZERO SOUTH your project too with a donation. Your support is critical right now to keep going and THE FIRST 100 supporters will receive our *NEW*, limited-edition, super-cool DAY-GLO ANTARCTICA T-Shirt! Simply click the big DONATE button on our FB page and be sure your e-dress is correct so we can contact you to arrange delivery. Thanks!

Inspiring adventure and scientific discovery to a new generation of explorers. Like us and share in the journey!

03/02/2017
ZERO SOUTH : IT'S ALIVE!!

ZERO SOUTH Time Capsule Post #016: Some may find this interesting. For our team, it was exciting. Projects like ZERO SOUTH are all about achieving meaningful milestones. Some are small but this was a big one for us.

This video was taken the first moment PTV1's electric motors came online. Like a heart transplant patient, the vehicle is surrounded by monitors, wires, battery managers and plug-in chargers--and, of course, by our team. It inspired a segment called, 'It'S ALIVE!' that we went on to film (professionally) a year later while building PTV2 in front of the 3D cameras at Sony, and it will air as part of the ZERO SOUTH, season one opener, 'HUMMER TO HYBRID'--also known as, the ridiculously-choreographed, obsessive-compulsive vehicle-build with a title that pays homage to the weight loss tabloids at the checkout counter. Anyhow, when you watch it, you'll know it was actually based on this day.

This was filmed in March 2012 at Downey Studios and, as you can see, we're in the early stages of the electric-integration process. Gathered around is our team and true to engineering form, a problem is encountered immediately. Fortunately, problems are no match for this group when you have Erik Hatch at the helm and tech heads like Pat Young, Jim Nagashima, Jerry Benson, Michael (T-Rex) Kadie, Logan Brabham and Dave Lovejoy in the room. Like a doctor, T-Rex checks individual battery module voltages while Jim, Jerry, Erik and Pat orchestrate the big test to spin the rear electric motor followed by the front motor. Incidentally, Jim, Jerry and Erik worked together at General Motors on a couple vehicle projects you might be familiar with, like the Volt and the original EV-1 electric car.

I like this video because it shows how we packaging the various components within the H1's chassis. My main job involved getting everyone together on a regular basis and making sure we had the facilities and parts we needed each week--oh, and if you notice all the bright colors on the pieces--that's me too :-) I thought it was important to do that because a big part of the show is communicating this technology to a broad audience which is difficult to do when everything is the same color.

The ZERO SOUTH vehicle is an assemblage of different technologies but there was always someone on the team who had direct, in-depth experience with a component in question. I've never worked with group where there was always someone you could go to to overcome any problem or challenge. These guys could find the root cause of an issue quickly--often with little or no investigation--and each one was highly engaged. They would step in and fix things without a lot of chit chat. I still wonder how lucky we were to have attracted such wonderful souls with the best mix of talent and disposition. My experience working with this team has been the best professional experience I've ever had.

02/25/2017
ZERO SOUTH : PTV First Contact Convoy on the Beaufort Sea

ZERO SOUTH Time Capsule Post #015: This might go down as the greatest geek moment of my life. In this video you are witnessing the FIRST time the ZERO SOUTH vehicles are driven in their intended, sub-zero environment.

Just minutes before this was shot, the tracks were installed and the Snowstream sled was hitched to PTV2 for the first time. After six years of building and testing, this was an awesome moment and it seems fitting these first minutes would attempt a giant leap onto a vast and remote frozen expanse.

It starts with PTV2 towing the Snowstream down a boat ramp onto the frozen Beaufort Sea, nearly flipping the sled! The sled designer gave the skis separate, articulating action but this feature doesn't work well when I forget to remove the shipping binders from skis! :-) Once that was sorted it did well.

There were so many "firsts" happening. This was the first time the PTVs towed a sled, the first time the Snowsteam sled was pulled on snow, the first full-traverse configuration, the first over-snow convoy and the first time the PTVs drove on snow, period!

When driving across frozen nothingness, you might think you would put your vehicle on a heading to the next waypoint and just drive straight, but that was not the case. Driving on a frozen sea is a bit like driving on sand dunes. Our guide, Arnie Arey, led the convoy in his Mattracks-equipped Dodge vehicle, but he did not drive straight--preferring instead to forge a zig-zagging route that was more like a hunter tracking an animal. Our guide taught us a lot. He was constantly scouting for trails and driving around ice cracks, pressure ridges and snow drifts. His constant and intense attention to terrain is something we are adopting for future traverses.

The Alaska expedition was all about making a proper first contact with representative testing, terrain, temperatures and team, and there are so many things that go through your mind when you do something for first time. Assessing ride quality, checking vehicle vitals, explaining unusual traction and slipping. You are constantly on edge, sensing what's happening and checking for anomalies. I think I can speak for the entire team when I say, we felt very alive out there.

02/24/2017
ZERO SOUTH : Crack in the Ice

ZERO SOUTH Time Capsule Post #014: There are many cracks in the ice between Prudhoe Bay and Barrow and somehow we stopped on top of one of them. Given the sea was likely frozen all the way to the ground, I think the scene appears more dramatic than it was. That's what the locals told us anyway, and your rational mind agrees based on months of below-freezing temperatures in the region. Trouble is, you never really know. Sights like this are reminders of the risks we take and they also evoke moments of uncertainty, or what I call, the silent expedition killer. No matter how seemingly benign or explainable some things may be--no matter how much risk you mitigate or thoughtful advance planning--the discomforts of extreme cold, expectations wondering when we'll reach our destination and the silent uncertainties--like a crack in the ice or anxiety while diagnosing a vehicle break down--this and more will cause our mind's powerful imagination to flare up. What's the solution? Think like a Vulcan. Embrace logic. Press on!

02/23/2017
ATTN:

Arnold Schwarzenegger has some strong views on climate change and pollution and it turns out, he thinks like we do. We must address the problems we face and together we can do it. Arnold makes a guest appearance in our show, 'ZERO SOUTH : HUMMER to HYBRID' where he shares some good points about the direction of humanity. Some of them are in this video as well. When asked what he thinks about our idea to re-purpose a couple Hummers for climate science, his words: "I see the future. If we can change the technology inside the Hummer to electric...or hybrid...this is the future. This is fantastic! I love this project!"

"Pollution kills more people every year than wars, car accidents, and homicides combined." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger

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02/23/2017
ZERO SOUTH : PTV2 Recovery on the Beaufort Sea

ZERO SOUTH Time Capsule Post #013: If you'd like proof this is a lucky project, here's some: This video is dedicated to ZERO SOUTH team member, Charlie Zacarias who handled the repair to recover PTV2 off the Beaufort Sea. We were lucky to have this guy with us, and in case any of you are wondering, it's true, Marines never leave a man--or in this rare case, a vehicle--behind. An incoming Phase 2 storm with 50MPH winds meant we had to step up the effort to get to PTV2 off the ice. Never mind it was -30 F and the vehicle was in Harrison Bay--an area where pregnant polar bears are known to build their winter dens. The vehicle had been left on the ice for two days and snow and ice were beginning to consume it. It took several hours to replace the left-rear geared hub and re-install the track, which was a task that would take less than an hour back home--but things just take longer out there. We spent the same amount of time searching for things as we did working on them, but Charlie was smart. He measured out every fastener and tool he would need like a cooking show, and practiced the repair in the comfortable warehouse of Carlile Transportation back in Prudhoe Bay. Still, lots of small, annoying problems came up that we weren't expecting, and these are the things that play tricks on your mind. For example, we figured it would be a good idea to remove and inspect the other rear track to check the end float on the geared hub before setting off. At the end of the video, you'll see a shot of the track impacted with snow-and-ice. The cavities around each of the eight lug nuts were locked with ice and we couldn't get a socket on them until an ice pick was used to slowly chip away each one. Twenty minutes later we were back to where we thought we would be starting. That kind of thing happens a lot, but the only way to get through this type of work is to be patient, stay calm and work through it. Oh ya, and make sure you have solid people like Charlie with you.

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