Wiebe Wakker has successfully managed to drive an electric car 60,000 miles from Amsterdam all the way to Sydney, Australia. Covering over 30 countries and taking almost three years to complete, it’s thought to be the longest electric car journey ever undertaken.
Wiebe undertook the epic journey with the aim of demonstrating the capacity and reliability of electric cars; in turn promoting them as an important part of tackling climate change. To this end, the 60,000 mile roadtrip included a number of visits to organisations, people and companies that are working hard in the field of sustainability.
The journey began on 15th March 2016 when Wiebe and his electric-converted 2009 Volkswagen Golf – nicknamed ‘The Blue Bandit’ – set off on a journey to the other side of the world. As if it wasn’t enough already, Wiebe set off on his journey with no money, instead depending on the kindness of people along the route when it came to food, sleep or places to charge his car.
Wiebe says that the Plug Me In project is a collaboration between people, with anyone being able to contribute at any time by offering the above. This sense of contribution and collaboration is said to mirror the way that we can all have an effect on reducing climate change by contributing to a more sustainable world.
The route, which can be seen on the Plug Me In project website, was entirely determined by offers of assistance and saw Wiebe travel through 33 different countries. On 8th April 2019, after 1,119 days on the road, Wiebe and The Blue Bandit triumphantly arrived in Sydney amongst a parade of other electric cars.
Speaking to the BBC after finishing his amazing journey, Wiebe said:
“I’m pretty enthusiastic about electric cars because it’s a way to tackle climate change”
“But a lot of people don’t want to start driving electric because there are a lot of prejudices, people think they are not reliable or they cannot travel long distances. So I thought I want to do something insane which is driving from Amsterdam to literally the other side of the world to show that it can be done.”
Wiebe also stressed that his converted Volkswagen Golf is a first generation electric car offering only 200km (125 miles) range; most current electric cars on the market now boast ranges of up to 500km (310 miles), meaning that they are even more viable for daily life. When you consider that Wiebe and his short range electric car have now travelled across the globe, it’s hard to argue.
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