Perth, Australia - A Dutch man dubbing himself the ‘electric explorer’ has set a new long distance record for electric cars by driving 70 000km on purely battery power.
But the most interesting part is that Wiebe Wakker relied on good old ubuntu to keep him going along his epic two-and-a-half-year journey from Amsterdam in The Netherlands to Perth in Australia: he travels without money and relies on the kindness of people around the world to keep him going.
Wakker's project ‘Plug Me In’ asked people to contribute a meal, place to sleep or electricity for his converted electric car through crowdsourcing. The route of the journey was determined by these offers via his plugmeinproject.com website, which made Wakker zigzag around the world, crossing 33 countries and driving those 70 000km without visiting a single fuel station.
After departing Amsterdam on 15 March 2016, it took Wakker 827 days to reach Darwin in northern Australia after a thrilling road trip through Europe, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia and earlier this week he reached Perth on the western coast of Australia.
“Arriving on Australia’s shores already felt like a big accomplishment and now having reached Perth I am very proud that I can also show everyone that it is possible to reach one of the world’s most isolated cities in an electric car.”