Wellington - A Dutch sustainability advocate has completed the world's longest ever journey in an electric vehicle, arriving in New Zealand on Friday after a three-year drive that took him through more than 30 countries.
Wiebe Wakker set off from the Netherlands in March 2016 in his "Blue Bandit" (an old Volkswagen Golf 5 estate retrofitted with an electric motor) to showcase the potential of sustainable transport, funded by donations from those following his trip on social media.
"I wanted to do my best to promote this technology and show that sustainability is a viable way of transport," Wakker told journalists.
"I wanted to do something really that speaks to the imagination which is driving an electric car from Amsterdam to the other side of the world to show that it can be done."
The 101 000km trip took Wakker through Eastern Europe, Iran, India, Southeast Asia, before travelling around much of Australia and across to New Zealand.