Wiebe Wakker arrives at Bluff, New Zealand. Pictures: Wiebe Wakker via Reuters.
Wiebe Wakker arrives at Bluff, New Zealand. Pictures: Wiebe Wakker via Reuters.
Blue Bandit along Lake Tekapo.
Blue Bandit along Lake Tekapo.
The Australian Outback.
The Australian Outback.
Perth.
Perth.
Sydney.
Sydney.
Dubai.
Dubai.
Malaysia.
Malaysia.
At the Tropic of Cancer in Myanmar.
At the Tropic of Cancer in Myanmar.
India.
India.
Timor Leste.
Timor Leste.
Indonesia
Indonesia
Indonesia
Indonesia
Indonesia.
Indonesia.
India
India
Iran.
Iran.

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.

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Not only did he tackle the trip in a car that could manage just 200km between recharges, but he also did it without any money.

Wakker instead relied on the helpfulness of strangers along the way to support him with meals, somewhere to sleep and, of course, a place to plug his beloved car in. 

Reuters