Adelaide - Driving between towns is something that many electric car drivers fear, but Dutchman Wiebe Wakker hasn’t just conquered that so-called range anxiety - he’s actually tackled an 89 000km road adventure that’s taken him through 33 countries in 1050 days.
So far Wakker has taken his ‘Blue Bandit’, which is a Volkswagen Golf 5 estate retrofitted with an electric motor, through Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and a large chunk of Australia, where he recently pulled into Adelaide after an Outback Adventure.
But not only is he doing the trip in a car that can manage just 200km between recharges, he’s also doing the trip without any money.
Wakker instead relies on the helpfulness of people along the way to support him with a meal, somewhere to sleep and, of course, a place to plug his beloved car in. So far he’s been helped out by 1700 people, whose offers also determine his route.
On that note, he theoretically doesn’t have very far to go, given that his goal is to reach Sydney.