It took three years, but this Dutchman just finished the world’s longest EV journey in Sydney
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Dutchman Wiebe Wakker has driven an electric vehicle (EV) 95,000km proving batteries can take you a really, really long way.
Wakker drove from Amsterdam to Sydney, crossing through 33 countries in 1,113 days, completing the world’s longest ever EV journey on Sunday.
He wanted to prove that EVs are perfectly fine for everyday use.
“If one man can drive to the other side of the world in an electric car, then they should definitely be viable for daily use,” Wakker said.
The car, a retrofitted station wagon named “The Blue Bandit”, has a range of 200km on a single charge.
The original non-modified car would have used 6,785 litres of petrol to complete the journey but Wakker spent only $300 on electricity, mostly in outback Australia.
He had only one flat tyre and no car accidents.
Wakker is the first person to drive to the other side of the world in an EV, and the first person to cross Turkey, Iran, India, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia in an EV.
He left Amsterdam on March 15, 2016 without any money but with a goal to prove the viability of electric cars.
He asked people to support him by offering a meal, a place to sleep, or electricity to charge his car.
Thousands signed up on his website and these offers determined the route of the journey, which criss-crossed through 33 countries.
“Nearly 2,000 people from 45 countries offered to host me – I received so much help,” Wakker said.
“Locals helped repair the car when it broke down, people offered me a couch to sleep on, and many offered a plug to charge the car.”