In a bid to prove the viability of electric cars in tackling climate change, Dutchman Wiebe Wakker finished his epic three-year, 95, 000 kilometre trip from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Sydney, Australia in an electric car on 7th April 2019.
Wakker started off his journey in March 2016 with hardly any money in his pocket but with a firm resolve to prove the feasibility of electric cars for daily use. His trip was funded by public donations from around the world. He travelled across 33 countries of the world and depended on the generosity of others for sleeping, his food, and electricity to charge his station wagon that he nicknamed ‘The Blue Bandit.’
He travelled across countries such as Turkey, Iran, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia and finally ended his 1,119 day trip at Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens.
Wakker said that his modified vehicle can travel around 200 kilometres on a single charge and that he spent a mere $300 on electricity. He also said that the vehicle would have otherwise used 6,785 litres of petrol to finish his journey.
Wakker did keep his followers posted of his progress through social media and at the end of his journey, he posted an ecstatic message.
I MADE IT!
Driving with an electric car from Amsterdam to Sydney! Finished just now at the @RBGSydney and wow so proud!
With my trip I wanted to proof the viability of EV’s but the thing I would remember the most is the kindness I received from people all over the world! Wow! pic.twitter.com/Di5f42yARU
— Plug Me In (@WiebeWkkr) April 7, 2019
Isn’t this truly inspirational? Do you think electric vehicles are the modes of sustainable mobility? Do let us know your views.