Dutch ends 95.000 km e-car trip successfully in Sydney
Three years after he left Houten (Utrecht, The Netherlands), Dutch adventurer Wiebe Wakker finally arrived in Sydney (Australia), after a 95.000 km journey with an electric vehicle. The longest trip ever with an electric car.
“The moment of arrival was fantastic”, Wakker reacted. He was welcomed by two helicopters and a parade of electric cars that guided him to the finish. “The parade had a great symbolical value for me. I’ve travelled alone but I was supported by hundreds of people offering me energy to meet my goal and show the possibilities of electric mobility.”
Wakker left Houten on March 15th, 2016. His voyage took him from the Netherlands to West and East Europe, the Middle East, India, Asia and Australia. He passed through 33 countries. At least two thousand people from more than forty countries supported him with shelter, food and energy.
2009 VW Golf break
The car was a transformed Volkswagen Golf station wagon, a 2009 model, with a 200 km range. The Blue Bandit, as the car was called, used 17 MWh electricity. Normally the trip would have cost him 2.355 euro but with all the help he got it was only 300 euro.
Main challenges were technical problems and logistics. During his 1.119-days journey, he hardly had any mental problems, Wakker said. “Anyway, if you plan such an expedition, you know perfectly well you’ll meet some challenges.” Wakker also said to be surprised by the altruistic attitude of people. He often got help from locals and sometimes was even slipped some money for necessary repair.