Some positive news in today’s sustainability world as a Dutch man concludes New Zealand’s three-year electric road trip. Sustainability advocate Wiebe Wakker drove his’ Blue Bandit ‘ electric car across the globe for thousands of miles to prove how powerful and reliable electric cars can be.
Wakker’s road trip started in Europe, to be precise in the city of Amsterdam, spanning thirty countries including Eastern Europe, Iran, India, Southeast Asia and Australia before reaching his final destination in New Zealand. The impressive journey covered 62,800 miles or 101,000 kilometers, during which time, through a blog and on social media, he documented it all, giving regular updates on his progress! Among the many memories that Wakker will undoubtedly cherish, the Netherlands hero quotes his visit along the way to Iran’s largest car manufacturer in Tehran and recalls his visit to the Uluru’s Australian outback and Aboriginal sacred grounds.
By using this trip to showcase the immense potential of electric cars, Wiebe Wakker gives Europe a good reputation when it comes to green transport. The entire trip has been funded by donations that he has received to help the cause since he started off in March 2016.
“I wanted to do my best to promote this technology and show that sustainability is a viable way of transport. 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.”
Wakker relied on the care and support of complete strangers over the course of the three years he spent on the road who were happy to help him out with a couch to sleep on and food to eat. He also had to find places to charge his car along the way, helped again by local people who welcomed him to their communities for the short time he was with them.
Wiebe Wakker is an inspiration for all of us, having highlighted the durability of electric vehicles through his journey, adding to the reputation of the many European cities leading the way in environmentally friendly transport networks.