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Dutch Adventurer Completes 3-Year World Trip in Electric Car

Dutch Adventurer Completes 3-Year World Trip in Electric Car

Tuesday, 9 April, 2019 - 05:30
Dutch adventurer Wiebe Wakker on his electric car journey from the Netherlands to Australia. (Reuters)
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Wiebe Wakker turned off his car in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, marking the end of a more than three-year journey in his converted electric Volkswagen Golf.

Wakker’s initiative is the longest journey in an electric car ever recorded and was started to inspire and educate on a carbon-free future.

Wakker departed the Netherlands on March 15, 2016 and has spent a total of 1,119 days traveling more than 95,000 km and visiting 33 countries to try and draw attention to the durability and sustainability of electric cars.

The drive had relied on the support of strangers across the globe who offered the traveler food, a place to stay and the essential means to charge his car along the way.

Talking to supporters after reaching his finishing line, Wakker said: "I got the help of about 1,800 people all the way through Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and finally today I arrived here."

Soon after 2 pm local time, Wakker and a motorcade of electric cars crossed Sydney’s iconic Harbor Bridge, before finishing his long journey at the Royal Botanical Gardens by the Sydney Opera House.

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