Dutchman ends 'world's longest electric car trip' in Australia

The marathon journey - aimed at proving the viability of electric cars - covered 33 countries over three years.

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Dutchman Wiebe Wakker celebrates after arriving in an electric vehicle at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney on Sunday. Source: AAP

A Dutchman completed an epic 95,000-kilometre journey by electric car in Sydney on Sunday in a bid to prove the viability of such vehicles in tackling climate change.

Wiebe Wakker drove his retrofitted station wagon, nicknamed "The Blue Bandit", across 33 countries in what he said was the world's longest-ever journey by electric car.

Wiebe Wakker said he undertook the journey to prove the viability of electric cars.
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The trip from the Netherlands to Australia took just over three years and was funded by public donations from around the world, including electricity to charge the Bandit, food and a place to sleep.

Wakker drove across a variety of countries and environments including Turkey, Iran, India, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia, with the route determined by the offers he received on his website.

"I wanted to change people's opinions and inspire people to start driving electric by showing the advantages of sustainable mobility," Wakker said.

"If one man can drive to the other side of the world in an electric car, then EVs (electric vehicles) should definitely be viable for daily use."

Wakker said before the car was modified, it would have used 6,785 litres of petrol to complete the journey.

The modified vehicle can travel 200 kilometres on a single charge, with Wakker saying he spent just $US300 on electricity, much of it in the remote desert areas Australia.

Published 7 April 2019 at 6:00pm, updated 7 April 2019 at 9:20pm
Source: AFP - SBS