Dutch national Wiebe Wakker had a mission to travel across the globe using his electric Volkswagen Golf. Last month he accomplished this mission in Sydney after more than a three-year escapade. According to Reuters, he aimed to complete the journey in hopes of educating others about the capabilities of electric vehicles and a carbon-free future.
Wakker’s initiative acts as the longest journey ever made using an electric vehicle. He departed the Netherlands on March 15, 2016 and spent more than 1,000 days traveling over 95,000 km. During this time, he visited 33 countries in an attempt to highlight the power of electric mobility.
To complete the drive, he had to rely on the support of strangers around the world. These people offered Wakker food, places to stay and charging stations for his vehicle. “I got about (1,800) people to sign up and make me zig zag all the way through Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and finally today I arrived here,” he said to supporters at the finish line, according to Reuters.
He finished the long adventure at the Royal Botanical Gardens by the Sydney Opera House.