Around the world in EV ways

News 18/07/2019

Dutchman Wiebe Wakker has driven an electric car 101,000 kilometres from Amsterdam to New Zealand.

He joins guest host Brendan Telfer in conversation on Magic Talk Drive ahead of his arrival in Bluff on Friday.

Wakker’s original plan was to finish in Sydney, Australia as part of his Plug Me In project. A few New Zealanders who were enthusiastic about his journey invited him to come to the country and helped him with shipping the car across the Tasman Sea.

“I am excited to finish in Bluff because after reaching Europe’s most northern point the North Cape, Bluff is New Zealand’s most southern point."

Now I have crossed the globe from north to south in an electric car.

Wakker started the final leg of his journey in Auckland on the 5th of June and has driven cross the North and South Islands. During his trip he engaged with sustainable initiatives and people involved in sustainable mobility.

“Electric cars are a way to tackle climate change,” he said. “I wanted to change people’s opinions and inspire people to start driving electric by showing the advantages of sustainable mobility."

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

“It has been an amazing adventure. People are congratulating me for showing the possibilities of electric vehicles but what I am most proud of is that I have created a platform to show the generosity of people around the world. Many people have helped me along the way and that is what I will always remember.”

Watch the full interview above.