I was born with it.
They are a way to tackle the climate problem.
The car originally came from a project of a Dutch utilities company. In 2009 they learned about V2G technology and they decided to convert 50 VW Golfs from petrol to electric to research this. Basically they removed the engine and fuel tank and replaced it with an electrical motor and battery pack. One of the owners from that energy company started his own venture, Bundles, so I got in touch with him and borrowed this car. It’s not an EV with high tech features, it’s just a normal car that drives on electric power. It has a 200km (124 miles) range which is pretty good since it’s a 2009 car.
No, this was the first time I did more than 30km (19 miles).
My route was determined by my followers. On my website plugmeinproject.com people could sign up and support me by offering a meal, place to sleep or electricity for the car. Every week I would look on the map and see what’s offered nearby, I travelled from plug to plug. Eventually this made me zig zag 100,450km (62,417 miles)through 34 countries in 1222 days.
Not much really. As I did not know my route I did not need to plan. I just took clothes to cater for warm and cold weather, equipment to capture my journey and loads of different charging cables/adapters. Oh and toilet paper – never go on a long roadtrip without toilet paper.
Yes, but sometimes I slept in the car when I could not find a place to stay. I also slept in a WWII bunker, a boat, a temple in india, on a ferry between rats and in the smoking area of an office.
Not really, as I was mostly powered by people who offered me a place to stay or a meal. Sometimes I looked for a job in case I needed some money for visas or shipping of the car. I also found sponsors to cover this and received donations when my car had mechanical issues.
No use of the car’s heating and coolong system, and to drive slowly.
At the start I made some translation documents for what I knew I’d need to explain to anyone I met, but I never had to use them. In every village you can find at least someone who speaks English. Otherwise I’d communicate with hands and feet, or failing that Google translate.
Most countries I visited had no EV infrastructure – even Western European countries, so I mainly charged at people’s homes which was not a problem. Only in India there were sometimes very low voltages, like four Amp and I would look all day for a factory or an office to find higher voltages. Also in India power cuts are very frequnet so I could only charge my car for a few hours at a time.
People are very amazed I crossed this many countries and distance.
238,000 (147,886 miles).
I estimate only 5 per cent.
To educate and inspire to ultimately accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. I visited dozens of sustainable initiatives and interviewed them about the environmental challenges their countries face and what solutions are available to tackle the climate problem. You can find all the interviews on my blog. I managed to talk with various ministers, sheikhs and ambassadors.
Follow me on Instagram – @plugmeintravel. I also give inspiring talks about my record-breaking journey to universities, schools, companies, embassies and NGOs to help spread people to understand why we need to switch to sustainable forms of transport. If you want to have me speak at your event, email email@example.com.