Dutchman drives electric Volkswagen Golf from Amsterdam to #Perth without visiting a fuel station

More than 70,000km and 33 countries – without visiting a fuel station.

It took Wiebe Wakker 884 days to make the trek in his 2009 Volkswagen Golf dubbed the Blue Bandit, which had its petrol engine and fuel tank replaced with a 37kWh battery, giving it a range of 200km.

Despite the rather small range, Wakker has smashed records on his journey.

He has racked up 70,000km so far – the previous record for the longest distance covered in an electric, non-solar vehicle was 22,000km – and has crossed 33 countries, including being the first person to cross Turkey, Iran, India, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia in a fully electric car.

He is also proud of stopping at zero fuel stations.

Wakker first landed in Australia in Darwin before making the arduous 57-day trip to Perth.

He said Australia had been the most generous country on his trip so far, with more than 350 people offering him accommodation – unfortunately, most were in capital cities.

This meant he had to rely on help from roadhouses, Indigenous communities and farms to get him to Perth.

Source: Dutchman drives electric car from Amsterdam to Perth | The West Australian