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Around the world in an EV

2012-09-27 09:16

Citroën’s C-Zero, with a two-man team, has become the first standard electric car to drive around the world.

The battery-powered vehicle crossed 17 countries to cover 25 000km during an eight-month period on overnight battery charges from many, many helpful people's home sockets

EV'S GLOBAL JOURNEY

Engineers Xavier Degon (27) and Antonin Guy (28) started their Electric Odyssey on February 11, 2012, from Strasbourg, France, and driving across Europe, North America, Japan, south-east Asia, China and Russia, before re-entering Europe and finishing their global journey back in Strasbourg, on September 24, 2012.

Ordinary people helped the car along its way, offering their plug sockets for the C-Zero to get its daily charge. They became affectionately known as ‘pluggers’.

The tour aimed to promote the image of electric vehicles to the greater public as a practical, environmentally considerate mode of daily transport while exceeding the expectations of what an electric power train can accomplish.

Beyond the technological challenge, the journey was also a human adventure, giving Degon and Guy opportujitie to meet, connect with and unite people around the world.