How far can an electric car go? Project Evie thinks you can take one around the world. To that end, the small group of young electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts has partnered with an unnamed large automaker to drive one of their EVs around the world. Yup, it's time to circumnavigate in an official EV. Of course, we've seen a Tesla Roadster drive across the United States, the Xof1 go across Canada and one amazing Swiss teacher, Louis Palmer, drive around the world in his solar taxi (a trip that took 17 months and 32,365 miles). Still, this is the first global trip in a production electric car that we know of.
Project Evie is set to launch this June, and more details – like which car, exactly, they will be using – will be announced soon. For now the plan is to start in New Zealand and finish up in New York. If you're saying, "wait, that's not all the way around," a look at the planned route shows that is may not be a loop, but the drivers do hope to hit pretty much everywhere except northeastern Russia and western Africa during their 18-month trip. The group believes that:
We'll be watching.With the development of electric vehicle technologies and the pressing economic, geopolitical and environmental need to find alternatives to fossil fuel consumption, one deciding factor stands in the way of a sustainable future - public opinion. While many Americans would consider buying an electric vehicle in principle, few do so in practice. The most common reason cited for shying away from EVs? Range anxiety. By proving just how easy it is to travel long distances with an EV, and with your help, we are confident we can push public opinion past the tipping point of adoption.
[Source: Project Evie]