• Jul 15th 2010 at 7:53PM
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So, what's it like to go 300 miles in an electric vehicle when that vehicle is a wheelchair? That's exacatly what a Norwegian couple, Ole-Jørgen and Torill, learned recently when they drove from Trondheim to Oslo on two slow-moving seats. They didn't set out to make the long journey they way they did, but when the national train company, NSB, told them they couldn't take their personal rides on the train because they were too big, off they went. Given the obvious quirkiness of this story and the two riders, the national media has taken an interest in the journey and it's become a symbol of protest against the NSB. There was certainly plenty of time to think about the statement during the nine-day-drive; the wheelchairs have a top speed of 5.5 miles per hour, says Electricaid. Like some long-distance electric vehicle drivers in the U.S., the couple recharged their rides at campgrounds. Next time, perhaps Ole-Jørgen and Torill will put a flamethrower up front. Thanks to Richard for the tip!

[Source: Electricaid]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      If you like the idea of long-distance travel in a wheelchair, you should watch "Aaltra".

      "Rural neighbors who hate each other come to blows one day on a farm and get tangled up in an agricultural tractor, leaving them both paralyzed, wheelchair-bound, and simmering with spite. But rather than feel sorry for themselves, the embittered paraplegics decide to seek revenge against the tractor's manufacturer. They take to the road, redirecting their frustrations with their plights towards the people they meet on the way to Helsinki. Captured in sharp black-and-white Cinemascope photography that complements its exquisite Tati-like sight gags, Aaltra undermines conventional attitudes toward the disabled with its dry wit and acerbic, vengeful characters. Look for some recognizable cameos, including famous Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki."

      • 8 Months Ago
      In other green CAR news, I mowed my lawn with my electric lawnmower.
      • 8 Months Ago
      On another note, is that what homeless people look like in Scandinavia or is that a Sasquatch?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Those are not wheelchairs! They are mobility carts for people that might have difficulty with walking longer distances. Not the same thing...
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