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Ah, those Jules Verne fanatics, you'll find them everywhere. One Tesla Roadster owner last month set upon his own tribute to the author by starting his attempt to drive around the world in – yes – 80 days. Even better, it's now a race to be the first world round trip driver with a standard EV (that "standard" is important, since the Solar Taxi has already made the trip back in 2007-2008, a journey that took 17 months.

In 1873, the man who pioneered science fiction, Jules Verne, wrote one of his most acclaimed books: Around the World in Eighty Days. The book places Phileas Fogg in a bet with friends that he could make it around the world in 80 days. Doing so today, even with modern transportation, would be a challenge without the proper budget; but doing it in an electric car that needs to be recharged every few hundred miles, some would think impossible.