• Introducing

    Plug Me In

    In 1,222 days Wiebe Wakker drove 100,450km through 34 countries from
    the Netherlands to New Zealand in his electric 'Blue Bandit',
    with the aim to educate, inspire and accelerate
    the transition to a low-carbon future.

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The Story

Here’s what happened.

The Challenge

On the 15th of March 2016, I started with my mission to reach Sydney, on the other side of the world in an electric car. I challenged myself to start without money. To get there I asked people to “Plug Me In” with a meal, place to sleep or electricity for the car.

Eventually, over 1,800 people from 45 countries signed up on this page. The offers determined the route and send me crisscross over the globe.

Educate

During the journey I wanted to learn about sustainability. I visited dozens of sustainable initiatives and interviewed them about the environmental challenges in the countries I visited or they showed what solutions are available to tackle the climate problem.
Find all the interviews on my blog

I gave talks at universities, schools, companies, embassies and NGO’s to tell people why we need to switch to sustainable forms of transport.

Inspire

By setting an ambitious goal which speaks to the imagination (driving to the other side of the world on electricity) I wanted to prove that EVs are a viable way of transport and inspire people to start driving electric.

Accelerate

With my mission, I aimed to raise awareness for sustainable mobility. I managed to talk with various ministers, sheikhs, councillors, ambassadors and companies.
My message was featured in over 2000 online articles, 150 radio interviews, hundreds of newspapers articles and 50 TV appearances which you can find here.

Finish

On the 7th of April 2019, I finally reached Sydney and achieved my goal. It took 1,119 days, 34 countries and 95,000km to get there and it became the longest journey in an Electric Vehicle, ever.
Over 300 people hosted me and I got help from many other people, companies and organizations. The arrival became global news and was featured on TV channels in over 40 countries.

After the Sydney finish, I was asked to come to New Zealand and on the 19th of July, I finished in Bluff, the most southern tip of NZ. After a short break, I returned home early September.

                         

 

                                   

 

                   

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