• 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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    Adventure

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The Story

Here’s what happened.

About Me

My name is Wiebe Wakker and I drove from the Netherlands to New Zealand in an electric car. That took me 3.5 years and I did that basically without any money.

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 borrowed called the Blue Bandit. To get there I asked people to “Plug Me In” with a meal, place to sleep or electricity for the car.

Over 1,800 people from 45 countries offered help. All the offers determined the route and I was sent crisscross around the globe, passing 34 countries and driving over 100,000km on electricity.

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Educate

I used my trip as an exploration, discovering what sustainability is about. 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. All the interviews can be viewed on the blog.

During the trip I gave dozens of talks at universities, schools, companies, embassies and NGO’s to share why we need to switch to sustainable forms of mobility.

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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 Electric Vehicles are a viable way of transport and inspire people to start driving electric.

My journey was full of adventures. I crossed the Iranian desert, was invited by sheikhs in the Emirates, had massive problems with my car in India and had so many interesting encounters with people everywhere I came.

I have documented my whole trip on video and you can still see those on this website.

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Accelerate

With my mission, I aimed to raise awareness for sustainable mobility. I engaged with various ministers, sheikhs, mayors, ambassadors, companies and even a royal family.
My message was featured in over 2000 online articles, 150 radio interviews, hundreds of newspaper articles and 50 TV appearances including CNN, BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic, Buzzfeed, Top Gear and many more.

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Finish

On the 7th of April 2019, I finally reached Sydney and achieved my goal. It took 1,119 days, 33 countries and 95,000km to get there and it became the longest journey in an Electric Vehicle, ever.
Over 350 people hosted me and I got help from many other people, companies and organizations. The finish 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.

Now I've returned home I give talks about my adventure and learnings.

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Museum Exposition

I am super proud that my story is currently exhibited at Volkswagen's Autostadt Museum!
In the museum you can see the Blue Bandit and learn all about our story through various photos, videos and objects I collected on the way.

The exposition runs until April 2021 in Wolfsburg, Germany.

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