101,000km drive without any petrol

Adventurer and Dutch sustainability advocate Wiebe Wakker completed the longest-ever journey in an electric vehicle yesterday in the most ideal of places - an oasis of mountains, bright blue skies and sparkling water at Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand.

The three-year, 101,000km drive took him through more than 30 countries, Reuters reported.

Mr Wakker, 32, set off from the Netherlands in March 2016 in his "Blue Bandit" - a converted Volkswagen Golf - to showcase the potential of sustainable transport.

The trip saw him drive through Eastern Europe, Iran, India and South-east Asia, before travelling around Australia and across to New Zealand.

The drive was supported by strangers who offered food, shelter and the means to charge the car.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2019, with the headline '101,000km drive without any petrol'. Print Edition | Subscribe