Published on May 27th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen


Mission Africa — 3000 Miles in an Electric Car: or, Xavier Chevrin Is Manlier Than You

May 27th, 2012 by  

A depressingly high percentage of new car buyers don’t even want to hear about the potential benefits of an electric car. “It doesn’t go far enough per charge,” they complain, or “But where am I going to plug in it? My garage is full of stuff and there’s no plug on the street!” In a single fell swoop (okay, it’s a six-week trip) titled “Mission Africa,” Frenchman Xavier Chevrin is setting out to prove that it is possible to drive an all-electric vehicle 3,000 miles through Africa, on bumpy (or even non-existent) roads.

Frenchman To Take EV 3000 Miles Through Africa And Prove Rest of World Chicken (via Gas 2.0)

If a Frenchman can drive an electric vehicle 3,000 miles through Africa, you can certainly handle driving an EV the fifteen miles to work and back, plus around the city for shopping. Just driving through Africa is generally some sort of adventure; whether it’s the relatively tame massive potholes…

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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.

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