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Indian Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk Driving To Europe For EV Rally

The 2016 WAVE Trophy electric vehicle rally will be beginning just a few weeks from now — on June 11th, in the German city of Bremerhaven — giving enthusiasts from around the world the opportunity to showcase their vehicles.

The rally will see participants travel over 1,000 miles — from Bremerhaven, through the Alsace region of France, and all the way to the United Nations center in Geneva, Switzerland. The rally has stops in 60 cities along the way scheduled.

The 2015 WAVE Trophy rally saw more than 577 electric car, scooters, and motorcycles, take part — so it seems pretty likely that turnout this year will be strong as well.

Gas2 provides further information:

The goal of the WAVE Trophy is to support the expansion of electric mobility. To that end, every vehicle entered must be powered only by renewable energy sources. That applies to the vehicles used by the organizers and event staff as well. The rules explicitly require that not one ounce of fossil fuel can be used during the event. This year’s WAVE Trophy event has attracted interest from several major car manufacturers and three universities. There will also be a number of riders on electric bicycles this year. The annual event was founded in 2011 by Louis Palmer, holder of the UN Environmental Program “Champion of the Earth Award” for driving two times around the world in solar powered vehicles.

“After the signing of the Paris Climate Change agreement we feel it is not enough to inspire,” commented Palmer. “So through the WAVE international electric vehicle trophy and schools’ initiative we are acting. We urge society and leaders to be part of the needed change — now it’s time for action, before it’s too late.”

Electric tuk tuk

With regard to “participants from around the world,” it seems that a Naveen Rabelli will be driving his solar-powered electric tuk tuk to the event all the way from India. The 5,000 mile trip will reportedly take around 100 days — with the intent behind the very long trip being to improve public awareness of the possibilities of electric (and specifically solar-powered) vehicles.

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