Saturday February 11, 2012 is a big day for Xavier Degon and Antonin Guy, the start of their Electric Odyssey.
These two young engineers – 26 and 28 – are getting ready to set off on a groundbreaking round-the-world trip. Not walking, cycling, sailing or flying…but driving an electric car. The idea is to raise public awareness about this environmentally-friendly means of transport, with their 100% electric Citroën C-Zéro not emitting any CO2 or polluting particles.
round-the-world trip in contact with communities
The other original feature of this world tour is its community aspect. To run, this car needs energy and more specifically electricity, as you may have guessed. Every 110km or so, representing more than 200 stages, the team will need to convince local communities to lend them their power outlets so they can recharge the vehicle’s battery. Across 17 countries and over 25,000km, our two French adventurers will have to find kindhearted “pluggers” to avoid running out of power!
support the project: get plugging!
They will be crossing France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the US, Poland, Japan, China, Russia and many other countries. Discover their journey with an interactive map on their website www.electric-odyssey.com. Everyone can become a plugger, so if you are on their route, support this initiative and register in the Become plugger! section… and share your plugs.
If they are not passing your hometown, you can still help them: spread the word on Facebook by liking and sharing their page, there may be potential pluggers among your friends!
Orange is partnering the electric car world tour
A round-the-world journey in an electric car is of course connected, especially thanks to Orange, which is supplying the communications tools and mobile subscriptions needed, in addition to kitting out the vehicle with M2M technology (more details about the partnership with Orange). You will also be able to follow the Electric Odyssey on Twitter with @ElecOdyssey for live updates and on FlickR to share their journey in images.
Head to Place Kléber in Strasbourg at 3:30pm for the start of this epic adventure!