Electrippin’ round the world

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | JULIE SAM
Published Apr 22, 2017, 3:29 am IST
Updated Apr 22, 2017, 6:53 am IST
Wiebe Wakker has travelled the world in an electric car to raise awarenes about sustainability. His exploits recently brought him to Mumbai.
Wiebe Wakker
 Wiebe Wakker

Wiebe Wakker’s experiment can very well make  for a reality show — a lone traveller, no money and a tour of the world. Since Wiebe doesn’t carry any money, his project depends largely on the kindness of strangers. Ask him if that’s a tall order and Wiebe will let you know that he has been successful in his attempts. With his project, Plug Me In, the 29-year-old Dutch has embarked on a journey that has taken him from the Netherlands to Australia in a Volkswagen Golf electric car to make a documentary on sustainability. Those who are keen on helping him out, get in touch with him on his website to provide him with food, a place to sleep, or just electricity to charge his car.

The idea for the project comes partially from his graduation project, and also the example set by countryman Ramon Stoppelenburg’s project Let Me Stay For A Day. “I always wanted to make a journey in a special way, instead of going from hostel to hostel. A road trip was something that grabbed my interest because this way, you have the freedom to go wherever you want,” he explains, as he finished the last leg of his Mumbai tour on Tuesday. The unplanned journey has so far taken him through the roads of Germany, Denmark, Italy, Scandinavia, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Iran and India. As of today, a little more than 700 people from about 40 countries have come forward to help him out. He is currently on a mission to reach Bangladesh.

 

Even as he faced a bit of a hassle with his visa in India, Wiebe admits that the stay in Mumbai was smooth. He was lucky to meet a lady in Dubai who was kind enough to share her apartment in Andheri while she worked in London. During his stay here, he also met students from IIT-Mumbai, who build affordable “zero solar powered houses.” Currently on his way to Bangladesh, the Dutchman will now navigate his way through Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to finally reach Australia. Wiebe reveals he wouldn’t mind embarking on a road trip for the second time, if he had a chance to do it all over again — only because of the kindness of a few strangers.

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