Amidst the hoopla of the Shanghai World Expo, a little car left on a big journey to Paris running solely on electricity.
The Venturi Global Challenge: Shanghai to Paris is a 8,330-mile drive through eight countries in a Citroen Berlingo electrified by Venturi. They’re the same folks behind the Fetish electric car. The Berlingo is identical to the EVs headed for La Poste, the French postal service though it has extra batteries to boost its range to 250 miles.
Xavier Chevrin and Géraldine Gabin (that’s them in the photo) are the intrepid travelers at the wheel, and so far they’ve made it to the Chinese city of Wuxi. Their last adventure was riding an electric scooter from Kazakhstan to Paris, so the Berlingo will feel like an RV by comparison.
Chevrin and Gabin departed from the Monaco Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo on May 3 after a series of roundtable discussions and a video address from Prince Albert II of Monaco, whose foundation is supporting the challenge.
From Wuxi, Berlingo heads for Nankin and then Hefei. Want to follow their adventure? Check out their blog or watch their progress on Google Maps.
The journey is part of a series of “global challenges” by Venturi to showcase its technology. The first “mission” occurred at Bonneville Salt Flats when a car built by Ohio State students set the land speed record for a fuel-cell electric vehicle.
Photo: Venturi Global Challenge