Citroen’s C-Zero has become the first standard electric car to drive around the world. Driven on an ‘Electric Odyssey’ by a two-man team comprising engineers Xavier Degon (27) and Antonin Guy (28), the battery-powered vehicle successfully navigated 17 countries to cover 25,000km, or 15,500 miles, over an eight month period on just €250/£202 of electricity.
Xavier and Antonin started their Electric Odyssey on Saturday 11 February 2012, setting off from Strasbourg and driving across Europe, North America, Japan, South East Asia, China and Russia, before re-entering Europe and finishing back in Strasbourg.
Helping the pair along the way was the generosity of each country as members of the public donated their plug sockets to give the C-Zero its daily charge. People who offered electricity to charge the C-Zero became affectionately known as ‘Pluggers’.
The tour aimed to promote the image of electric vehicles to the greater public as a practical, environmentally considerate mode of transport that can meet daily driver requirements, whilst at the same time exceeding the expectations of what an electric powertrain can accomplish.
Beyond the technological challenge, the journey was also a human adventure, giving Xavier and Antonin the opportunity to meet, connect with and unite people from right across the world, experiencing kindness and generosity right throughout their travels.
To find out more about the Electric Odyssey with Citroen C-Zero and see full details of the driving route and the experience of the drivers, visit: www.electric-odyssey.com.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]