Advertisement

Long-Distance Electric-Car Trip: Two French Guys, One i-MiEV

Follow Antony

Electric Odyssey: Citroen C-Zero around the world

Electric Odyssey: Citroen C-Zero around the world

Enlarge Photo

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard"

So said President John F. Kennedy in 1962, and only seven years later humankind had set foot on the moon.

It's a metaphor for human progress, and it's the reason that two French drivers, Xavier and Antonin, are embarking upon their Electric Odyssey around the world not in something big, comfy and all-terrain, but a Citroen C-Zero electric car - otherwise known as the Mitsubishi i.

Unlike the Mitsubishi i now sold in the U.S, the C-Zero is based on the European and Japanese-market Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which lacks some of the extra features granted to the U.S-market version, such as a wider body and more comfort and convenience features inside. The car is also sold in Europe by Citroen's partner, Peugeot.

Of course, the other motive for setting off around the world in a small electric car is to dispel the myth that the vehicles are unsuitable for longer journeys. Another motive might be, quite simply, because it's fun.

The team is relying on the good nature of people along the route, known as "Pluggers", who allow them to charge the Citroen at their homes as they drive across each country.

Xavier and Antonin will be crossing the U.S. as you read this (the team's map shows them in Chicago right now), and hope to reach California on April 13, where they'll hold a conference in Palo Alto.

The journey is expected to take 8 months, visit 17 countries, take in just over 15,500 miles of scenery and cost around $330 in electricity, at current exchange rates.

Want to be a "Plugger" and help the duo on their way around the world? Well if you see your city on the team's map (linked above) then you can "Like" the journey on Facebook and offer your assistance.

We wish the team good luck on their global journey. It may not be easy, but the challenge will be worth it.

+++++++++++

Follow GreenCarReports on Facebook and Twitter.

Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comments (3)
  1. $330.00 in electricity for an eight month scenic vacation trip, damn, that's not bad. I could pay that with one months electric bill. It looks like electric cars are going to be bringing back our affordable vacations and happy times. I can see the happy times now; the car is so quite that the kids sleep all the way to the lake and I don't hear one single,"Are we there yet!", they scream in that tenor voice.
     
    Post Reply
    +1
    Bad stuff?

  2. Two French Guys, One i-MiEV, and Lots of Help!

    "The team is relying on the good nature of people along the route, known as "Pluggers", who allow them to charge the Citroen at their homes as they drive across each country."

    What's the POINT???!!!

    [hit the snooze button]

    Peace
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  3. wow, i paid $360 for a mere 14,000 miles in my Leaf. i guess the MiEV is more efficient
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement
Advertisement

Find Green Cars

Go!

Advertisement

 
© 2014 Green Car Reports. All Rights Reserved. Green Car Reports is published by High Gear Media. Send us feedback. Stock photography by izmo, Inc.