Electric Powered Van Begins 5,000Km Trans-Africa Trip image

An electric van, aimed at showcasing the vehicles’ endurance and promote green energy use, was launched in a trip to cross eastern and southern Africa.

“We want to break the cliches of electric-powered vehicles,” said driver Xavier Chevrin, speaking at the expedition launch in the Kenyan capital, at the offices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which is backing the trip.

The vehicle began its 5,000-kilometre trip on Friday, May 11th, heading towards south to Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, ending its journey in Johannesburg in late June. This is the first time when such a trip is undergone by an electric vehicle, aiming at showing that electric cars can travel long distances and are not suited only for cities.

“It is being deliberately exposed to these difficult conditions in order to prove the reliability, robustness and endurance of the car”, a statement from the expedition read.

The Citroen Berlingo van is features an electric motor made by Venturi and it is the same used by La Poste, the French postal service. The car can reach 500 kilometers on a single charge, with three batteries, two more than usual.