Two Australian adventurers have embarked upon a bold mission to drive from the Arctic Circle to the southernmost tip of Argentina, in an all-electric, solar-powered van powered solely by renewable energy harvested from the sun, wind and water.
It’s a dream that is not for the faint-hearted, traversing some of the planet’s most extreme conditions, in an eStar camper van that has been converted to allow its drivers to charge not only with renewable electricity, but with also power from the sun.
One of those drivers is Keegan Taccori, from Wollongong, who has joined forces with Joel Gregory Hayes, who hails from the Gold Coast and is the instigator of the aptly named “Route del Sol” project.
Their hope is to use the journey to help educate and inspire others about what can be done about climate change and its related issues, through talks along the way and ultimately, they hope, a full length documentary.
“Being eternally frustrated with the miss-information surrounding the many ecological issues we’re facing and with his head in the sand, [Hayes] thought he’d try run at it all from a different angle. And have a lot of fun doing it! Thus began Route Del Sol.
“Being a huge advocate for spontaneous adventures it seemed only right to just throw everything he had at it, and once I heard about the idea through a posting online I jumped on board,” says Taccori.
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Bridie Schmidt is staff writer for www.TheDriven.io, and RenewEconomy.com.au. She specialises in writing about new technology, as well as using her technical skills in managing our websites.