Wiebe Wakker set off on his journey on March 15, 2016 from Amsterdam; some 827 days later, on May 30th, 2018, he reached Darwin, Australia. He made the journey in an electric car. He also made the journey without taking any money with him; instead he relied on donations. His vehicle of choice was a retrofitted electric station wagon. The vehicle was equipped with a 37-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery, which was able to give his wagon a range of some 200 kilometers. The car is affectionately called ‘Blue Bandit’. Wakker, aged 31, put out messages in social media and crowdfunding to help him reach Australia. This was deliberate, so that his project, which he dubbed ‘Plug Me In’, would be a collaborative one. He accepted donations for things like meals and accommodation via his website – plugmeinproject.com.
In a statement sent o Digital Journal, Wakker said: “I am super excited that I have finally reached Australia. It has taken quite some time as I encountered strong setbacks during the journey. The charger exploded in India which needed to be repaired and later in Indonesia water came into the battery pack.” This isn’t the end of Wakker’s journey, however. The Dutch man plans to carry on to Sydney.