Electric Car Takes Two On Trip Around World

The journey took almost a year to complete, but Moto Mundo recently announced that a two team person team has completed an around the world adventure in an all-electric Qashqai car from Denmark-based manufacture AfutureEV.

It lasted 10 months and over 18,600 miles, but the trek from Denmark heading east through Russia, into China, the United States, across Spain, and finally back in Copenhagen, seemed to be worth the effort by Nina Rasmussen and Hjalte Tin to reportedly become the first people on the planet to accomplish such a thing.

image via Moto Mundo

The car was all-alone in its journey, having to travel across the Gobi desert, a Russian summer, and an unusually harsh American winter, always searching for a place to charge. But there were highlights too, like competing in the electric vehicle race at the Monte Carlo Rally and exhibiting at the Detroit Auto Show and Auto Shanghai 2011.

The Qashqai Electric, based on a Nissan model, is a five-passenger, approximately 3,500 pound electric vehicle equipped with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery system that gives the car an average range of just over 120 miles on a full charge, and a top speed of 80 miles per hour.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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