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

“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.



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