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2 Electric Car Teams Racing Around the World

Ah, races around the world — so much fun. I have to admit, I’m a sucker for around-the-world stories, ever since Around the World in Eighty Days. From what I hear, two electric car teams are in competition to become the first to circle the world only powered by electricity. Here’s the story from Chris DeMorro of sister site Gas2 (enough Friday Fun for you yet?):

The older I get, the more I subscribe to certain truisms, and it seems to me that truth really is stranger than fiction. Over a hundred years ago, Jules Verne penned “Around The World In 80 Days”, a story about a wager to travel the width of the world in the ascribed amount of time. Electric car lovers are a nerdy bunch by nature, and a legit electric car race around the world is happening right now as two teams compete to be the to drive around the globe on pure electricity.

In September, Rafael de Mestre announced to the world that he would be making a trip around the world in his Tesla Roadster in 80 days or less. His journey began almost 3 months after a team of two young French engineers, Xavier Degon and Antonin Guy left in a Citroen C-Zero EV. The C-Zero is a French version of the Mitsubishi i, which gives it a realistic range of between 50 and 60 miles. The Tesla Roadster can go upwards of 200 miles per charge. See where this is going?
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