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Africa: Mission Africa sends electric Citroen Berlingo from Kenya to South Africa

Venturi does more than create whimsical concept vehicles for auto shows. The company also supports electric vehicles going on long-distance adventures, like from Shanghai to Paris. The latest mission sends an EV along 4,800 kilometres (2,982 miles) from Kenya to South Africa. The trip started last month and the car already has 3,500 km (2,174 mi) under its tires. Venturi says the trip represents “a fabulous human and technological adventure in the interest of sustainable development.”

To that end, driver Xavier Chevrin is doing public demonstrations with his “Powered by Venturi” electric Citroen Berlingo along the way. He’s also doing press conferences and “endless explanations” to share EV technology and the ideas behind this kind of sustainable mobility across Africa. It’s important to make friends with these lessons, since Chevrin didn’t do any route planning to make sure he can get from outlet to outlet. As Venturi says, “the batteries will be recharged on the spot, depending on encounters with local inhabitants. As the production of electricity is largely of hydraulic origin at this time of year and in this part of Africa, the adventure will be, as much as possible, ‘zero emission.'” It’s bold plan – Venture says that 65 percent of Africans still do not have access to electricity – that is sure to draw attention to both electric drive technology and the complications of using it in a place that just isn’t outfitted with a comprehensive grid.

Interested in learning more? We’ve embedded a few videos below and you can find the full flotilla on Venturi’s YouTube channel. Also, check out the press release and see the Mission Africa website.


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