WAVE Trophy 2016 Is the Electric Equivalent of Gumball 3000

If range anxiety is still a thing for electric vehicles and particularly their owners, then the WAVE Trophy 2016 is going to be a very anxious place, because it’s going to bring together hundreds of EVs.
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The general public still regards electric cars as the sort of vehicles you use around town or on very short distances. Tesla is trying to change that perception with its considerably longer range, but it still can’t compare to a car with an internal combustion engine. And to add insult to injury, once the batteries are depleted, they also take a lot longer to recharge.

But we already know all this, and yet we still love EVs. There’s something about their almost complete silence and the power delivery that prevents you from remaining indifferent to their existence. But for some, it’s more than just “not being indifferent.” It’s a way of life.

This year’s WAVE (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) Trophy is already the sixth edition of this event that aims to draw people’s attention to the more sustainable forms of personal transportation. As you might recall, last year there were 577 electric vehicles gathered in one place that took part in a parade ahead of the Berlin Formula-E stage, setting a new world record at the time. Obviously, the organizers expect even more people to join them this year on the 1,800-kilometer long journey that will take them through three countries during eight days.

Any electric car is welcome to take part, and if you don’t own one but would still like to participate, there’s always the option of renting one. Various vehicles are expected to attend ranging from Tesla to Citroën, BMW, Nissan or Volkswagen. The WAVE Trophy 2016 will start on June 10 and end eight days later, on June 18, taking the participants from Germany through France and ending in Switzerland.

We can’t really imagine the logistics behind such an event, as finding charging stations for so many EVs must be a nightmare. Anyway, I’d like to see them do this in other parts of the world, and I’m not talking Africa or the North Pole. No, just a thousand or so miles to the East and they’d enter the former communist countries where finding a public charging station is more difficult than spotting Nessie.

The founder of WAVE Trophy is Louis Palmer, holder of the UN Environmental Programme “Champion of the Earth Award” for driving two times around the world in solar-powered vehicles. Asked about the WAVE 2016, this is what he had to say: “After the signing Paris Climate Change agreement we feel it is not enough to inspire. So through the WAVE international electric vehicle trophy and school’s initiative we are acting. We urge society and leaders to be part of the needed change - now it's time for action, before it's too late.”

If you want to find out more about WAVE 2016, you can do so on the official website here. Alternatively, there is also a blog, a YouTube channel and a Twitter account.
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