WATCH | The guy who went around the world in 80 days on an electric motorbike

2019-10-21 04:50 - Gabi Zietsman
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A hundred years ago, travelling around the world in 80 days was a staggering feat, popularised by writer Jules Verne.

Today, you could travel to the other side of the world in less than a day, but it normally involves guzzling a lot of fossil fuels.

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A group of university students however took Verne's timeline and wondered if you could do it electricity - perhaps even an electric motorbike?

STORM Eindhoven did just that in 2016, taking two years to build a motorbike and redesigning batteries that could do 400kms on one charge, then embarking on a whirlwind trip starting and ending in their hometown of Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Traveller24 sat down with Bas Verkaik - spokesperson for the team - while he gave a talk at the SingulairtyU South Africa Summit about the trip, their technology and showing off the actual bike to attendants. Since graduating, he co-founded the company SPIKE Technologies which aims to keep on redeveloping and designing batteries that will make electric vehicles even more viable.

And while they've already started collaborating with a Kenyan company on another prototype for mass production, the long-distance electric bike might just become the next best way to see the country without killing the planet. 

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