Kimba’s electric visitor

TRAVELLER: Wiebe Wakker stops in Kimba, two years into his long drive from the Netherlands to Sydney. Picture: Toni Scott.
TRAVELLER: Wiebe Wakker stops in Kimba, two years into his long drive from the Netherlands to Sydney. Picture: Toni Scott.

Kimba had an unexpected visitor in a bright blue car last week.

Wiebe Wakker has driven across the world from his home in the Netherlands, with the plan to drive across the country to finish his trip in Sydney.

It is a trip that has taken over 900 days since his departure from Holland in 2016.

He has done the entire trip in the ‘Blue Bandit;’ an electric car, bringing no money with him and relying on the generosity of others to get by.

Over a thousand people from countries across the world have offered their homes and donations after hearing about his trip online.

Mr Wakker reached the top of Australia at the end of May and has spent the past few months travelling along the coast of Western Australia.

After crossing the Nullarbor, he stopped in Kimba to charge his car, sharing stories of his trip with locals along the way.

He also enjoyed posing at the ‘Halfway across Australia’ sign.

The aim of the road trip is to promote sustainability, as well as seeing the world in a way most people would not be able to afford.

Mr Wakker is also hoping to improve the perception of electric cars, which he believes are unfairly viewed as unreliable and are important for the future of driving.

With a few breakdowns along the way, he has managed to drive through over 30 countries, including Iran, India, Indonesia and even the United Arab Emirates.

He told Kimba locals a few stories about his challenges along the way, including a three month break in Indonesia after water damaged the car battery.

Australia poses a whole new challenge for his vehicle, which has a range of around 200 kilometres.

He has found it difficult to find hosts in the small towns he has visited, and has relied on the generosity of people he has met by chance, as well as the expertise of Australian electric vehicle drivers.

Mr Wakker is now heading back to the Northern Territory to see Uluru, before heading east towards his final destination.

He is documenting his trip on his website; plugmeinproject.com as well as on social media.