As a test of endurance and to promote electric vehicles in Africa, UNEP flagged off a Venturi-powered electric car and its driver Xavier Chevrin for a 4,800-kilometer trip from Nairobi to Johannesburg. The trip, which started on 10 May, will see Xavier drive from Kenya through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana into South Africa. The trip dubbed “Mission Africa 04 - from Mount Kilimanjaro to the Okavango Delta” is part of the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, and aims to demonstrate the reliability and energy efficiency of electric vehicles and also highlight the lack of electricity in many communities in Africa. The electric vehicle is identical to those which have been used by LA POSTE on an everyday basis in France and Monaco since 2010. The trip will take about one and half months and energy efficiency is the prime objective.
You can follow Mission Africa’s progress online at the following locations: