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Electric Drive Around The World Ends In Collision

Submitted by on September 3, 2012 – 3:53 pmNo Comment

A Spanish entrepraneur’s attempt to become the first man to circumnavigate the globe in a regular electric car has been brought to an end, just miles from the finish line. Rafael de Mestre, piloting a Tesla Roadster, was involved in a collision in Linz, Austria, putting his car completely out of commission.

De Mestre was just days from finishing an 80-day trek of the globe. He has confirmed on Facebook that he was not harmed in the accident.

De Mestre was competing for the record (and prestige) with a French team in a Citroen C-Zero, who had scheduled eight months for the trip.

Electric vehicles have circumnavigated the globe before, but past vehicles have all been specially modified; both vehicles in the current competition are normal, mass-produced automobiles.

[via Engadget]

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