From : The Livingstone Weekly

By : Gill Staden

3 June 2012

Electric vehicles do not cause pollution and are quiet as the motor along; they are also much cheaper to run. More and more they are being used in Europe as a preferred  means of transport.  Now, Peter Gilruth has brought one to Livingstone on his trip between Nairobi and Johannesburg.  The journey started on 11 May. There will be a press conference on Monday:

 VENTURI MISSION AFRICA

 5,500 KM IN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE, WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE, FOR THE FIRST TIME ON ROADS AND TRAILS IN AFRICA, BETWEEN KENYA AND SOUTH AFRICA.

 NOW  IN LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

3500 km covered and 16 recharges !

 PRESS CONFERENCE ZigZag Restaurant

Monday, June 4th at 18.00 hrs

  THE MISSION

“Mission Africa”, new challenge to be taken up by the electric vehicle manufacturer VENTURI, is a journey in Africa in an electric vehicle without any assistance on roads and trails in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.

This is in total 5,500 kilometers representing a fabulous human and technological adventure in the interest of sustainable development.

Backed by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, this challenge is an official part of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. Launched in 2012, the goal of this United Nations initiative is to make as many people as possible aware of the importance of access to “clean” energy for all as a vector for human, social and economic development.

THE DRIVER

Xavier Chevrin is a French teacher of English who has become over the years an eco-explorer and a specialist in long trips in electric vehicles such as the previous Venturi challenge « Shanghai to Paris » (record distance of 13,400 km).

“The successful completion of such a journey depends not only on incredible performances from a machine, but also the people you meet throughout the entire trip. Without any back-up or pre-planned stopovers, you have to rely on chance encounters, hoping to progress each day from one point to the next”.

For  another  demonstration  in good light, come and see the car outside the Civic

Centre on Tuesday 5th  June  2012 between 10:00  and 11:00  hours.

 For more information contact Clare on 0977446080.