After two months of travel, a bright orange Citroen Berlingo arrived in Paris after making a 8,400 mile trip from Shanghai powered by electric batteries. Two teachers -- Xavier Chevrin and Geraldine Gabin -- came up with the idea of the Shanghai-Paris trip. They were looking for a unique adventure that would not rely upon gasoline.

The adventurous pair was always able to charge the Citroen Berlingo electric van -- developed by Venturi Automobiles of Monaco -- but finding the right voltage for a quick, 6-7 hour charge was a challenge in Western China and Kazakhstan.