The Wind Explorer Completes an Epic 5,000 KM Journey

By: Meghan Young - Feb 18, 2011
References: wind-explorer & gizmag
What do you get when you put two Germans into the Wind Explorer? An epic, eco-conscious journey across Australia. Driving a lightweight electric car that was powered by electricity-generating wind turbines and kites alone, Television host Dirk Gion and engineer Stefan Simmerer have completed a worthy feat.

In the end, the Wind Explorer drove 5,000 km over 18 days. It achieved three world records: first time a continent was crossed by a wind-powered vehicle, longest overall distance completed and longest distance completed in 36 hours.