Overland Travel to Remote Destinations with Electric Vehicles
An electric vehicle, also called an EV, uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. An electric vehicle may be powered through a collector system by electricity from off-vehicle sources, or maybe self-contained with a battery, solar panels or an electric generator to convert fuel to electricity. (Wikipedia)
Overlanding is self-reliant travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport, where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years), and spanning international borders. (Wikipedia)
It’s about exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures. The goal is to see and learn about our world, whether on a weekend trip 100 miles from home or a 10,000-mile expedition across another continent. (Expedition Portal)
We think electric vehicles and overlanding perfectly complement each other. Exploring the world in a sustainable way will ultimately extend the horizon and reduce boundaries.
In addition, it could bring back the spirit of adventure experienced by past explorers:
There are so many routes and tracks out there that have been done to death by modern 4x4s — to the point where they aren’t even all that challenging anymore — but they’ve yet to be graced by an EV. (ChasingOurTrunks on Overland Bound Forum)
We believe …
- that man-made climate change exists and will have consequences for future generations.
- that everyone can help and has the obligatory (within his personal constraints) to protect our world.
- that science and technology can help to make the world a better place.
- in open-mindedness and are convinced that traveling stimulates this.
We don’t believe …
- in racism and nationalism.
- in binary thinking (the world is colorful and not just black and white).
- in closed borders.
- that overlanding with combustion engines or flying is bad (but using EVs is better).
Founder of EV OVERLANDING.
Born in Berlin, he spent his childhood exploring together with his parents nearly all countries of Europe in a VW T2 Microbus. Most of the time by wild camping in remote places. Each year he was traveling for about ten weeks since the age of two.
When he started planning his own trips he decided to explore the wild places outside of Europe on long-distance trips by plane. At the age of seventeen, he traveled alone two months around the U.S.. As a student, he spent three months in the rainforests of Costa Rica. In the last fifteen years, he explored together with Kerstin and Linnéa iconic wild places like Patagonia, Tasmania, Namibia, Iceland, New Zealand, and many more.
He is an experienced landscape photographer and has documented his trips on his website wild-places.com.
In addition to being an avid traveler and photographer, he has a Ph.D. in automotive engineering and more than twenty years of professional experience in the automotive industry.
Recently he went back to his roots and started his own overlanding trips by car with the vision of reducing the carbon footprint by using electric vehicles.
On EV OVERLANDING he can perfectly combine his traveling experience with his extensive knowledge about automotive technology.
As a child, she did several overlanding trips with her family around the U.S.. After an education in advertising management and a university degree in German philology, she started a career in the automotive industry with now twenty years of experience in sales and marketing.
Kerstin has joined Boris on most of the trips around the world, including the three months stay in Costa Rica, and is a co-author on EV OVERLANDING with focus on trip reports.
Boris and Kerstin passed their passion for traveling on to their daughter Linnéa. She joined them on most of their trips and at the age of five, she had already traveled to twelve countries including New Zealand, Thailand, Marocco, and Iceland.
Her main interests besides traveling are filmmaking and politics. She is a co-author on EV OVERLANDING with focus on filming and trip reports. Currently, she is in high school preparing for her university-entrance diploma.