The BBC will attempt to cover 4000 miles across Europe in a Think City electric car to investigate the “technology, infrastructure and political will behind the growth of EV culture”.
The documentary, BBC Electric Ride, will be broadcast on Radio 4 from 19 June and will see a team of four start the trip from London this week.
From London, the team will travel to Denmark via Harwich and then onto Norway, then onto Sweden, Austria, Germany, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal before returning to London in early July.
Richard Canny, Think’s CEO said he wanted the trip to “prove that an EV can be just as versatile as a conventional car, but at the same time much more cost effective, efficient and friendly to the environment”.
The documentary’s senior producer, Ken Dawson, said: “The basic premise of our show is extremely simple – we want to look at the emergence of electric cars as a dawning reality.
“By embarking on an ambitious journey like this one, we will be able to share with our listeners the picture across Western Europe. We’ll be investigating the technology, infrastructure and political will behind the growth of EV culture.”