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Riding team plans longest-ever electric motorcycle expedition

A team of three determined travellers are planning to undertake the longest ever expedition using electrically powered motorcycles. JC Davis, Greg Smith, and Danell Lynn are hoping to ride from Prudhoe Bay in the frozen northern tundra of Alaska all the way to the southernmost reaches of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina.

Expedition members in Alaska 2016

Expedition Electric 2016. From left: J.C. Davis, Danell Lynn, Szasz Kg, Greg Smith and Mark Hall. Image by: Expedition Electric

The Expedition Electric team, two men and one woman, will travel 25,000 miles through fifteen different countries using custom-built electric motorcycles. It will be their second attempt at the trip after a first attempt ended because of technical difficulties in 2016. “After we’d made it down through Alaska, through the Yukon, and were on our way into British Columbia, we had a battery failure,” explained JC Davis.

The expedition was derailed … but only temporarily. Now, they instead hope to restart their north-south voyage late this year or early in 2019. JC Davis said: “Part of what we want to show is that we can do it even though we had a failure with the first bike. It wasn’t technology’s fault that the trip failed.

“We want to be able to highlight green technology as we go and show its possibilities. So many people out there are either misinformed or just don’t know enough about [electric vehicles].”

Expedition Electric takes to the highway

Lynn, Smith and Davis on the open road 2016. Image by: Expedition Electric

On their original trip, they were travelling around 120 miles a day and they hope to far exceed that range the next time around. They are looking to tie in with a TV production company, who might be interested in charting the trip along the Pan-American Highway.

JC Davis said: “When we get back on the road, we will go to Prudhoe Bay and make our way south from there and probably with an eight to eleven-person crew.

“Hopefully, that will be with new bikes, and we are currently talking to battery and solar companies. We would like to be able to use solar power to charge the bikes but that will require a fair amount of energy.

Get out on the highway

Out on the open road in 2016. Image by: Expedition Electric

“If the funding shows up, we will go this year and what I’ve said to everybody is we are probably looking to start again early in 2019.

“Once we get going and get that momentum, we want to ship over to Africa and do the same there, and then in Europe. Phase Three would probably be across Asia.”

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