1st Canadian team to take part in worlds biggest electric vehicle rally to promote sustainable transport

A Quebec couple will be the first Canadian team to take part in the WAVE Trophy electric vehicle (EV) Rally, the worlds largest EV rally.  They will joint up with many electric car enthusiasts from all over the world who will take part in WAVE Trophy EV Rally 2016. The rally will start in Germany and travel over 1,600 kilometres through three countries in central Europe.

In 2016 WAVE Trophy starts on June 11th in Bremerhaven (Northern Germany) and travels down to Alsace, France.  Participants will visit, engage with and learn about many sustainable / e-mobility companies along the route. The convoy will stop at the United Nations in Geneva and finish near Basel, Switzerland on 18 June 2016. On the way the participants will stop in many cities using the WAVE gathering to raise awareness of green transport and promote sustainable living.  It is also an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about electric vehicles, to network and socialise.

In addition WAVE education project is getting school students from around the world to write pledge cards with a commitment to reduce their CO2 emissions.  These are being collected by local EVs. From there they are sent / delivered to WAVE in Switzerland. At the end of the WAVE Rally they will be presented to the UN in Geneva as a single card - this will also be a world record attempt. The object of this project is to raise the awareness of these students to the problems of climate change and pollution, they were brought to realise that, as the future generation, they have a big role and can help our environment.

EV enthusiasts Christine Théwissen and André LeBlanc from Gatineau, Quebec have always been very environmentally conscious and have raised their son and daughter to respect and appreciate the environment - 22 and 24. Christine is a Primary School Teacher and André is a Database Administrator. Speaking about their involvement in the WAVE Trophy Christine said "Driving a gas car always bothered us because of the pollution it created.  We bought a hybrid in 2010 and we’re amazed when the electric motor kicked in. In 2014, we made the leap to our first electric car and  we have never loved a vehicle so much and will never go back to gas! When an article on the WAVE Trophy we jumped on it right away.  We believe it will be an incredible journey where we are able to share our passion and our dream for a better world while making new friends from around the world.

Louis Palmer, founder of WAVE Trophy, holder of the UN Environmental Programme “Champion of the Earth Award“ for driving two times around the world in solar powered vehicles.

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