George's electrifying mission
GLEN George is a man on a mission.
The former solar power manufacturer aims to be the first person to circumnavigate Australia in an electric car in an effort to raise awareness of renewable energy.
Mr George, who was in Mackay yesterday, set off from Perth on August 21, and if everything goes according to plan he should make it back on November 13.
With the Guinness World Book of Records keeping a close eye on George's progress, he is trying to keep his carbon count as low as possible.
Mr George said that he has always been interested in environmentally friendly technology.
"I worked in the renewable energy business for 30 years, so it's something that has always interested me. Getting renewable energy media attention is very important to me."
The car he is travelling in, a 1950s MG racer, has been completely rebuilt by George himself, and now runs on electricity that is powered by rechargeable lithium batteries.
Mr George said although he had not originally had that model of car in mind, he was happy with how it had turned out.
"I was actually hoping to get a Ferrari at first, but I couldn't find one that was suitable and they were all too expensive, but then I found this car and it's turned out great."
After leaving Bowen yesterday morning, Mr George arrived in Mackay at about lunchtime, where he asked Mayor Col Meng, to sign his log book.
Mr George said that he was thoroughly enjoying travelling in the electric car because of it open top roof and quiet engine.
"I get to hear the birds singing and feel the wind in my face. I would highly recommend it to anyone."
The car's name is 'Lectric'
It cost $25,000 to rebuild
Runs on 45 Lithium ion batteries
It takes nine hours to fully recharge
An approximate range of 110km
Costs about 2 cents per km