After having successfully completed a pan-European tour in a Tesla Roadster last year, Spanish-born entrepreneur Rafael de Mestre, whom we met in June of 2011, has already begun a much more challenging ‘adventure’ – to traverse the globe in (insert Jules Verne reference here) 80 days.

The new trip commenced in Barcelona, and de Mestre is already in Tianjin, China, waiting for the toll procedure to finish, so that he can continue his journey by car, after having had it flown in from the US. His goal is to be the first person to take a standard, non-modified EV around the world successfully, and he intends to do so in 80 days. The main goal of his journey is to give people a chance to see a fun and interesting EV in action, as well as changing people's preconceived ideas about cars powered by electricity.

Joining him in his epic trip will be two Frenchmen driving a Citroen C-Zero (rebadged Mitsubishi iMiEV) who have gotten a head start, as they’re already making their way through Malaysia. We wish all adventurers good luck and we hope they complete their trips safely and successfully.

You can check out where Rafael and his Roadster are, via the official site.

By Andrei Nedelea