As someone who has driven through Canada before, I can attest that the team could not have found a more beautiful and naturally challenging environment to push their E-Beetle to the limits. Due to the country’s wide-ranging array of terrains, any normal road trip would need careful planning, and this is even more true for the E-Beetle. As such, the trip has been planned with places to charge the car decided beforehand.
So far, the team has made it up to the summit of the steep Coquihalla Highway, so if you’re a Canadian Inhabitat reader, be sure to check out their progress and if you see them, wish them luck. The team is keeping a blog of their progress, which can be read here.
The Volkswagen Beetle has been the unofficial icon of the University of B.C.’s engineering department for almost 30 years, and the iconic car has been utilized in a series of pranks. Previously, the car has been planted in Lost Lagoon, hung from the university’s Ladner Clock Tower and the Lions Gate Bridge, placed in the George Massey Tunnel (the PNE’s roller coaster), and left on San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge.