THE Lexie Alford (@LexieLimitless)explorer and creator of travel content, which she is today the youngest person to have visited every country on the planet, started in early September on an epic road trip around the world with the new, all-electric Ford Explorer.
Starting with Nice of Francefrom which the Aloha Wanderwell when she became the first woman to accomplish such a feat a century ago with Ford cars, Lexie Alford set her sights on to travel to six continents and more than 30 countries in order to highlight the top capabilities of the new Ford Explorer, but also to prove exactly what it is possible to carry out with an electric vehicle. For Lexie, this trip is also a first-class one chance to make history and become the first person to drive around the world in an electric car.
Expressing the can-do spirit at its best, Lexie’s new Ford Explorer is one original pre-production model, no special modificationsand at the same time a vehicle that will keep the young explorer on this journey connected, comfortable and ready to face any challenge.
On the European leg of the journey entitled Charge Around The GlobeLexie Alford and Ford’s electric crossover crossed 10 countries in totalgoing through more than 5,000 kilometers. Enjoying her ice cream at Milan of Italy, watching the amazing sunsets in Slovenia and exploring the beautiful Zagreb in Croatia, Lexie then arrived in Athena and drove the new Ford Explorer to streets of the Athenian Rivieras, while at the same time he had the unique opportunity to visit the Ford booth which was hosted at the exhibition “Automotive & Electromobility 2023” where and spoke to members of the press about the challenges of her journey. Read on her Car and Driver interview.
All of this was just a small taste of what was to come, as Lexie found herself next in late October in South Africa, continuing her journey across a continent that put her and her Explorer to new, demanding tests. Arriving at Cape TownLexie made a brief stop at the beach Muizenberg meeting with non-profit organization officials Waves For Change and its co-founder, Apish Tshetsha. There, the protagonist of Ford’s epic journey had the unique opportunity to get to know the people who use it up close surfing to provide targeted mental health services to children and under-resourced communities.
The trip to South Africa included Lexie visiting the Black Mambasa unit in particular trained female rangers which patrol an area with a total area of 20,000 hectares in the nature reserve Balulewhich is part of it Greater Kruger National Parkwith the sole aim of curbing poaching – which appears to have decreased by 63% since the formation of the unit in 2013 to date.
After the more than 7,000 electric kilometers behind the wheel of the new Ford Explorer, Lexie continued her journey across the African continent in early November arriving in Zimbabwe. The journey from Hoedspruit in South Africaup to the border crossing Beitbridgehad as its main feature the heavy rains, with Ford’s ‘Explorer’ covering a distance of 437 kilometers on a single charge. The African leg of Lexie’s attempt to circumnavigate the world in an electric vehicle is complete 327 kilometers further northin the capital of Zimbabwe, Cheer up. Here Lexie Alford had the opportunity to meet her Venensia Mukarati who together with her daughter Tino manages the 160 Hydro Farma hydroponics unit that allows crops to grow without soil, using up to 90% less water – especially important for a country that has been severely affected by drought in the past.
After the more than 8,000 kilometers and 46 days on the roadLexie and the new Ford Explorer headed for the third continent in a row: the Oceania.
The journey started from Adelaidewith the vast size of the country becoming apparent from the very first a journey of almost seven hours until Warrnamboolon the way to Lexie and the new Ford Explorer Melbourne. Passing by the picturesque and famous Great Ocean Road before reaching its capital of VictoriaLexie harnessed her adventurous nature to explore the region’s unique flavors, then headed northeast toward the Sydneyafter one more stop in the city Albury.
At this particular time of year the whales migrate along this coast towards the Southern Ocean. There, Lexie was able to meet the marine biologist Dr. Vanessa Pirotta (or Dr V as she likes to be called) who invited her to see the innovative way she has adopted for collecting whale ‘snout’ using drones which hover over the water as the latter come up for air. As the whales eject their characteristic jet of water, these drones collect the ‘snout’, which they then analyze to check the health of these unique mammals, thus helping to conserve them.
On her last morning in Sydney, Lexie headed to famous Bondi Beach to learn from locals what they love about Australia, their favorite foods and even their local dialect. The next destination was the Byron Baywhile in the following days the Noosa Heads and then the Gladstone, Mackay, Airlie Beach, Townsville and end it Cairnsin which a demanding driving cycle in the country with a total length of more than 4,000 kilometers was completed.
Lexie and the all-electric Ford Explorer headed in early December to fourth continent, Asia, where they are currently. The journey started from New Delhi, India and will be completed in Singapore with Ford’s modern “Explorer” passing, based on existing programming, from Bhutanthe Vietnamthe Cambodiathe Thailand and Malaysia.
Going through them chaotic streets of New Delhi, Lexie’s first stop was at Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib Modern Kitchen. Inside this incredible band with the feature golden dome of the temple is a huge hall where every visitor is welcome to sit on the floor to enjoy a free meal prepared and served by volunteers. The venue is accessible all day, every day of the year and can offer free meals to more than 35,000 people in a single 24 hours.
Having finished her meal, Lexie returned to her Explorer heading south. And specifically, in Agra and to India’s most recognizable landmark: the Taj Mahal. The majestic building, which was created 365 years ago as a burial place for the beloved wife of the fifth emperor of Mughal, Shah Jahangave the young explorer much-needed time for a few moments of reflection before continuing her journey to India.
Heading east, Lexie Alford and her all-electric companion, the new Ford Explorer, then cruised through the cities Lucknow, Varanasi and Patnain the area Bihar. From here they followed its flow river Ganges with the direction of Bhaglapurcalled upon there to “charge” the car’s lithium-ion battery into a supply of electricity with power of only 2.2 kW. The final destination of the trip to India was the city Shiligurifrom where Lexie Alford departed the next day bound for the Bhutan.
And Charge Around The Globe trip goes on!
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