First-of-its-Kind Polar Exploration Vehicle To Be Test Driven to Telegraph Creek

John Crawford
03/04/2019

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and Prince Albert II of Monaco will be hitting the highway between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek this week, testing out a ground-breaking all-electric vehicle designed to withstand temperatures as low as minus 50 celsius.

The two, and Venturi Automobiles North America president Xavier Chevrin, will share "co-piloting" duties, as the Venturi Antarctica sets out on the 42-kilometre trek this Wednesday.

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It's billed as the first Electric Polar Exploration Vehicle -- and was officially presented at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco last November.

Two weeks ago, it was in Edmonton for its Canadian unveiling -- preparing to be transported to Dease Lake.

The highway into Telegraph Creek was chosen for its final test, as a way to symbolically complete a 1934 expedition from the Fairmont Hotel in Edmonton to the Tahltan village -- an expedition which was led by French millionaire businessman and adventurer Charles Bedaux.

That journey failed because of soggy conditons and steep terrain.

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