What did you do this bank holiday? Chris Ramsey, from Plug In Adventures, smashed the World Record for the furthest distance travelled on an e-bike in a 12-hour period! Using a VOLT™ Pulse hybrid e-bike, he managed to nearly double the existing record, achieving 180.75 miles at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Breaking a record previously set in November 2016 by Prasad Erande in Maharashtra, India, of only 110.60 miles, Chris powered his way to the 180-mile feat on Sunday, 26 August. Under cloudy skies, the record-breaking ride was overseen by 6 independent witnesses / adjudicators and catalogued for entry into the record books.
Speaking of his achievement Chris shared: “I am absolutely elated to have smashed the world record on home soil! The UK is a hot-bed of sustainable technology, and to accomplish this feat on a British brand e-bike like VOLT makes the celebration all the sweeter. Their technology leading the way in e-bike innovation, it’s only a matter of time before I’m back to break my own record!”
The electric bike was on loan from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) Scotland, who offer free short-term trials on a small fleet of VOLT™ bikes.
An environmental campaigner and self-proclaimed adventurer, Chris founded Plug In Adventures to combine his passion for adventure and electric vehicles in a single, industry-leading brand.
Chris continued: “I’m not a keen cyclist, and, in completing the challenge on e-bike, I was able to demonstrate that even challenging routes and commutes are now within reach of the mass public. Normally people would shy away from a 10-mile cycle—now, that’s nothing on an e-bike.
“I hope what I have shown here today makes people see crazy endurance challenges and, instead of shying away, think, ‘Hey, maybe that’ll work for me. I can do that.’ It’ll be brilliant if seeing someone else accomplish these kinds of things will inspire their imagination and motivation much more than just reading about it would.
“My goal was to promote sustainable transport and demonstrate to the public that e-bike technology is far more advanced than public perception. People don’t realise how much electric bikes have advanced over the years.
“On an e-bike, people can follow the bus links, cruise past traffic, and avoid wasting fuel and sitting at traffic lights.”
His record follows numerous feats in the interest of promoting sustainable transport. In November 2017, Chris and his wife Julie were the first people to complete the Mongol Rally in an electric car, helping to promote electric vehicles and contribute to a reduced carbon footprint.