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The highlights of Peter Curran's epic 4,500 mile battery-powered journey through Europe, investigating the current state of electric car manufacturing and policy.

He visits cities which are wiring up charging stations and probing politicians about what they're doing to promote the electric cause.

Peter discovers that it's not always that easy to find a place to plug in the car, and there's a nail-biting episode in the Alps when he reaches the one hotel en route to the top - which has closed.

From Norway to the Coastal plains of Andalusia, it's a journey of highs, lows and tense moments amidst the roaring traffic on the German autobahns - which were not made for small electric cars with a top speed of around 50 mph.

Producer: Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

The highlights of Peter Curran's epic 4,500 mile battery-powered journey through Europe.

18/08/201020100821

The highlights of Peter Curran's epic 4,500 mile battery-powered journey through Europe.

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Peter Curran sets off on a bold 4500 mile trans-European journey in an electric car.

Visiting more than a dozen countries from Norway to Portugal, he meets major European motor manufacturers, gauges political will across the continent, attempts to drive over the alps and becomes multi-lingual in the phrase Where can I plug this in please?".

Peter begins by planning for his odyssey.

Is it really possible to do this? Many electric cars are in development - they will be on the market soon - but is the technology and infrastructure sufficient to enable a trip of this kind?

Peter chooses a car and a route, getting advice from those in the know.

He takes a look at plans for electric vehicles in the UK and gets tips on how to save that precious battery power.

Accompanied by environmental writer Richard Scrase, Peter says goodbye to his loved ones and sets off for the continent.

They want to be back in time to join the Brighton to London Eco-Rally on July 7th, but they have four weeks ahead of them, approximately 4500 miles and a wealth of extension leads and universal adaptors to get to grips with.

Producer: Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4."

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Peter Curran sets off on a bold 4,500 mile trans-European journey in an electric car.

Peter Curran is going on a bold, 4500 mile, trans-European journey in an electric car for BBC Radio 4.

En route, he will talk to all the major European carmakers to find out how close they are to getting their electric cars out on the road. He'll visit cities which are wiring up charging stations and ask politicians what they're doing to promote the electric cause.

Stopping off at manufacturing plants and research centres, Peter will hope that hotels and restaurants from Portugal to Norway allow him to plug the car in, and that the battery lasts long enough to get across Swiss mountains and the coastal plain of Andalusia.

By the end of the series he will have built up an impression of the state of electric car manufacturing and policy across the continent. His goal is to return to the UK in time to join the Brighton to London ECO-Rally, departing on July 7th.

Producer: Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Visiting more than a dozen countries from Norway to Portugal, he meets major European motor manufacturers, gauges political will across the continent, attempts to drive over the alps and becomes multi-lingual in the phrase Where can I plug this in please?".

Peter begins by planning for his odyssey.

Is it really possible to do this? Many electric cars are in development - they will be on the market soon - but is the technology and infrastructure sufficient to enable a trip of this kind?

Peter chooses a car and a route, getting advice from those in the know.

He takes a look at plans for electric vehicles in the UK and gets tips on how to save that precious battery power.

Accompanied by environmental writer Richard Scrase, Peter says goodbye to his loved ones and sets off for the continent.

They want to be back in time to join the Brighton to London Eco-Rally on July 7th, but they have four weeks ahead of them, approximately 4500 miles and a wealth of extension leads and universal adaptors to get to grips with.

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Peter Curran drives through Scandinavia, and visits a carbon neutral Danish island.

Peter Curran attempts a pioneering 4500 mile drive round Europe in a battery-powered electric car.

Peter travels through Denmark, Norway and Sweden, countries he finds to be very eco-friendly - though at this time of year also very rain-sodden.

He visits Samso, known as Denmark's Energy island and is invited to lead a 100 electric car convoy round Olso, one of the largest ever gatherings of electric cars.

Producer: Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Accompanied by environmental writer Richard Scrase, Peter has made it to Scandinavia.

He visits the carbon neutral Danish island of Samso, calls in on Norwegian manufacturer Th!nk, tries to achieve a world record for the largest convoy of electric vehicles and takes a carbon neutral boat trip around Copenhagen.

Meanwhile, the pressures of covering enough miles each day and finding places to plug-in start to take their toll.

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Accompanied by environmental writer Richard Scrase, Peter has made it to Scandinavia.

He visits the carbon neutral Danish island of Samso, calls in on Norwegian manufacturer Th!nk, tries to achieve a world record for the largest convoy of electric vehicles and takes a carbon neutral boat trip around Copenhagen.

Meanwhile, the pressures of covering enough miles each day and finding places to plug-in start to take their toll.

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Peter Curran continues his bold, 4500 mile, trans-European journey in an electric car.

This time, Peter drives through Germany, Austria and Italy. He visits major German and Italian motor manufacturers, looking at concept vehicles, and speaks to users of some of the new vehicles.

Travelling down through Europe in a limited amount of time will be a real challenge for Peter in his Electric City car, and the pressures continue to take their toll.

Accompanied by environmental writer Richard Scrase, Peter is aiming to be back in the UK in time to join the Brighton to London Eco-Rally on July 7th, but they will be travelling for four weeks - covering approximately 4500 miles - and have to come to terms with a wealth of extension leads and universal adaptors.

Producer: Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Peter Curran drives through Germany, Austria and Italy in an electric car.

This time, Peter drives through Germany, Austria and Italy.

He visits major German and Italian motor manufacturers, looking at concept vehicles, and speaks to users of some of the new vehicles.

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Peter Curran on his investigation of Europe's electrical car industry, reaching Germany.

Peter Curran continues his attempt to drive a battery powered car round Europe. This week, the autobahns of Germany and an uphill struggle over the Alps. En route he visits the huge Volkswagen plant and test drives a hydrogen car.

But Peter's main concern is finding enough places to charge up the battery, and at one point he ends up in a garden full of gnomes...

Producer: Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Peter Curran continues his bold, 4500 mile, trans-European journey in an electric car.

This time, Peter drives through Germany, Austria and Italy.

He visits major German and Italian motor manufacturers, looking at concept vehicles, and speaks to users of some of the new vehicles.

Travelling down through Europe in a limited amount of time will be a real challenge for Peter in his Electric City car, and the pressures continue to take their toll.

Accompanied by environmental writer Richard Scrase, Peter is aiming to be back in the UK in time to join the Brighton to London Eco-Rally on July 7th, but they will be travelling for four weeks - covering approximately 4500 miles - and have to come to terms with a wealth of extension leads and universal adaptors.

Peter Curran drives through Germany, Austria and Italy in an electric car.

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Peter Curran concludes his investigation of Europe's electrical car industry.

Peter Curran drives a battery car 4,500 miles round Europe on a pioneering journey. He talks to manufacturers about their progress with the production of electric cars.

En route he struggles to find enough power points to charge his battery.

Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, France, Spain and Europe - on his last leg he manages to arrive back in the UK to join the Brighton to London Eco-rally.

Produced by Dilly Barlow and Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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Peter Curran drives a battery car 4,500 miles round Europe on a pioneering journey.

He talks to manufacturers about their progress with the production of electric cars.

En route he struggles to find enough power points to charge his battery.

Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, France, Spain and Europe - on his last leg he manages to arrive back in the UK to join the Brighton to London Eco-rally.

Produced by Dilly Barlow and Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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Peter Curran drives a battery car 4,500 miles round Europe on a pioneering journey.

He talks to manufacturers about their progress with the production of electric cars.

En route he struggles to find enough power points to charge his battery.

Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, France, Spain and Europe - on his last leg he manages to arrive back in the UK to join the Brighton to London Eco-rally.

Produced by Dilly Barlow and Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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Peter Curran drives a battery car 4,500 miles round Europe on a pioneering journey. He talks to manufacturers about their progress with the production of electric cars.

En route he struggles to find enough power points to charge his battery.

Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, France, Spain and Europe - on his last leg he manages to arrive back in the UK to join the Brighton to London Eco-rally.

Produced by Dilly Barlow and Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Peter Curran drives a battery car 4,500 miles round Europe on a pioneering journey.

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The highlights of Peter Curran's epic 4,500 mile battery-powered journey through Europe, investigating the current state of electric car manufacturing and policy.

He visits cities which are wiring up charging stations and probing politicians about what they're doing to promote the electric cause.

Peter discovers that it's not always that easy to find a place to plug in the car, and there's a nail-biting episode in the Alps when he reaches the one hotel en route to the top - which has closed.

From Norway to the Coastal plains of Andalusia, it's a journey of highs, lows and tense moments amidst the roaring traffic on the German autobahns - which were not made for small electric cars with a top speed of around 50 mph.

Producer: Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

The highlights of Peter Curran's epic 4,500 mile battery-powered journey through Europe.

HIGHLIGHTS2010081820100821

The highlights of Peter Curran's epic 4,500 mile battery-powered journey through Europe, investigating the current state of electric car manufacturing and policy.

He visits cities which are wiring up charging stations and probing politicians about what they're doing to promote the electric cause.

Peter discovers that it's not always that easy to find a place to plug in the car, and there's a nail-biting episode in the Alps when he reaches the one hotel en route to the top - which has closed.

From Norway to the Coastal plains of Andalusia, it's a journey of highs, lows and tense moments amidst the roaring traffic on the German autobahns - which were not made for small electric cars with a top speed of around 50 mph.

Producer: Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

The highlights of Peter Curran's epic 4,500 mile battery-powered journey through Europe.