Electric Ride

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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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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.