Man Takes Wheelchair on Epic 200-Mile Road Trip

Travel News — By spencerspellman on January 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

A road trip by a United Arab Emirates resident gives new meaning to green travel. If you thought you were being Captain Environment by driving around in your bio-diesel car, wait until you hear this story. According to Switched, one U.A.E. resident is taking eco-friendly to the next level by using a solar-powered wheelchair to travel. Oh, and did we mention that he’s taking his wheelchair for a 200-mile road trip?

By no means is this your typical road trip. While you typically think of packed station wagons and pick-up trucks when it comes to road trips, Haidar Taleb is instead driving his solar-powered wheelchair on a 200-mile trip. This will trump his most recent trip, which was 88 miles in 14 hours and set a new Guinness World Record. He was the first that had ever taken on the task of traveling in a solar-powered wheelchair.

Taleb’s wheelchair is somewhat of a hybrid between a golf cart and a wheelchair. An energy firm constructed the wheelchair, which features solar panels on the rear and top. Taleb’s goal of this epic journey is to raise awareness of both disability and sustainability. However, we see a new reality TV show, “Pimp my Wheelchair”, coming to a TV station near you.

[Photo courtesy of World Records Information]

Tags: captain environment, Guinness World Record, pimp my wheelchair, reality tv show, road trip, solar powered wheelchair, united arab emirates

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