Uwe Reimann is on his 21st trip to Iceland, but it is his first on an electric motorcycle. RÚV caught up with the German traveller, who first visited Iceland in 2003 and has returned as often as possible since.
Though Uwe’s motorcycle looks like any other, it is in fact a fully electric Zero-S model which can go from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. “I expect a lot of wind, hopefully from the back, then it’s good for my range, for the battery. The range in Iceland might be 120-130 km depending on how fast I drive,” Uwe said.
He has already travelled 1,200 km from Germany to Denmark on the bike where he caught the Norræna ferry to Iceland. The motorcyclist has a 3,200 km trip planned around the island and will be using electric vehicle charging stations newly installed along the Ring Road. The stations currently require users to provide an Icelandic kennitala (social security number), but Uwe got around the issue with the help of a local friend. ON, who runs the charging stations, told Uwe they are working on making them available to foreign tourists in the future. If all else fails, Uwe says he is prepared to knock on farmers’ doors for a top up.
The Iceland enthusiast expects this trip to be a very different experience from the first twenty, most of which he completed by jeep. “I don’t make any noise, I don’t make pollution[…] so it’s very peaceful to drive,” Uwe remarked.
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