Plug-in for a new record: 7922 miles covered on electric motorbike

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An Egyptian rider has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest journey on an electric motorcycle, covering 7921.9 miles (12,749km) in 30 days of riding.

Ali Abdo broke the record on a trip called ‘The Ride to COP27’, which began in Cairo and snaked through the region before ending in Sharm El-Sheikh for the 27th Climate Conference (COP27) held in November 2022.

The ride aboard his Energica Eva EsseEsse9 was to raise awareness of climate change, taking around a year of preparation, and inadvertently setting a second record of the longest journey in one country on an electric motorcycle, at a distance of 9749km across 22 days.

Ali Abdo meets local school children in Egypt

Abdo’s journey was sponsored by several organisations and companies including the Ministries of Youth and Sports, Environment, Planning and Economic Development. As part of the adventure, he visited schools, universities, and sports clubs to raise youth awareness of climate change.

A documentary was also filmed to show the opportunities, challenges and success stories associated with climate change with a simplified explanation, encouraging the implementation of environmental projects.

So what’s next? Well Abdo is already planning for ‘The Ride to COP28’, which is scheduled to be held in the UAE in December 2023. His route will start in Egypt and visit Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman before arriving in the United Arab Emirates.