A ‘Round Britain Climate Challenge’ undertaken by biologist and adventurer Sacha Dench who is the UN Ambassador for the Convention on Migratory Species and founder of the charity Conservation Without Borders and he’s going to attempt a Guinness World Record by flying around Britain in a fully electric paramotor. Naturally a climate challenge needs zero emission support vehicles and that’s were Vauxhall comes in!
What’s the record?
The record attempt started on Thursday from Stevenson, near Glasgow, Scotland, and she will fly anti-clockwise around the country and is aiming to complete the circumnavigation around 11th August back in Glasgow.Throughout her expedition, Sacha will meet with and feature stories of individuals, community groups and organisations driving change in the climate movement. These stories will be highlighted to inspire everyone to get involved in the UK’s Green Recovery.
The ‘Round Britain Climate Challenge’ is attempting to set two world records: ‘The first and fastest flight around Britain in a paramotor powered only by renewable energy’, and ‘The most pledges to act on climate change in one month’ through Count Us In ( Count Us in.) On the journey Sacha will be calling on people in all walks of life to sign up to take one practical action of climate change action and help achieve 140,001 pledges to break this second record.
Adam Millward, Managing Editor of Guinness World Records said: “Sacha is already a part of the Guinness World Records family, having become the first woman to cross the English Channel by paramotor during her epic “Flight of the Swans” expedition in 2016. Given her tenacity and drive, we know she has her sights set on achieving more records, and there’s not many that would bet against someone like Sacha in seeing her goal through! We are delighted to see her once again take to the air in order to fly the flag for nature.”
Vauxhall provides the electric help
Vauxhall is supporting the record attempt with specially liveried electric vehicles consisting of two fully electric Vivaro-e vans as well as electric two cars from their range. With a maximum load volume of 6.6m3 and a load capacity of 1,226kg, as well as the capability to rapid charge upto 100kW with an 80% charge taking just 45 minutes for its 75kWh battery. Transport Scotland have also supported the electric vehicle element of the challenge by contributing free charging to the challenge throughout Scotland.
Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “Vauxhall has a fully electrified van line-up on sale this year and is committed to offering a fully-electrified car range by 2024 and is excited to support the ‘Round Britain Climate Challenge’. Not only is it a great initiative using electric technology, but the record attempt will showcase the practical credentials of electric vans and cars to people around the country. The challenge is a worthy cause and we wish Sacha and the team the best of luck in their Guinness World Record attempt.”