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Power Play

Project EVIE road-trips around the world to spread the word about electric vehicles.

Author Layla Schlack Photography Jody Rogac

WHO
JON AZRIELANT, 27

MISSION
To circumnavigate the globe creating zero emissions, in an electric car (crossing oceans by boat, naturally). “We have this product that’s more convenient and more cost-effective than a regular vehicle,” he says. “If we can get people driving it, the impact will not only be environmental but geopoliticial. Finding renewable energy sources could go a long way to reducing conflicts.”

MOTIVATION
A recent University of Chicago graduate, Azrielant was having drinks with college friends Jeff Bladt (the project’s expedition leader) and Andrea Fjeld (social media editor). “I had gotten a job at McKinsey & Company, and Andrea was working at an ad agency. We were talking about how we wanted to do something good for the future of the world—not just our own futures—while we could.” Though it started as a last fling before corporate life, Azrielant says, “This has been kind of a life-changing experience. We’ll see where the road takes us.”

MOST ANTICIPATED DESTINATION
“I’m really excited for Iranian cuisine,” Azrielant says.

HOW TO HELP
“Just follow our project,” Azrielant says. “Read our blog, project-evie.org.” Want to do more? Make your next car electric.

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