First-of-its-Kind Polar Exploration Vehicle To Be Test Driven to Telegraph Creek

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and Prince Albert II of Monaco will be hitting the highway between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek this week, testing out a ground-breaking all-electric vehicle designed to withstand temperatures as low as minus 50 celsius.

The two, and Venturi Automobiles North America president Xavier Chevrin, will share "co-piloting" duties, as the Venturi Antarctica sets out on the 42-kilometre trek this Wednesday.

It's billed as the first Electric Polar Exploration Vehicle -- and was officially presented at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco last November.

Two weeks ago, it was in Edmonton for its Canadian unveiling -- preparing to be transported to Dease Lake.

The highway into Telegraph Creek was chosen for its final test, as a way to symobolically complete a 1934 expedition from the Fairmont Hotel in Edmonton to the Tahltan village, which was led by French millionaire businessman and adventurer Charles Bedaux.

That journey failed because of soggy and steep terrain.