Would Che Guevara Fight Climate Change with E-bikes?

What if Che and Granado had an e-bike in the 50s during their excursion, would the outcome of their trip have been different?

The Motorcycle Diaries is a fiercely romantic tale of two young travelers who witnessed harsh realities intertwined with beautiful traditions. Che Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado took on a huge task by setting out to travel on a 500 CC motorcycle starting in Argentina and ending in Venezuela. (However, the motorcycle had other plans and puttered out in southern Chile.) This trip played a significant role in Latin America’s history because this is where the spark of revolution engulfed Che. It is a tale that has inspired travelers and artists worldwide.

A lesser known story, is that at age 22, Guevara rode an Italian made Garelli bicycle 4,500 km from Buenos Aires to visit Alberto Granado. After learning about Che’s bicycle adventures, Swiss photographer Lucas Zanetti, had a brilliant realization- what if Che and Granado had an e-bike in the 50s during their excursion, would the outcome of their trip have been different? Pondering this question was too much for Zanetti, so he decided to gather a group of photographers and journalists to embark on an E-bike Diaries trip.

As they travelled through South America, they wanted to raise awareness of climate change and encourage the use of the E-bike versus cars. Zanetti said, “I was seen as a hero.” E-bikes are not very present on the market in Latin America.

Along with his bike, Zanetti traveled with his camera. His photographs are indescribably beautiful and pure. At the end of his trip he summed up his feelings, “There are incredible views all the time that make you believe it’s possible to start a new life, to do something differently! I had this feeling all the time during the trip. But I was also quite disappointed with the level of environmental awareness and changes in energy policy in Latin America.”  

Lucas Zanetti’s Instagram: IG

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