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Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman Taking Long Way Up, EV Motorcycles Up Central, South America

21,000 km on two electric wheels for Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

  • Argentina to Mexico on electric motorcycles

  • Rivian electric pickups along to lend a charge


The motorcycle adventuring duo of actor Ewan McGregor and writer and TV host Charley Boorman is ready for another Long Way trip. This time, though, instead of their usual BMW motorcycles they’re taking a pair of electric motorcycles and a team of electric pickups to cover more than 21,000 km of South and Central America in Long Way Up.

Long Way Round was the first adventure for the pair to make the trek to TV. London to New York, via the entire world, via motorcycle. A few years later came Long Way Down, from the tip of Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa, again on a two-wheeled transport.

Long Way Up comes 10 years after their last epic motorcycle trip, and while it might not be as far in distance, it makes up for it in daring. The duo will be on electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycles, the first EV bikes from the classic cycle brand.

Starting in Ushuaia at the tip of South America, the team will travel through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and a total of 13 countries (with 16 border crossings) in 100 days.

Because EV chargers aren’t exactly as common in Colombia as they are in British Columbia, some support vehicles will be along to offer up a charge. But they won’t be traditional pickups either, instead, they’ll be electric Rivian pickups that will allow the bikes to charge almost anywhere, and should offer enough extra range to make it from charge to charge.

The show starts September 18th on Apple TV+, with three episodes straight off and rolling out weekly after that.

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