Electric Interview With Greg Hill
The man, the myth, the legend – Greg “2 Mill” Hill – has just completed another out-there challenge. After re-evaluating the carbon footprint of his jet-set global ski mountaineering lifestyle, Greg decided to shake it up. For his new film ‘Electric Greg’, he set out to climb, ski, or run 100 peaks using only human or electric power. That means feet, pedals, e-bikes, and electric vehicles were in, but planes, trucks and helicopters were out. We caught up with Greg to pick his brain and get some tips on how to earn such cool nick name.
DL: Livewire vs Superman. Who would win?
Greg: Super Man for sure.
DL: Electro vs Spiderman. Go…
Greg: As much as I love electricity, Spiderman.
DL: Just checking if you’ve got a fetish for electric things. Anyway, congrats on the recent electric adventure. What was really your motivation behind it? To save the planet one EV at a time? Or secretly just to ditch your old “2 Mill” nickname for a way more futuristic one?
Greg: I was getting pretty bored with the old ” 2 mill hill” for sure, needed something new and I like the energy behind the new one.. it took months of whispering into Anthony’s ear at night for him to finally call the movie “Electric Greg”. Years ago I biked to my trail heads for a month and wanted to influence change that way, but I realized it was too hard for mass adoption. SO when this new form of transport started coming around I knew it was feasible and could help influence people, if I showed that it was possible and not sacrificing too much.
DL: Now that you’re done, are you going to stick with strictly human and electric power? Or was it a novelty challenge that’s too hard to sustain long term? Somewhere in between?
Greg: Its hard to maintain, I was invited yesterday to go up a logging road to an area that I love skiing in. I have not been there for two years and miss it.. I won’t stop and will feel really rewarded when I finally drive a bad ass ev up that logging road, or rip silently on a Taiga e-sed.
DL: It’s funny looking back to when you started the project a few years ago. That rental EV looks like it’s range was pretty ghetto compared to all the fancy new EV’s on the market this year. Does that diminish your accomplishment, or maybe on the flip side it’s perfect timing for more people to adopt the same program?
Greg: In some ways it feels less impressive because there is a lot of mainstream adoption now, but I think it will really help break down barriers for lots of people. Throughout the challenge I converted lots of people and they have also converted others and the wave grows bigger. I wanted to show that the adventurous dream does not need to be given up on.
DL: Million dollar question… have you pre-ordered a Tesla Cybertruck yet? It won’t get stuck in Revelstoke trailheads.
Greg: I wish I had a million dollars to buy that truck… It does seem pretty bad ass. There are some great offerings coming out in the next few years. I love the riven truck also. My lease is up in 1.5 years and I cannot wait to get into something a little burlier.
DL: This summer you picked me up from the mountain using your EV, then I jumped into my obnoxious Suburban SUV that barely fit in the driveway. Does stuff like that discourage you, or maybe you’re stoked to secretly know everyone who does that starts window shopping for EV’s afterwards? And on that note, do you reckon it’s better to shame the world into action, or inspire them with awesomeness? Or bit of both?
Greg: I would prefer to inspire awesomeness vs shame for sure. For people to adopt to an idea they have to see proof of its concept and that it can do way more than they need it to. Ideally I have proven that with a change of mindset we can all travel with a lighter footprint.
DL: Any shout outs?
Greg: A big shout out to Anthony Bonello, and Mike Douglas for bringing this story to live and telling it in an honest way. Also obviously to the 4 sponsors who help me live and push boundaries, Arc’teryx, Salomon, Gore-tex, and Suunto.