Nissan: Plug In Adventures becomes initial group to finish epic Mongol Rally plea in all-electric car

LONDON, UK – Scottish father and mother organisation Chris and Julie Ramsey, aka Plug In Adventures, crossed a Mongol Rally finish line in Ulan-Ude on Saturday to spin a initial entrants to finish a epic trans-continental plea in an all-electric automobile – a mutated 2016 Nissan LEAF dubbed a AT-EV (All-Terrain Electric Vehicle).

Chris and Julie left a convene start line during Goodwood Motor Circuit in a UK on Jul 16 and trafficked 8,000 miles by 13 countries, charging their automobile 111 times for reduction than £100 in electricity costs to strech a Siberian finish line, usually north of a limit with Mongolia.

Their Nissan LEAF will now join other Mongol Rally entrants’ vehicles on a load sight behind opposite a continent to Estonia, where Chris and Julie will continue a expostulate behind to their hometown of Aberdeen. In sum a span will time adult some-more than 10,500 miles during a trip.

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“There were a array of detractors who told me an electric automobile isn’t able of long-distance journeys,” pronounced Chris Ramsey. “After thousands of miles and roughly 0 problems, we can tell we that is not a case. This has been a comprehensive outing of a lifetime, and we can’t trust we’re now during a finishing line. We’ve trafficked by large countries regulating usually battery appetite and 0 emissions. I’m elated, ecstatic, a bit exhausted, though also totally electrified!”

Throughout Europe, Chris and Julie had a use of an endless fast horse network that can yield an 80% battery assign in usually 30 minutes. However, once they got into Bulgaria and beyond, they faced a shrinking array of fast assign options and instead incited to a accumulation of alternatives for electric power.

These enclosed bars, cafes, hotels, hostels, a barbershop, a post office, garages, automobile dealerships, a tractor showroom, a military station, and 3 glow stations in Russia. They even had a lerned electrician block their LEAF directly into an electricity pylon in a center of a woods in Siberia.

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Chris and Julie enjoyed a goodwill of people in any nation they trafficked through, usually profitable for electricity during a handful of charges. Rarely did anyone spin down a team’s ask to block in their car, and on tip of that they were frequently offering drinks, food and even accommodation for a night.

“We’ve been shown some of a best liberality we could have hoped for,” pronounced Chris Ramsey.  “It’s positively altered a viewpoint of how we should act when we get home. One instance that sticks out was when we incited adult during a Nissan play in Russia during 2 am. There was a guy watchful for us and he plugged a automobile in firmly in a workshop, afterwards led us into a salon where he gave us tea, food and comfy sofas to nap on.”

The Nissan LEAF also valid a reliable companion. Chris said: “In terms of automobile reliability, a car’s been brilliant. We’ve had one puncture, one shop-worn amalgamate wheel, a sand strap came off and someone stole one of a stickers. That’s it!”

On a hurdles that faced a pair, Chris said: “There were of march a integrate of low points. Illness strike us in a after stages of a tour that was hard, though other than that, it’s been fine. Some of a longer assign times during petrol stations in a center of nowhere left us feeling a bit low, though afterwards when we lift into a tiny city or encampment and you’re greeted tenderly by a locals – it usually rises we adult and it’s such a thrill.”

During a journey, a Plug In Adventures organisation was penetrating to foster a advantages of regulating an all-electric vehicle, and they found seductiveness in a automobile and their tour in all a countries they visited. Chris was even invited to take partial in a array of quarrel discussions during a Astana International Exposition, bringing a 2017 theme, “Future Energy,” to life. The LEAF AT-EV was also put on arrangement during a expo.

The organisation also tackled some of Europe and Asia’s extraordinary roads, including a Transfăgărășan Highway in Romania – a nomadic towering pass that supposing a healthy volume of regenerative braking in a car’s B-mode.

The longest widen a integrate did on a singular assign with their entirely installed automobile was 115 miles, pulling in to assign with 6% ability left. On normal Chris and Julie were logging 95 miles between charges, gripping adequate gangling battery appetite once they got to a charging locations in box they indispensable to find an swap appetite source.

Julie Ramsey said: “This has been a outing of a lifetime. We’ve eaten surprising foods, slept in uncanny locations and even trafficked on a load ship. We’ve met a many extraordinary people and been impressed by both a munificence and a seductiveness in a electric adventure. I’d contend this outing substantially isn’t for everyone. It’s positively been severe during times. However, a practice we’ve had and a people we’ve met along a approach have been priceless. we consider we’d do it all over again in an instant!”

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Countries trafficked through:
1. Scotland (leaving their Aberdeen home)
2. England (departing from Goodwood Circuit Mongol Rally start on 16 July)
3. France
4. Belgium
5. Germany
6. Austria
7. Hungary
8. Romania
9. Bulgaria
10. Turkey
11. Georgia
12. Azerbaijan
13. Kazakhstan
14. Russia (Ulan-Ude finishing line on 9 September)

Proposed lapse tour (late Sep to early October):
15. Estonia
16. Latvia
17. Lithuania
18. Poland
19. Germany
20. Netherlands
21. England
22. Scotland

Miles trafficked (as of 9 Sept): 8,000 miles (including Aberdeen to Goodwood Motor Circuit)


    111 automobile charges
    26 were ‘rapid’ (80% assign in 30 minutes)
    15 were ‘fast’ (Mennekes Type 2 for a 4-5 hour charge)
    The rest regulating domestic block sockets (12-14 hour charge)

Total cost of electricity to assign a LEAF AT-EV: Less than £100 estimated

About a Nissan LEAF AT-EV
The Plug In Adventures’ automobile is a customary 2016 30kWh Nissan LEAF Acenta, that offers a operation of adult to 155 miles / 250 km on a singular charge**. Key modifications were done to improved supply a automobile once it reached a some-more remote tools of a journey.

The LEAF AT-EV was propitious with Speedline SL2 Marmora wheels for improved opening on unblocked roads. Welded plates to a underside of a wishbones, braided stop lines, mudflaps and a 6mm aluminium sump ensure total serve insurance from severe terrain.

A mutated roof shelve supposing outmost storage and was propitious with a Lazer Triple-R 16 LED light bar to furnish 16,400 lumens of extra low-voltage brazen lighting during a remotest tools of a trip.

As a Mongol Rally isn’t a timed race, a entrants’ vehicles ideally yield prolonged stretch comfort. The interior modifications to a LEAF AT-EV focused on shortening weight and providing some-more storage space. The motorist and front newcomer area was unmodified detached from a further of rubber building mats. The behind quarrel of seats and behind seatbelts were totally removed, contributing to a 32kg weight loss. A Fire Extinguisher and Medi Kit were integrated into a foot space.

The modifications to a LEAF AT-EV were carried out by RML Group, a heading high opening automotive engineering association formed in a UK.

About Plug In Adventures

Plug In Adventures was founded by Chris Ramsey in 2011 and was innate from a total passion for tour and electric vehicles. Comprising a organisation of EV enthusiasts formed in Scotland, a aim is to rivet with a open in singular and opposite ways, championing all things EV-related.

Plug In Adventures is no foreigner to putting electric cars by epic drives. In Sep 2015, they took usually dual days to finish a 1,652-mile tour from John O’Groats to Land’s End and behind again in a Nissan Leaf 24kWh, regulating usually publicly accessible and giveaway EV charging points.

In Apr 2016 they finished a North Coast 500 in a Leaf 30kWh. The severe 516-mile nomadic track around a Highlands of Scotland is pitched as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66′.

The Mongol Rally is a perfection of this array of EV adventures that Chris combined for himself as training – all building to this poignant and severe journey.

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About a Mongol Rally
The Mongol Rally is a 10,000-mile gift expostulate opposite a mountains, dried and steppe of Europe and Asia that takes place any summer and initial started in 2004. The eventuality is orderly by The Adventurists ( that run a array of events that have lifted £5million for gift to date. Each organisation in a Mongol Rally is approaching to lift a smallest of £1000 for charity. 

The manners state that participants contingency expostulate a small, sub-1.0-litre engine automobile as it will make a eventuality some-more of a plea with a larger possibility of a relapse definition drivers can correlate with locals along a way. The expostulate is unsupported with no ‘on a highway backup.’ Participants are approaching to get themselves out of trouble.

For 2017, The Adventurists have upheld Chris’ preference to enter a convene with a Leaf AT-EV, so that it can spin a initial electric automobile to try a tour and prominence a organization’s joining to sustainability and a environment.

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* Plug in Adventures (and not Nissan Motor (GB)) exclusively entered and participated in this event.
** NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) value.