Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more relevant in a world where human activities are depleting resources and changing our climate. An eco-conscious couple are driving the Nissan LEAF, a fully electric vehicle, approximately ten thousand miles to prove that you are not limited by choosing an EV over a traditional vehicle.
Chris Ramsey, founder of Plug In Adventures, and his wife Julie are taking the LEAF half way around the world as in the Mongol Rally 2017. Plug In Adventures are a group of people passionate about EVs who raise awareness and funds for zero-emission adventures as well as donating to charities such as WWF Scotland and CoolEarth.
The LEAF is one of the world’s best-selling EVs and priced from just £16,680, we can see why. Marketed as a family car and available in five different colours this zero-emission car has a maximum range of 124-155, depending on which model you buy. Regenerative breaking and eco mode helps you to achieve the best possible range which you can monitor in the car, on your smartphone or on the computer.
Chris and his wife are hoping to change the negative stereotypes associated with EVs and prove that EVs are as versatile and practical as any ICEV (internal combustion engine vehicle) — they will be the first people ever to finish the Mongol Rally in a fully electric car. The LEAF model which they have chosen in the 30kW LEAF Acenta; they have modified the car by raising the suspension, ripping out the back seats and adding a roof rack and rally tyres.
The Mongol Rally is a 10,000 mile race which starts in Goodwood, Chichester in July and finishes in Ulan-Ude, Eastern Russian. There is no set route, no support and will push the car, and the drivers, to the limit for between six to eight weeks.
You can read more about the Rally here and Vegan Life has a special feature on electric vehicles in our August issue so make sure you pick up a copy.