Over the course of four days, I had to drive almost 800 miles last weekend. Impossible to do in an electric car, right? Wrong. A pair of Dutch Nissan Leaf drivers managed to cover 779 miles in just 24 hours.
There must be a catch, right? A tow truck, or a battery trailer, or something? As it turns out, the only advantage this duo of Dutch drivers had were fast charging stations spread along their route. They set out to see how far one can drive an electric car using these fast chargers in a 24 hour period. Considering that the EPA estimates the Leaf’s driving range on a full charge to be about 73 miles, I figure these two probably plugged-in at least ten times (probably more though, given much of the trip was at highway speeds, lowering the estimated range even more.) That’s a lot of coffee breaks. Good thing the Netherlands is known for its “coffee shops.”
So, it’s not exactly the most “convenient” trip. However, with gas prices hovering between $7 and $8 a gallon in much of Europe, the extra time is probably well worth the hundreds of dollars they saved in gas expenses. The video also proves the hardiness of both the battery pack and cooling system (which some people called “primitive”) as well as the usefulness of the fast charging system. The DC Fast Charger system charges the Leaf in as little as 20 to 30 minutes, allowing them to cover a total distance of 1,254 km, or 779.2 miles, in just 24 hours. Not too shabby if you ask me, and on my recent mini-road trip, it would have saved me almost $100 in gas expenses.
Perhaps this video will win over a few more EV converts, perhaps not, but it definitely adds more fuel to the fiery debate over electric vehicles.
Source: All Cars Electric
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.