1,500-Mile Nissan LEAF Zero-Emission Road Trip Kicks Off Tomorrow

3 years ago by Tyrel Haveman 10

ZERoadtrip Nissan LEAF Is Easy To Spot

ZERoadtrip Nissan LEAF Is Easy To Spot

Our Recorded Route From Saturday

Our Recorded Route From Saturday

Tomorrow, September 1st, 2014, we start our 1,500-mile road trip in our 100% electric Nissan LEAF from Canada to California. We encourage everyone to Like us on Facebook, Follow @ZEroadtrip on Twitter, and especially watch our live map at ZEroadtrip.com.

On Saturday we did a quick drive from the Canadian border to Bellingham, WA, where we live, so that on Monday we can just start off from home and head south, and also to test that the live map was working properly. This drive was 17 miles and used 3.9 kWh of electricity. Unfortunately the road that lets you get to the border crossing easily when you don’t intend to cross the border, has been “closed to thru traffic”, so we weren’t able to actually get to the border crossing. Instead we started out on Boundary Road, which is separated only by a shallow ditch from 0 Avenue, on the Canadian side of the border.

*Editor’s Note: This post appears on Tyrel’s blog.  Check it out here.

Here’s the tentative plan for Monday. Keep an eye on our live data, and Twitter or Facebook, as the plan is likely to change depending on lineups at chargers and such.

Hopefully we can leave home around 8am. We’ll be charging in Burlington around 9am, and at Magic Nissan of Everett around 10am. At Magic Nissan we’ll try to have a bit of a “launch party” for our trip, so anyone in the area is encouraged to show up and hang out with us before we head south.

After Magic Nissan, we’ll charge at Whole Foods in Seattle, probably around 11:30am or noon. We’ve been invited to then charge at Bill Korum’s Puyallup Nissan, which will probably happen around 1pm.

After that, we’ll be charging at the West Coast Electric Highway chargers in Tumwater and Centralia, before arriving at our campsite at Seaquest State Park, near Castle Rock. We may also charge using the charger at Castle Rock, depending on how hot our battery pack is getting. If it’s too hot we might wait until Tuesday morning to charge, or use a trickle charger at our campsite. Along the way we may stop to see the Mima Mounds National Area Preserve if the weather is cool (as we’ll have to leave the dog in the car).

Let us know by commenting here, on Facebook, or Twitter, if you’d like to meet up anywhere along our route.

*For Tyrel’s first InsideEVs post on the ZE Roadtrip, click here.

*For a recap of Tyrel and Trish’s 2013 road trip, click here.

**Editor’s Note: Tyrel Haveman is President of the North Sound Electric Vehicle Association. The North Sound Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) is a chapter of the Electric Auto Association (EAA), a non-profit organization that has promoted electric vehicles since 1967. North Sound EVA was formed to enhance awareness of electric vehicles in Northwest Washington State, including the counties of Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan.

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10 responses to "1,500-Mile Nissan LEAF Zero-Emission Road Trip Kicks Off Tomorrow"

  1. Nate says:

    Have a great trip.

  2. Great looking blog Tyrel, nice job on the write-up of the last trip. Looking forward to following this one too.

  3. Assaf says:

    Tyrel hi,

    Which Seattle Whole Foods are you talking about? Your trip map suggests is the south Lake Union one?

    Of course, you don’t really need to QC at that stop – only 25 miles max from Magic Nissan, and perhaps 50 miles from your next stop at Puyallup. You can just L2 charge there while having lunch.

    Just armchair-QBing here a bit 🙂 Good luck and thanks for doing this! I’ll try to see if I can come to that Whole Foods meetup – I need to work tomorrow.

    1. Hi Assaf,

      Yeah, it’s the South Lake Union one. Our original plan did not include Puyallup Nissan — we were going to charge at South Lake Union and go all the way from there to Tumwater, which was quite a distance.

      You’re right that we don’t need to use the QC there, but one of our intentions is to explore chargers we haven’t seen before. We’ve never used one of these ABB units and never used the GreenLots network, so we’d like to try it out. Having an idea of how different chargers and networks work will help us to make recommendations for installing more chargers later.

      If we end up staying for a bit we may move to L2 after we reach sufficient charge on the DCQC.

      1. Assaf says:

        Thanks for the explanation Tyrel! I think I’ll actually come by – will keep an eye out for the live updates.

        Cheers, Assaf

  4. Issaquah Chad says:

    Have fun guys! A lot of people used to look at me funny when I planned out long EV road trips, but I enjoyed them.

    We are leaving on a trip on Tuesday. We will keep an eye out for you in Oregon…

  5. Max says:

    All the best, fellas!

  6. Han says:

    good luck

  7. Steven Ingham says:

    Stop and say high when you go through Florence Oregon. Fast charge at the Casino. Park your Leaf in Old town Florence where every one can see it.

  8. John Vickers says:

    Good morning the nissan leaf team have a electrifying trip and smile as it will only pennies to the whole trip good luck have fun JOHN