All Aboard: New 30 kWh Nissan LEAF Travels 900 km (559 miles) On Single Charge* – Video

2 years ago by Mark Kane 30

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

900 km (559 miles) on a single charge in a Nissan LEAF? That’s five times more than the EPA rating for the longer range 30 kWh version.

Well, in France it’s possible because all roads there are downhill you can hire a train…literally.

In a recent demonstration, 20 LEAFs board the SNCF Auto/Train service from Nice to Paris.

The special service has been available since December 3, 2012.

“Cynics were silenced as a line-up of 20 new Nissan LEAF 30kWh cars travelled more than 900km aboard the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) Auto/Train service from Nice to Paris.

The new Nissan LEAFs, which can now travel up to 250km* on a single charge (107 real-world/US EPA), covered the staggering distance by taking advantage of just one of several innovative schemes available to LEAF owners across Europe for longer cross-country and vacation travel, including free charging at selected train stations and airports.”

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

“The unique LEAF sighting on the lines of SNCF’s Auto/Train national rail network, which carries 65,000 cars per year, highlights Nissan’s innovative EV partnership with the transport provider. LEAF owners can take their vehicles aboard the Auto/Train service at a discounted rate, allowing their vehicles to conserve battery energy whilst travelling – that allows 100% ecological long distance at once.

Launched on the 3rd December 2012, the special discount scheme entitles LEAF owners to one completely free one way journey and a 30 percent discount on all other SNCF Auto/Train trips to and from Paris, making this a very affordable travel option. They can drive their vehicle to one of the 12 SNCF Auto/Train stations, where their car is fully charged at a Nissan-installed Quick Charger before being loaded onto the train. Complimentary battery top-ups are also offered to service users by Auto/Train.

The Auto/Train service links Paris with Nice, Avignon, Lyon, Biarritz, Marseille, Bordeaux, Narbonne, Fréjus-St Raphael, Toulon and Toulouse. This makes it an ideal service for Nissan LEAF owners to use to travel to a wide range of family holiday destinations.”

Gareth Dunsmore, Director of EV at Nissan Europe said:

“Nissan aims to make EVs an affordable, practical but exciting solution for motorists worldwide, and the new 250km range makes LEAF ownership an easy first choice, for many, many more drivers. Combining this upgrade with schemes like the SNCF Auto/Train partnership further enhances the travel capabilities of Nissan’s EVs, giving owners the ability to travel great distances at greatly reduced costs, offering limitless sustainable vacation possibilities.”

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh from Nice to Paris

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30 responses to "All Aboard: New 30 kWh Nissan LEAF Travels 900 km (559 miles) On Single Charge* – Video"

  1. sven says:

    To put this into perspective, an old Plug-in Prius can also travel 900 km (559 miles) on a single charge.

    1. David Murray says:

      agreed… I didn’t find this all that impressive. If anything, it is more like an ad telling you why not to buy a Leaf because you need a train to carry it around for you.

      1. Michel says:

        Snowbirds are doing that for long time from the north east to Sanford Florida. Some pay some one else to drive their car for them because some don’t like to travel long distance.
        Also you have to undrestand that train travel is different in Europe compare to North America.

    2. Matthias Amrein says:

      Sven, this is to advertise the cooperation between Nissan and the rail operator. Having lived in Europe for a long time, the train-car combo is a dream-come-true way of vacationing 🙂

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “Cynics were silenced…”

    Those must have been fake cynics. Just what were they silenced about? They’ve been using trains to ferry cars thru the Chunnel from France to England, and back again, for years.

    Nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

    1. heisenberght says:

      “the special discount scheme entitles LEAF owners to one completely free one way journey and a 30 percent discount on all other SNCF Auto/Train trips to and from Paris”

      I think this is what all this is about. Maybe the message got lost somewhere in the way. The message is something like:

      Buy a Nissan leave and we will pay the ticket for the car-train which would otherwise cost you at least 119 €

      Furthermore you will get 30% rebate on all subsequent tickets.

      This is one way to adress long range travel. I know that with Supercharger and Autopilot you will have a (very!sic) somehow similar experience but I think some people will be fine with that free train ticket and the rebate. It’s better than nothing…

      Nonetheless I see that this might be some kind of anti-advertising, because the benefit to the customer is let’s say quite well hidden 😉

  3. jim stack says:

    I can travel at 400,000,000 miles per hour using the internet on fiber optics. I put in miles at work after telenetting all over the country and they approved it.

    But dragging a complete vehicle with you would be hard and inefficient. EVen an electric has it’s physical limits.

  4. Anon says:

    Just imagine the sheer spectacle of this event– if those were actually attractive cars?

    1. Priusmaniac says:

      …and the train an high speed one at 300 Km/h instead of a slow mover at 150 Km/h.

  5. goaterguy says:

    one small step for man, one giant leap backwards for EVs…

  6. Anderlan says:

    What about pee breaks? You drive on and you sit there, eh? Would need a cooler for hydration going in and a designated bottle for hydration going out.

    1. Ambulator says:

      It looks to me like this is just for the cars. Passengers would ride separately.

  7. Big Solar says:

    I put my leaf on the train twice a year. its amazing,wait, no it isnt.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      ROTFL!

      🙂 🙂 🙂

      Congratulations, Big Solar, on writing the most relevant and the most entertaining post in this thread.

  8. MarkSTJ says:

    I think itis great. I put my wife in the Leaf. I put the Leaf on the train. Now I have 2 weeks of vacation.

  9. Jonathan says:

    Ummmm…. Tesla should rip on this this with their 90D actually able to do this many miles on one charge (if it drives a downhill route at 25 mph) but it probably would make it.

    1. shane says:

      A car with no drivetrain would make any distance if it’s all downhill and you don’t care how slow you go. Some of this stuff gets really silly.

  10. sven says:

    That’s nothing, many LEAFs cross the entire Pacific Ocean on a single charge. Some even make is to the East Coast on a single charge

  11. tedfredrick says:

    Theres five minutes of my life frittered away

  12. Scott Franco says:

    Now give us the milage on a ham sandwich…

  13. Instantly, Tesla send their fanboy brigade for anti Leaf comments.

    1. Anon says:

      FYI: Tesla does not send commands instructing fanboys to mock other EV companies. Take off the tinfoil hat and enjoy the ride. These are some of the most HILARIOUS comments I’ve read here, in a long time!!!! 😀

  14. VisionSolarDotCom says:

    This is awesome, the Us has an auto train from DC to FL, some 900 miles. Fares are currently $95 and include vegetarian meals : )

    It would be neat to see en route charging in France as these are clean, electric trains.

    http://www.amtrak.com/auto-train

  15. SparkEV says:

    Has anyone tried driving Leaf for 1000 miles in a day using multiple DCFC? I doubt 24kWh version can do it due to slow DCFC rate, but it may be possible with 30kWh.

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      It could be possible to drive the leaf 300 miles.miles to 500 miles in a day. But even in a ice car you wouldn’t drive 1000 miles in a day unless in a track or testing setting. The most I have driven in a ice car is 400 to 600 on a good clear day of driving.

      I wouldn’t mind taking the leaf on a road trip and drive 300 to 400 miles in one day. But the thing that would make this important is that there would have to be a DC Quick charger every 25 miles on the road. In that the charge range gauge on the leaf is untrustworthy.

      1. SparkEV says:

        It’s only to see if it’s possible, not as something one would do regularly. I’ve driven my motorcycle over 1000 miles in one day, and one gas tank range was about 150 miles. But I started late (8 AM).

        In theory, it should be possible with SparkEV (avg 39kW to 89%). It should also be possible with 30kWh Leaf, too, due to it’s DCFC speed close to SparkEV (avg 38kW to 90%). It would be interesting to see, and also more fun than SparkEV due to more numerous Chademo stations.

        http://sparkev.blogspot.com/2015/05/dcfc-quick-charge-and-driving-from-la.html

  16. Priusmaniac says:

    The title was actually confusing, it could have been more straight forward like “Nissan offer free 900 Km Leaf on train transport from Paris to Nice”, that would have been less deceiving and likely met with more enthusiasm. I guess the temptation was just too big, a bit like sitting near Kate Upton without a kiss.

  17. Bob says:

    A pity, were i live no service. I could imagine to do this. Why adding miles on my car at boring highway, at the destination i want to cruise and discover the landscape/town. This owner tested it with his Leaf travelling with SNCF:

  18. Jeff Songster says:

    I wish we could get this service from our California Amtrak trains. Especially to cover the gaps in our west coast electric highway. More modes of transit are great. More options.

  19. It looks like there are more than 20 LEAFs on the train. Perhaps so did not make the full trip?

    Regarding:
    “Cynics were silenced as a line-up of 20 new Nissan LEAF 30kWh cars travelled more than 900km aboard the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) Auto/Train service from Nice to Paris.”