North Coast 500 – A 516-Mile Journey Around The Highlands Of Scotland In A 30 kWh Nissan LEAF
‘Plug in’ adventurer Christopher Ramsey recently shared his impressions from a recent 516-mile (830 km) journey around the Highlands of Scotland using his 2016 Nissan LEAF (with a 30 kWh battery).
Obviously such an adventure is not possible without public charging (preferably DC/fast) along the route, but the trip on pure electricity in general enables one to better enjoy both the experience and the environment.
“Christopher believes it’s the first time a 100% electric vehicle has been used to complete the full route, which starts and ends at Inverness Castle. Pitched as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66’, the scenic journey takes in the castles, beaches and wildlife of some of the most remote parts of the British Isles.
Ramsey is no stranger to putting electric cars through epic drives. Only in September last year, Plug In Adventures completed the 1,652-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back again – for free – in an all-electric Nissan LEAF. As an EV owner, one of Chris’ aims is to demonstrate that the UK charging infrastructure has expanded enough to allow long distance EV journeys to start becoming the norm.”
Chris Ramsey said:
“It’s no secret that I’m an EV advocate – I genuinely enjoy owning and running a Nissan LEAF, knowing that I’m doing my bit for the environment whilst benefitting from the low-running costs.
There’s still scepticism about the capabilities of EVs on long journeys though, and that’s why I delight in pushing all-electric travel to the limits and taking on the really big drives. Doing that proves these cars can easily provide the day-to-day range of almost any driver.”
“Whilst this was definitely the most difficult challenge I have taken on to date – mostly due to a couple of off-line rapid chargers on the West Coast stretch of the route – I loved every minute of it.”
“The North Coast 500 was a simply stunning route to enjoy in the LEAF. The views were incredible and the quiet drivetrain meant we were able to better enjoy the sounds of the drive like the waves crashing on the beaches and the birdlife overhead – a very sensory experience!”
About North Coast 500 here.
“Plug In Adventureswas founded by Chris in 2011 and was born from a combined love of adventure and electric vehicles. Comprising a group of EV enthusiasts based in Scotland, its aim is to engage with the public in unique and different ways, championing all things EV-related. Follow @Pluginadventure on Twitter for all of the latest from the team.”