Video: EV Newbies Cross the Swiss Alps in Rented Nissan LEAF

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 8

This is not what we’d recommend you do the first time you drive an electric vehicle, especially not in a rented one, but for these two individuals, crossing the Swiss Alps in an EV was the goal and nothing was going to get in the way of achieving that.

EVs and Mountain Roads...A Perfect Mix?

EVs and Mountain Roads…A Perfect Mix?

What’s truly unique here is that the two you’ll see in the video have never before driven an electric vehicle.  This Alp-crossing journey was their maiden EV voyage.

As you’d then expect, range anxiety was certainly on both of their minds.

The 93-mile mountain drive was not without some hiccups (like showing up at a charger only to find it’s not there).

This eye-opening experience shows the two individuals that EVs (even basic ones like the Nissan LEAF) are thoroughly enjoyable.

Now it’s time to watch the 15-plus minute video of crossing the Alps in a rental Nissan LEAF.

LEAF in the Alps

LEAF in the Alps

YouTube via Transport Evolved

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8 responses to "Video: EV Newbies Cross the Swiss Alps in Rented Nissan LEAF"

  1. Christian says:

    The video is not available in Germany, because of the music (EMI).

    1. Wolfgang says:

      Use http://www.youtubeunblocker.org/ and you can see it.

  2. Hans T says:

    A very sweet video, very well edited, made by two very sweet people.
    Thanks!

  3. Robert says:

    This kind of thing is gonna start happening more frequently. I’m just looking forward to the videos.

  4. io says:

    Seems like everything went smoothly and the pair actually enjoyed their drive very much. I would have too.

    Map of the journey and, more interestingly, plot of the elevation changes — over 6200m (20’000ft) total.
    http://transportevolved.com/2013/10/17/across-the-swiss-alps-in-a-nissan-leaf/

    No wonder they were amused by how much regen they got. 🙂

  5. Assaf says:

    Thanks for posting this sweet inspiring video!

    And this couple is really good at shooting and cutting a film!

    Awesome to learn you can rent a Leaf that cheap in Switzerland. With free or near-free electricity, this should be a steal given European gas prices.

  6. kalle says:

    Thanks everyone for the very nice feedback from ouer tripp 🙂
    it was loads of fun, and we will surley make another tripp next summer.
    We did not need to pay for charging up anywere, and everyone we talked to were very interested. most ppl did not know their existed electric cars that could be used like a normal car (like me a couple of years ago)
    The biggest hurdle for the EV is not lac of performance or range but the lack of knowledge among the public.
    I for one am converted, and my next car will be an EV 🙂

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment…that really was a great little video.

      You guys have promoted the electric segment well, (=