The entry-level Nissan Ariya (front-wheel drive with a 66-kWh battery), has been recently tested in Bjørn Nyland's 1,000 km challenge in Norway to see its long-distance travel capabilities, related to the combination of range, efficiency, and fast charging.
This version has a range of about 342 km (213 miles) at 90 km/h (56 mph) or 232 km (144 miles) at 120 km/h (75 mph) - according to the previous test.
The Nissan Ariya was able to complete the distance of 1,000 km (over 621 miles), at an average temperature of 10°C, in 11 hours and 5 minutes (after some time deductions).
It's not a bad result, especially considering that the roads were wet for about 40% time (inflated energy consumption), according to the video.
Considering that the Nissan Ariya (FWD 66 kWh) is not that far from various VW MEB-based models with an 82 kWh battery, there is a big chance that the Ariya with a 91 kWh battery will be competitive and about an hour quicker (10-10.5 hours).
Nonetheless, this version in these particular conditions, was charged a total of six times along the way (5-6 is a typical number of stops for the challenge). After the initial 196 km (122 miles), the average distance between charging stops was 134 km (83 miles).
The 1,000 km challenge is a unique test (optimized for time rather than convenience), which expands our empirical knowledge about EVs and gives us glimpses of what is physically possible by an experienced driver in a country with dense DC fast charging infrastructure.
The average energy consumption amounted to 276 Wh/km (444 Wh/mile) so slightly higher than in the case of the Volkswagen ID.4 (82 kWh), which also can charge at a higher power.
We look forward for the test of the top-of-the-line Nissan Ariya (AWD, 91 kWh) to see the difference between it and the Volkswagen ID.4/Skoda Enyaq iV.
Test conditions (according to Bjørn Nyland):
- Start: 100% State of Charge (SOC)
- Temperatures: 9-11°C (10°C on average)
- Total time: 11 hours and 5 minutes
- Average speed (total): 90.2 km/h (56 mph)
- Average energy consumption: 276 Wh/km (444 Wh/mile)
- Number of stops for charging: 6
- Average distance between charging stops:
Total: 143 km (89 miles)
Excluding the initial segment: 134 km (83 miles)
- Date / Notes: 25.09.2022, Wet roads 40%
- after 196 km (122 miles)
- after 363 km (226 miles)
- after 512 km (318 miles)
- after 662 km (411 miles)
- after 769 km (478 miles)
- after 887 km (551 miles)