Nissan LEAF Joins Tesla Model S As Only Electric Cars To Complete This Challenge

JUL 27 2018 BY MARK KANE 18

The Nissan LEAF, with its 40 kWh battery, became the second electric car after the Tesla Model S to complete this grueling challenge.

These two electric cars have completed the difficult Three Peaks Challenge – an extreme test of both electric and human endurance.

The National Three Peaks Challenge involves ascending and descending the three highest peaks of Scotland (Ben Nevis, 1345m), England (Scafell Pike, 978m) and Wales (Snowdon, 1085m), and driving between all three, in just 24 hours.

Because the total distance is 462 miles (744km) of driving and there is limited time for fast charging during 24 hours, it’s pretty demanding for a car like the LEAF (WLTP range stands at 168-miles).

The attempt was performed by two teams comprised pf individuals from Autocar, Chargemaster, Plug In Adventures and Nissan, who needed to reach the three peaks too, walking 23 miles (37km) up and down.

New Nissan LEAF takes charge on the Three Peaks Challenge

“Nissan’s representative adventurers comprised of climber Gareth Dunsmore (Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe) and driver Chris Ramsey (Director, Plug In Adventures). Gareth took on the 23 miles (37km) of walking – including 3064 metres (10,052ft) of ascending – whilst Chris was responsible for the 462 miles (744km) of driving and scheduled rapid charge stops.

Split into two Nissan LEAFs, the teams started at 12pm at Ben Nevis on one of Scotland’s hottest days of the year with temperatures nearing 30-degrees Celsius. Descending the mountain mid-afternoon, the journey continued south to England, the Lake District and Scafell Pike, which was climbed in the very early hours of the morning with ambient temperatures still topping 20-degrees.

The morning of the second day brought the teams into Wales and towards their final destination of Snowdonia and the final peak – Snowdon. With the Nissan pairing of Gareth and Chris having gained a respectable lead on the other car, they arrived at Snowdon with just 14% battery charge remaining, but enough time for Gareth to ascend and descend the mountain to re-join the LEAF at 11:40am. They had successfully completed the challenge in a total time of 23 hours and 40 minutes.”

Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe, commented:

“They say there’s never a bad day out of the office and this was one I’ll certainly never forget. Climbing three mountains in a single day and only using 100% electric power to drive between them is the epitome of a sustainable adventure.”

Chris Ramsey, Plug In Adventures, added:

“This was my first big drive in the new 40kWh LEAF and I was really impressed with the car. Having taken a 30kWh LEAF from the UK to Siberia and back, I’m used to long-distance EV journeys, but this was a different type of challenge. The extra range achievable between rapid charges obviously makes a big impact and the ProPILOT system helps relieve some of that motorway fatigue too. ePedal was great at encouraging efficient driving, but I also adopted some of my tried and tested techniques to maximise our range!”

New Nissan LEAF takes charge on the Three Peaks Challenge

New Nissan LEAF takes charge on the Three Peaks Challenge

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18 Comments on "Nissan LEAF Joins Tesla Model S As Only Electric Cars To Complete This Challenge"

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Uh oh. This is going to be so upsetting for the Leaf trolls

#3Peaksgate? 😀 😀

It doesn’t seem that challenging to be honest. I’ve done 570 miles in my Focus Electric in about 16 hours, with at least an hour break of not charging and not moving. No serious hillclimbs but extrapolated over 24 hours I could do well over double the distance of this challenge.

You’re not counting the 23 mile hike to the top of each peak and down to the car. It’s not just driving between the peaks, it’s driving between them and then climbing them, all within a 24 hour period.

I think we can safely assume the Bolt EV could complete it as well, had anyone tried.

If the Bolt were an off the shelf EV, that is available, and actually for sale, in The Colorful Land of Pooh and Christopher Robin, then absolutely YES, a Bolt could have tried, and without a doubt, completed this Three Peaks Challenge endurance test.

Only crickets, from all of the 2018 Nissan Leaf U.K. #rapidgate Pooh-Poohers?

Yep, I thought so!

You are rambling. Like Trump, you make zero sense. Maybe you could try again?

Short version: You can’t buy Bolts in England. Nor can you buy Volts (Ampera-E’s).

Well, you could import one, but that’s different. They don’t make RHD versions of those vehicles.

They completed the 3 Peaks challenge, with an extra 20 minutes to spare!

Gareth Dunsmore, and Chris Ramsey, are the real champs here, in this great 24 hour tale, of Human Endurance and AdEVnture!

How about this challenge done by SparkEV couple of years ago: 650 miles (1000 km) in 16 hours.

I’m fairly certain today’s Leaf won’t be able to do it, because of blazing Canadian summer heat.

That Video of Francis Giraldeau, Fast Charging his Spark EV so quickly, doesn’t allow him much time to EVen lace up his hiking boots, much less hike up the side of any of the local Peaks!

I should also mention that in theory, SparkEV is capable of bit over 1000 miles in 24 hour period. I don’t think anyone or group has done it, but the math shows that it’s possible. Scroll down to “1000 miles a day revisited” in this blog post.

Earlier this month I drove 560 miles in 20 hours (level 2 charging partially involved) in a 2015 Spark EV w/ 15.4 kwh battery capacity. I’ll note that I did the last 120 miles from Greensboro, NC to the NC/SC state line, in exactly 3 hours. I concur that 1,000 miles in a day is quite possible, but I wouldn’t want to be the one to do it.

I drove to the 350kw charger near Roanake, VA

Sacré bleu!

I dont believe the Chevrolet Bolt EV is available in the UK.

the fact that is even called a “challenge” for EVs is considered as a negative slant against EVs in some ways…

Does any gasoline car even consider that as a challenge? Yes it is an achievement. But sometimes we the EV supporters should think about the bigger picture when we are trying to spread the virtue of EVs.

Did any of you read the article? I guess it could have been made more clear, but this is an actual challenge. The challenge isn’t just that you drove between the peaks–any slob could do that–it’s doing that and also hiking all three of them within a 24 hour period. I guess the article could have made this more clear.

Meantime, I love my 2015 Nissan Leaf. 3 years and 36k miles. Passed all the tests. Here is a vid I just made.