North Coast 500 – A 516-Mile Journey Around The Highlands Of Scotland In A 30 kWh Nissan LEAF

2 years ago by Mark Kane 8

 Plug In Adventures completes North Coast 500 in Nissan LEAF 30kWh

Plug In Adventures completes North Coast 500 in Nissan LEAF 30kWh

 Plug In Adventures completes North Coast 500 in Nissan LEAF 30kWh

Plug In Adventures completes North Coast 500 in Nissan LEAF 30kWh

‘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.”

North Coast 500

North Coast 500

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.”

 Plug In Adventures completes North Coast 500 in Nissan LEAF 30kWh

Plug In Adventures completes North Coast 500 in Nissan LEAF 30kWh

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8 responses to "North Coast 500 – A 516-Mile Journey Around The Highlands Of Scotland In A 30 kWh Nissan LEAF"

  1. Bobby Dazzler says:

    Great write-up and beautiful scenery. Well done Chris!

  2. Texas FFE says:

    Hey Tesla fanboz, where are all your posts about how terrible a trip this must have been because the 500 mile was made without a single Supercharge? See, the world does not revolve around Superchargers.

    1. Alex says:

      A trip with SC is boring, every grandmother can do travel with a Tesla. With a non Tesla it’s an adventure, a special experience with highs and lows ;-). So i will buy a Leaf 2, not a boring Model 3.

      1. Just imagine how boring it would have been if he drove a Volt, or Fusion Energi!

        Those poor ICE drivers, they never experience the highs and the lows of driving a short range EV with such lack of fueling/charging redundancy as LEAF drivers do!

        /sarc

        1. Peter says:

          I drove 800 km with my. It was really exiting, does the charger work, range drops because of height differences, slipstream driving behind a truck.
          With Tesla it just like with a ICE, it works. I could endure less excitement, would be just satisfied with 40 kWh.

        2. Martin Winlow says:

          Ummm… have you seen how many rapid DC charger there are in Scotland these days?…

  3. Just_Chris says:

    Yet another example of why the uk should have greater ev adoption, most UK drivers would only need to charge a “200” mile Bev once a week

  4. RN says:

    Go LEAF!