Nissan Leaf becomes the first EV to finish the Mongol Rally

A NISSAN Leaf has completed the Mongol Rally, becoming the first electric vehicle to finish the gruelling 8,000-mile route.

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The Nissan Leaf was the first electric vehicle to finish the gruelling 8,000-mile route

The specially modified EV crossed the finish line in Ulan Ude, Russia, just under two months after setting off from Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex.

The team from Plug-In Adventures travelled through 14 countries including Romania, Azerbaijan and Mongolia.

With access to an extensive fast charging network throughout Europe, once the team passed Bulgaria heading east they had to get creative to recharge their car.

Locals let them charge at places such as bars, hotels, barbershops and even a fire station – the local firefighters also put them up for the night.

 

The car was driven by husband and wife team Chris and Julie Ramsey.

Chris said: “There were a number of detractors who told me an electric car isn’t capable of long-distance journeys.

“Well after thousands of miles and almost zero problems, I can tell you that is not the case.

“This has been the absolute trip of a lifetime and I can’t believe we’re now at the finishing line.

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The car was driven by husband and wife team Chris and Julie Ramsey

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The Mongol Rally is an adventure drive that sets off from the UK and ends in Russia

We’ve travelled through countless countries using just battery power and zero emissions. I’m elated, ecstatic, a bit exhausted, but also completely electrified!”

The Mongol Rally is an adventure drive that sets off from the UK and heads east, with the current finish line in Russia.

The original route ended in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, but as the road trip increased in popularity, logistical and cost issues related to importing the cars saw the finish line head north.

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