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Nissan Leaf goes on epic road trips

Nissan wants to dispel range anxiety keeping many people from EVs

Published: August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM
Updated: October 11, 2021, 10:23 AM

Nissan Leaf at Neuschwanstein Castle

Nissan attempts to dispel the range anxiety keeping many people out of electric vehicles, by taking its Nissan compact EV hatchback on a recreational tour of six scenic drives.

The Leaf who went “off the grid,” so to speak, was the 30 kWh version, which when fully charged has enough electricity on board to cover 250 km (under ideal driving and climatic conditions).

The car took a Grand Tour of some of the most scenic driving routes in Europe, including Italy’s iconic volcano, Mt. Etna, on Sicily, the southern shore of Spain around Granada, the region of Nordmøre, Norway, at the southern tip of the Norwegian Sea, southern Scotland’s Clatteringshaws Loch in Galloway Forest Park, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France, and southern Bavaria in Germany around Neuschwanstein Castle.

In total, the Leaf managed 400 km in roundtrips around the various scenic routes to showcase its economy (especially on the wallet, where it’s rated at £2.50 per 100 km, or about $4.25 Canadian). The trip was partly also undertaken due to Europeans’ preference to travel by car over all other forms of transportation.

It would be interesting to learn of other, perhaps more epic roadtrips, given the infrastructure available in many parts of Europe (including 2,800 quick chargers that can have the car charged to 80% and ready for another 200 km).

“The Nissan Leaf is much more than just a city car. With five seats and 370 litres standard luggage capacity, the Nissan LEAF 30 kWh is perfect for those long family getaways this summer,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles at Nissan Europe. “Leaf’s low running costs and quiet drivetrain make family holidays cheaper and more peaceful than ever before. What’s more, the Grand Tour demonstrates Nissan’s commitment to our vision for intelligent mobility, showing how innovative technologies are helping to integrate EVs into modern family life.”

Nissan pioneered the mass-production EV movement and has sold more than 228,000 Leafs worldwide.