Nissan Leaf has been one of the first mass-market EV which has been around for more than 7 years now. But nobody thought that someone would use the cute little EV for highway driving let alone for rally racing. That is what Chris Ramsey has set out to prove wrong as he takes on the 16,000 km race.
The Mongol rally goes through Europe and Asia’s mountains and deserts and Chris Ramsey who is the founder of Plug In Adventures hopes to prove everyone wrong. Ramsey aims to raise awareness and inspire people to take up electric vehicles which are usually marred by ‘range anxiety’ and ‘nowhere to charge’ problem.
The Nissan Leaf EV prepped up for the rally features changes like the addition of spacers to suspension for taking on the rough roads, 6mm aluminium plate to protect the underbelly, removal of rear seats to increase storage space and reduced weight. The top of the EV is fitted with a LED strip light while the Maxsport RB3 rally spec knobby wheels replace the usual rubber. The battery and motor remain stock which has 110 bhp of power along with 280 Nm of torque.
Chris will be participating with his wife and raise money for the charities like the Cool Earth and WWF Scotland. The particular Nissan Leaf will be running out of power every 240-250 km so it will be charged through any charging socket they find through a 240V Commando plug. There will also be several other charging stations on the way and the duo is planning to enjoy the scenery while their vehicle is getting charged.
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