A virtually standard Nissan Leaf will be the first electric vehicle to take on the tough 10,000 mile Mongol Rally, driving from the UK to Mongolia this July. Prepared by Plug In Adventures with the help of engineering company RML Group, the Leaf AT-EV (All-Terrain Electric Vehicle), as it’s called, will take on the remote deserts, mountains, and steppes of Europe and Asia in the charity rally.
The Leaf AT-EV rides on Speedline Marmora wheels and Maxsport RB3 narrow tyres. The team has fitted some underside armour plates underneath the vehicle, installed braided brake lines, and lifted the suspension slightly. A set of mud flaps have been fitted, a roof rack sporting a 16 light LED array and the rear seats stripped out saving around 35kg, providing crucial cargo room. In the back, the team has included a fire extinguisher and first aid kit, all that said, the rest is standard.
Luckily, the Mongol Rally isn’t a timed race, so pausing to charge won’t leave the team at a disadvantage. However, Plug In Adventures founder and challenge driver, Chris Ramsey says the Leaf is a good choice for the event. “I’m very familiar with the car, it’s always been reliable and dependable for me, and it has the largest network of rapid charging options in Europe. It will also accept a 240v Commando connection even in the remote areas when my fast-charge options are gone, I can still charge the battery and keep moving.”
Charging points have been agreed by the team with foreign government departments and local businesses that will be passed en-route.
Chris plans to take the opportunity to spread the good word about EV’s along the journey. “I can’t wait to get out on the road and introduce more people to the advantages of electric vehicles, whatever country they’re from!”
Joining Chris will be his co-driver “the wife” … we hope it will be a peaceful drive, without too much map reading conflicts.
Check out the promotional video …