Chris Ramsey and his wife, from Plug In Adventures, plan to take the fully electric Nissan LEAF half way across the world in the Mongol Rally 2017. Making an electric statement, their epic journey could be enough to change the minds of people everywhere.
Shifting the world from a predominantly fuel driven place to an electric one is a gigantic feat that is currently happening at a gradual rate, yet the growing risk of global warming continues to add more urgency to this electric shift year-on-year. Despite the fact that the electric vehicle presence is growing, fuel engines still hold the overwhelming majority. How then, in a predominantly fuel-driven world, can we increase the speed of this electric shift?
Besides making governmental laws that increase this shift, all individuals can hope to do is to change the minds of the car users that still hold negative stereotypes on electric driving. Chris Ramsey from Plug In Adventures plans to do exactly that, by taking matters into his own hands and proving to the world that electric vehicles are just as versatile and practical as any fuel engine. Chris and his wife plan to be the first people ever to participate in the Mongol Rally in a fully electric vehicle. The vehicle of choice is the New Nissan LEAF, the 30kwh LEAF Acenta to be specific, and their goal is to prove to the world that an everyday electric car can travel 10,000 miles, including many off-road features, sparse charging points and little support, and still be equally as capable as any fuel powered car.
The Mongol Rally 2017
The Mongol Rally is one of the most exciting events to take place this year and, if you haven’t already heard of it, now is the time to read all about it. Every year the Mongol Rally starts in Goodwood Racing Circuit in Chichester UK and typically finishes in the Kazakhstan capital, Ulaanbaatar. This year the rally has been taken one step further, extending the finish line to Ulan-Ude in Eastern Russia. This long-haul rally pushes every car (and the drivers) to their limit with no set route, no support and a rough distance of up to 10,000 miles (depending on the route you take). The event is non-competitive and done for the adventure and kicks off on Sunday 16th July.
Who Are Plug In Adventures?
Plug In Adventures are a team of electric vehicle enthusiasts who continue to push the boundaries of electric car capabilities. Already driving several large feats such as Lands End to John Groats and back in an fully electric car, they continue to drive incredible distances in fully electric vehicles. The Mongolian adventure will make a huge statement for the Nissan LEAF and an even bigger statement for electric vehicles everywhere.
Chris Ramsey, founder of Plug In Adventures, has a huge passion for electric car technology and an equally large passion for making the world a more environmentally friendly place. Plug In Adventures have therefore incorporated this passion into this incredible challenge, but they have also raised over £3,000 for their journey. The incredible fundraising is partly towards financing their travels and the rest is going towards WWF Scotland and CoolEarth, both charities that Chris Ramsey is incredibly passionate about.
Not only have Plug In Adventures raised money towards charity, they have also been invited to stop off at the Astana ‘Future Energy’s’ Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan. Plug In Adventures have the privilege of talking to senior officials and government dignitaries from Kazakhstan and countries from all over the world. Their ambitious efforts with the Nissan LEAF has allowed them the privilege of expressing their ideas about environmental strategies on a worldwide scale. There will be over 115 countries talking about EV’s, charging infrastructures, the importance of climate change initiatives and how EV’s can play a part.
The Nissan LEAF New and Improved
Plug In Adventures predict that their long-haul journey could take roughly six to eight weeks of driving. To ensure the Nissan LEAF can endure a cross-continental journey with some off-road driving involved, the car has been adapted for the task. Keeping it as minimal as possible, the Nissan LEAF has raised the suspensions, protected the bottom of the vehicle, ripped out the rear seats, saving 34kg, and added a roof rack and rally tyres. The 30kW Nissan LEAF Acenta is now as prepared as possible, with the added features ensuring an off-road capability as well as long distance endurance.
That’s One Small Step for The Nissan LEAF, A giant Leap for Electric Cars
The journey in the Nissan LEAF has been strategically planned to meet every charging point comfortably within the maximum distance. If this task can be accomplished with minimal challenge, they will have made one of the biggest electric vehicle statements to date. Hopefully this incredible challenge will get people talking and potentially this can help encourage a more electric world.
Chris Ramsey and Plug In Adventures are proving that you don’t need to have authority or status to make a difference. They may not be able to change the laws to favor electric driving, nor can they decide governmental budgets to encourage moving away from fuel, however every single person can do their own bit to change the opinions of the people around them. When Chris and his wife travel 10,000 miles across the world in a fully electric vehicle, people will have a new perspective on the Nissan LEAF and more importantly, a new perspective on electric cars.