How far can an electric car go? All the way around the world, it turns out. That's the trip that two converted all-electric Nissan Qashqais are on, in the care of Danish writers and adventurers Nina Rasmussen and Hjalte Tin. The duo (and their support team) left Denmark last June, heading west. They stopped at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai and will also be making an appearance at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. You can read about some of their adventures – listening to a Chinese GPS unit at 13,050 kilometers into the trip or dealing with "giant grasshoppers, horses, cows, sheep, goats and camels" in the Gobi desert – on the Moto Mundo blog, but for two writers on an around-the-world trip, they sure keep the entries short.
Now, about those Qashqai Electrics. They were developed and produced by AfutureEV in Denmark with help from the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, Continental and other groups. Based on Google Translate, the vehicles have top speeds of 130 kilometers per hour (81 miles per hour) and have a range of 200 km (125 miles) per charge if speed is kept at just 80 kph (50 mph) – or 300 km (185 miles) at "slow city driving." It also looks like they might be outfitted with methanol fuel cells at some point in the future. The travelers are currently in New Mexico.

[Source: NAIAS, Moto Mundo]

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