• Jun 2, 2011
Nissa Leaf 24-hour road trip – Click above to watch video after the jump

Some say that electric vehicles aren't suitable for long-distance journeys. Some doubt that advanced lithium-ion battery packs can withstand the torture of several Level 3 charges within a single day.

Here's why those naysayers are wrong: a Dutch duo has driven a Nissan Leaf exactly 1,254 kilometers (779.19 miles) in just 24 hours. The team recharged the electric hatch numerous (our guess is at least 10) times using quick-charge stations during the so-called "24 Hour Electric Vehicle Road Trip." The Leaf didn't falter. No overheating battery. No tow trucks needed.

Want to see for yourself? Hit the jump to catch a video of the pair driving the electric Leaf nearly 800 miles in one single day.

[Source: YouTube via All Cars Electric]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      1. Duo? Three guys, so it's trio. 2. Neutral? They are employees at Epyon Power, the company which produces the fast chargers. 3. Long-distance yourney? They drive around in a circle on the highway. 4. Charged at least 10 times? They charged "almost 20 times", according to a comment on Youtube.
        uncle_sam
        • 18 Hours Ago
        Obviously you are uninformed about Europe. 3) Long distance yourney. Of course they hat do drive a circle as the Netherlands are a small country. Max distance accross ~ = 200 miles... You can fit The netherlands several times in the state texas. Things are different here. When you reach the shore and the end of Netherland you can keep driving for hours in texas.
          • 18 Hours Ago
          @uncle_sam
          I am European, and I can easily drive to Holland in 24 hours, a journey including four border crossings. A race track nearby has a fast charger for the Tesla Roadster, which BTW can't be fast charged with Epyon's fast chargers, maybe I should spin around in 24 hours and beat the Dutch. Or maybe not. Driving in a circle is just stupid, and certainly doesn't prove "No tow trucks needed". Besides, unfortunately I don't own a Tesla. This is just a publicity stunt, and doesn't change the fact that as for now, "electric vehicles aren't suitable for long-distance journeys".
          Edge
          • 18 Hours Ago
          @uncle_sam
          What, driving out of Holland is verboten?
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      With that quantity of electricity a fuelcell car could have done 2500 miles if the hydrogen was made with electrolisis.
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        fuelcell car : vaporware: fuelcells are just the Oil industries next wet dream: another fuel they can sell to keep everyone hooked on their smack.... fuelcells are not practical in any mobile platform yet. Yes the Honda FCX clarity and a handful of other $3million dollar per copy lease vehicles have fuel cells... so what.... snore... the Leaf has landed: fuel cells are a still a pipe dream. Where lithium batteries have been successfully applied in billions of consumer electronic devices, the fuelcell is powering what mobile electrical systems? Market forces not pipe dreams will move the future of transportation forward: not $3 million dollar fuelcell vehicles that use $15/gal equivalent hydrogen in a fragile short lasting fuel cell platform full of exotic metals.
          letstakeawalk
          • 18 Hours Ago
          @Aaron Schwarz
          You're almost the anti-gorr - just as full of gibberish, but against FCVs.
        Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
        @goodoldgorr
        What if the hydrogen was made by reforming? Would it go even farther? Or maybe faster? Maybe a battery stuffed with electrified hydrogen could go a million miles? I breathlessly await your next thought-provoking technical analysis.
          Chris M
          • 18 Hours Ago
          @Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
          Made-up figures is about as "technical" as good-old-Gorr gets.
        Jon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        You have things very backward.. You dont even need to know numbers. Going from electricity to compressed H2 then back to electricity will never be as efficient as just using that electricity.
          JakeY
          • 18 Hours Ago
          @Jon
          That's goodoldgorr. Logic doesn't work with him.
        tantareanujellob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        You fail at life.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I use the Nissan Upgrade EVSE I got from evseupgrade.com , it comes in handy for long trips and allows me to charge at full L2 rate at home and when traveling. I did not even need to buy a home EVSE since I got the upgrade, saved me about $1500.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, that's level 2, not the level 3 these guys were using. you are not going to top your car up in 30 minutes using that. Handy for American's though. Can't see it would make any difference in Europe, where all the points are level 2.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you driving on coal and filming with coal, you're not doin anyone any favors.
        John R
        • 18 Hours Ago
        How about doing a little research before spreading FUD? In many places, only a fraction of electricity comes from coal. In places where nearly all electricity comes from coal, I'd have to agree that electric cars don't help. (But even then, you could install solar panels on your home!) Really, in most places electricity comes from a mix of sources and running an electric car is usually much cleaner than using gasoline. Besides, electricity is home-grown fuel - you can't say that about oil. And renewable energy continues to make inroads on our electrical supply.
        • 18 Hours Ago
        EV News: They were driving around Holland, not Denmark. Check the map in 'The Plan' Towards the start of the video.
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 18 Hours Ago
        what car operates on coal directly? the fumes from poor efficiency, poorly maintained and privately owned piston engine exhaust pipes is far more dangerous to public health that coal power emissions. Where coal power emissions can be filtered by large heavy exhaust cleaning systems, vehicle emissions cannot be cleaned by heavy exhaust scrubbing equipment. Also the economies of scale prevent advanced emissions controls from being installed on private vehicles: where the large coal plant can spend millions on large stationary industrial scale exhaust scrubbers, precipitation devices, and other advanced cleaner coal technologies. Your negative attitude and ignorance is not doing* anyone any favors~
        EJ
        • 18 Hours Ago
        The US spent exactly zero billion dollars projecting military power to protect access to our domestic coal supply. Even if my Leaf was going to be charged exclusively from coal-fired power plants, that's enough of a national security favor for me.
        EV News
        • 18 Hours Ago
        Denmark (where the video was filmed) has 24% of it's generating capacity from wind and gets less than 10% from Coal.
        lne937s
        • 18 Hours Ago
        only 1/4 of Dutch electricity comes from coal. However, due the the dramatically higher efficiency of stationary electric generators (which operate at peak efficiency the vast majority of the time) compared to the internal combustion engines in cars (which rarely operate at peak efficiency), electricity generated from coal used to power a car is still more efficient than gasoline burned in an internal combustion car. http://www.tradingeconomics.com/netherlands/electricity-production-kwh-wb-data.html
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they had a real car, they could have done 1000 miles and still gotten 8 hours of sleep.
        John R
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dave
        I take it you've never driven a Nissan Leaf. Go take a test drive and then tell us it's not a real car. Realistically, the vast majority of us will never make a 1000 mile trip without stopping anyway. It's just too exhausting.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dave
        That's assuming that they had pit-stop style gas refueling, didn't stop for "rest breaks" or to eat, had their sleeping quarters all prepared and waiting - and they were willing to go well over the speed limit a few times. In the Leaf ralley, I suspect they took care of several other things while the car was recharging and didn't need to go so fast.
        EV Now
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dave
        Unfortunately "real cars" need 1 Trillion dollar wars to prop them up. And 100s of thousands of innocent lifes butcherd too.
          Aaron Schwarz
          • 18 Hours Ago
          @EV Now
          Dave's comment is indicative of the general apathy and ignorance directed toward the oil industry. Big oil is driving the developed world bankrupt (except Norway). Big oil is fogging the air with smog by preventing all parts of the clean air act from being enforced through a system of complex bribes/ campaign contributions and disinformation campaigns through fox news. A real car: Dave should go hook his mouth up to the exhaust pipe on his real car for a while, turn the engine on, breath deeply and then try to tell us something else insightful....
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good to see smart people can read the GPS Nav Screen and find charging points. To bad old British Comedians had so much trouble.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      No one doubts that a pack can take several fast charges in a day. The question is long-term what is that doing to your pack. You cannot answer this question merely by charging 10 times and saying the car still runs. You realize the vehicle only averaged 30mph for that day, right?
        • 18 Hours Ago
        @Rotation
        There could have been problems due to the battery overheating with repeated fast charging on the same day. They have proved out the battery management system in this respect.
      DC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would the Volt have to get gas AND electricity for that trip?
        Ernie Dunbar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DC
        Well, no, but if that's all you're going to use it for, buy a Prius for $8,000 less and get *much* better mileage on the highway.
        Snoopy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DC
        Have to? No. That would be up to you.
        Jon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DC
        No the volt would only need gas (or if you really wanted, you could do only electricity; the volt cannot fast charge though, so it would take much longer; you also could not go as far between charges). Both Volt and Leaf are great cars. Different ways of approaching the problem. They need to stop smearing each other.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      And a Volt could have done 1200-1400 miles in that time. I've driven from Detroit to Florida in 24 hours in a normal car, so a Volt would be able to do that, and the first bit is mostly electric.
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drove 800 miles to a family reunion in 12 hours in an old Impala. I didn't film it though, so I guess good job dutch guys?
        John R
        • 18 Hours Ago
        @Danaon
        Ah, but your Impala used a great deal of fuel to travel 800 miles. The electric Nissan Leaf used only electricity, absolutely zero fuel. They proved that an electric car can make long road trips and quickly. They also demonstrated the importance of rapid-charging infrastructure to make it all possible.
        John R
        • 18 Hours Ago
        @Danaon
        Ah, but your Impala used a great deal of fuel to travel 800 miles. The electric Nissan Leaf used only electricity, absolutely zero fuel. They proved that an electric car can make long road trips and quickly.
      Michael Walsh
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the second Dutch adventure that is just a little bit nutty (tow charging the LEAF being the first one). Must be something in the water behind all those dykes!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This last weekend, I did 541 miles on 14 gallons of gas, going highway speeds (and keeping up with traffic) from Farmington Hills, Michigan to Crofton, Maryland. I happened to drive this in a 2012 Focus, not some hybrid vehicle. And in nine hours, which includes one rest stop (to fill the tank when it was on empty). Though it might not be entirely impressive, but this publicity stunt is pathetic in comparison.
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