Good thing our friends at Green Car Reports read Dutch. We hope.

Apparently, three Nissan Leaf electric vehicles tag-team traveled more than 7,700 miles across 10 countries across northern Europe in six weeks as part of an effort to promote Bridgestone's Ecopia Tires.

The teams started in Amsterdam earlier this summer and hit Poland, the Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark before finishing up in London just prior to the Olympic Games, according to the Oranje Trophy website. No, we're not sure what the tenth country was. In any case, the team competed for something called the Oranje (Orange) Trophy, driving more than 370 miles per day. The teams got quick charges from a charge station was mounted on a truck that also made the trip. No word on whether to drivers finished off the tires with some smokey burnouts in the UK.


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      fairfireman21
      • 2 Years Ago
      This has been my point the whole time. Can not take trips in a $35,000 car, then what good is it for owning? (as a grocery getter). (HA HA HA YEA RIGHT). Last trip we took was 380 miles took us 7 hours, but in an electric would have taken us between 3 and 4 days for the same trip (one way), if we could have found a place to plug in for a full day (8 - 22 hours). When the $35,000 would pay for us to drive our regular gas car 11-12 years, if gas was $7 per gallon. So what about what kind of tires was this about? All I read was it took 3 cars and one big truck to do what any normal car would have done better, and cheaper.
        tagberto
        • 6 Months Ago
        @fairfireman21
        I put about 1000 miles a month on my Leaf doing a daily 35 mile round trip commute. The previous ICE car was only getting 20mpg in the stop-n-go traffic. Now that first ICE car is used by my partner who mostly works out of the house but runs short range errands. We also use the ICE for our infrequent road trips. Seems like a reasonable use of the right tool for the job.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The tenth country must have been Germany in order to get from The Netherlands to Poland.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in order to make this trip they only needed a truck alongside and a Diesel generator. What exactly are they trying to demo here?
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        I would be interested to know the overall Miles Driven by the Leaf, and the amount of Diesel fuel burned for the generator (not the truck). A MPG as it were. A stationary diesel generator can be very efficient, but there are conversion losses to consider.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        That such a trip will be possible, once enough public fast chargers are deployed. It's a lot like the cross-country tours for hydrogen vehicles, where they had to take their hydrogen refueling equipment on a diesel truck. All indications are that there will be more than enough fast chargers available for trips like this, years and perhaps decades before there are enough H2 refueling facilities.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in order to make this trip they only needed a truck alongside and a Diesel generator. What exactly are they trying to demo here?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sigh. The orange color just makes those headlights look uglier.