The Couple Off On An Electric Adventure To Mongolia
Although electric car ownership is slowly increasing, sadly fuel engines still far outnumber these greener vehicles. Plug In Adventures are hoping to change that and challenge perceptions of electric transport by taking part in the Mongol Rally 2017 and race in a fully electric Nissan Leaf.
Chris Ramsey, founder of Plug In Adventures, and his wife Julie will be attempting the race as the first ever competitors in an electric vehicle. The race starts at Goodwood Racing Circuit in Chichester on 16th July and finishes in Ulan-Ude in Eastern Russia some 6-8 weeks later. Their aim is to show the public that an ordinary electric car can travel up to 10,000 miles with just a few charging points and still be as efficient and reliable as any petrol powered car.
Their vehicle of choice is an adapted 30kW Nissan LEAF Acenta. To make the car more efficient the couple have raised the suspension, protected the bottom of the vehicle, ripped out the rear seats and added a roof rack and rally tyres enabling them to save 34kg of weight.
Entrants have to self-fund their journey (mostly done through sponsorship) and Chris and Julie have raised over £3,000 for the journey which after expenses will be donated to their dedicated environmental charities of WWF Scotland and CoolEarth.
You can read more about Chris & Julia’s electric adventure here