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Nissan’s electric Leaf set to compete in 10,000 mile Mongol rally

Wednesday 26 April 2017, By Autovolo

Nissan’s electric Leaf set to compete in 10,000 mile Mongol rally

Nissan’s electric Leaf set to compete in 10,000 mile Mongol rally

Plug in adventures, an electric vehicle advocate, has created a unique version of the fully electric Nissan Leaf for the Mongol Rally in order to complete the 10,000-mile journey

Dubbed the Leaf AT-EV, it is based on a standard Nissan Leaf Acenta, with a range of up to 155 miles on a single charge.

It has had many modifications before the non-timed rally begins during summer later this year where it will endure mountains, deserts and all sorts of roads across Europe and Asia.

These include chunkier SL2 Mamora wheels and Maxsport narrow tyres to help the car off-road.

A 16 LED lightbar produces 16,400 lumens for extra visibility once it gets darker outside, or through thick dust in the desert.

To save weight the rear seats and seatbelts have been completely removed, saving 32kg. And although the front seats remain, any hopes of luxury are gone with just some rubber floor mats in the foot wells.

A fire extinguisher and medical kit have also been added.

Chris Ramsey, founder of Plug In Adventures, said: “The Mongol Rally is our most challenging electric vehicle drive to date, but it’s one we’ve been planning for a number of years. Not only will we face a dwindling number of EV chargers the further east we go, the terrain also becomes more difficult to navigate.

“Using a Nissan LEAF for this was an obvious decision though. I’m very familiar with the car, it’s always been reliable and dependable for me, and it has the largest network of rapid charging options in Europe.“