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Nissan Leaf to enter Mongol Rally

Nissan Leaf to enter Mongol Rally

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Apparently the Nissan Leaf is entering one of the toughest rallies in the world, the Mongol Rally. It will be the first EV to enter the rally and will hopefully perform very well.

The Mongol Rally takes place in some of the harshest terrain around and has no backup, no support crews and no mechanics, spares or any assistance whatsoever. It is a completely self-supported rally where drivers and navigators have to source help and parts themselves in order to finish. Oh, and it’s 10,000 miles long.

It begins on July 16 2017 in the UK and traverses Great Britain, Europe, Asia and ends up in Mongolia. Terrain will include urban, suburban, country, desert, mountains, tundra and every type of ground you care to think of.

Leaf AT-EV
It won’t just be any Nissan Leaf though. It will be a specially modified version called the Leaf AT-EV. Created by Plug In Adventures, the Leaf AT-EV is equipped with a special electric motor rated at 30kWh, specialist batteries to run it and modified running gear.

It will also feature Speedline SL2 Marmora wheels and Maxsport RB3 narrow tires to help keep it on the move. Other modifications include chassis and body strengthening, the removal of the rear seat and as much other stuff as possible. Finally, a special roof rack with a 16,400 lumen light bar will help illuminate the road or track ahead.

"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," said Plug In Adventures founder Chris Ramsey. "Not only will we face a dwindling number of EV chargers the further east we go, the terrain also becomes more difficult to navigate."

Here’s a video of the Leaf AT-EV:

If the Leaf AT-EV does well it should help build the credibility of the vehicle and for EVs as a whole. With great performances at Le Mans and more premium automakers looking to hybrids and EVs to complement their gasoline powered racers, the future is looking up for both EVs in general and emerging technologies that will inevitably be pushed forward by the racing.

In the meantime, the 2017 Nissan Leaf is a great little car for getting around town. Visit Collins Nissan, 155 Scott Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2N 1H3 to see it for yourself.

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