|An unprecedented journey of 12,500kms through ten countries has been achieved in 42 days by three Nissan LEAF electric vehicles using DBT CEV fast charging technology. The feat is thought to be the longest journey achieved by these electric vehicles in such a condensed period of time, something only possible through the use of fast charging technology.
The Oranje Trophy journey started on 14 June in Amsterdam and took the travelling motorcade of 30 vehicles (comprising cars, vans, trucks and motorbikes) through Poland and the Ukraine, where they stopped to support the Netherland’s footballers playing in Euro 2012. They then drove up through Russia, all the way to the North Cape in Finland – after which the crews headed back through Norway, Sweden and Denmark to finish in London in time for the opening of the Holland Heineken House in Alexandra Palace ahead of the Olympic Games.
Along the journey, the Nissan LEAFs were replenished by electric charging company DBT CEV’s unique DC Quick Charging technology which allows compatible electric vehicles to recharge up to 80% of their batteries in less than 30 minutes. This enabled the competing electric vehicles to travel distances of 120-130kms per charge and, at times, up to 600kms per day, putting them on an equal footing with their fellow competitors driving regular internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
The achievement is all the more important for the United Kingdom’s workforce. DBT CEV’s fast chargers are due to be manufactured in Sunderland following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year between Nissan and Gateshead College for the development of a Zero Emission Centre for Excellence.