Nissan has entered an electric car in the 10,000 mile Mongol Rally that will span the distance from the UK to Mongolia this summer. The car is the Leaf AT-EV meaning all terrain electric vehicle. The car is based on a normal 30 kWh Leaf Acenta car with up to 155 miles of driving range on a single charge. The car has been modified to survive the trip.
Modifications include special wheels and narrow tires for work on unsealed roads. The underside of the car has lots of welded plated to protect key components and a sump guard. The car has a roof rack with Lazer Triple-R 16 LED lights with 16,400 lumens for dark parts of the trip.
The driver and front passenger area is unmodified, but the rear seats and seatbelts have been removed. The car has a fire extinguisher and first aid kit. Presumably the event for the Leaf drivers will involve a number of stops for charging the batteries. I wonder how far it will make it on a charge in the rough terrain and with the extra lighting.
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