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New Nissan LEAF takes charge on the Three Peaks Challenge

LONDON, UK (Thursday, 26 July 2018) – A team from Nissan, together with the new 2018 Nissan LEAF, were involved in an extreme test of both electric and human endurance in support of an all-electric attempt by Autocar magazine at the National Three Peaks Challenge.

New Nissan LEAF takes charge on the Three Peaks Challenge

The National Three Peaks Challenge involves ascending and descending the three highest peaks of Scotland (Ben Nevis, 1345m), England (Scafell Pike, 978m) and Wales (Snowdon, 1085m), and driving between all three, in just 24 hours.

With the new 40kWh LEAF offering a larger capacity battery and longer range (168-miles WLTP combined), and the UK’s rapid charging infrastructure well developed along the route, two teams comprising individuals from Autocar, Chargemaster, Plug In Adventures and Nissan joined forces on a warm June day to take on the challenge.

Nissan’s representative adventurers comprised of climber Gareth Dunsmore (Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe) and driver Chris Ramsey (Director, Plug In Adventures). Gareth took on the 23 miles (37km) of walking – including 3064 metres (10,052ft) of ascending – whilst Chris was responsible for the 462 miles (744km) of driving and scheduled rapid charge stops.

New Nissan LEAF takes charge on the Three Peaks Challenge

Split into two Nissan LEAFs, the teams started at 12pm at Ben Nevis on one of Scotland’s hottest days of the year with temperatures nearing 30-degrees Celsius. Descending the mountain mid-afternoon, the journey continued south to England, the Lake District and Scafell Pike, which was climbed in the very early hours of the morning with ambient temperatures still topping 20-degrees.

New Nissan LEAF takes charge on the Three Peaks Challenge

The morning of the second day brought the teams into Wales and towards their final destination of Snowdonia and the final peak – Snowdon. With the Nissan pairing of Gareth and Chris having gained a respectable lead on the other car, they arrived at Snowdon with just 14% battery charge remaining, but enough time for Gareth to ascend and descend the mountain to re-join the LEAF at 11:40am. They had successfully completed the challenge in a total time of 23 hours and 40 minutes.

New Nissan LEAF takes charge on the Three Peaks Challenge

Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe, commented, “They say there’s never a bad day out of the office and this was one I’ll certainly never forget. Climbing three mountains in a single day and only using 100% electric power to drive between them is the epitome of a sustainable adventure.”

The 2018 Nissan LEAF joins just one other 100% electric vehicle – a Tesla Model S – known to have completed the difficult challenge in less than 24 hours.

Chris Ramsey, Plug In Adventures, added; “This was my first big drive in the new 40kWh LEAF and I was really impressed with the car. Having taken a 30kWh LEAF from the UK to Siberia and back, I’m used to long-distance EV journeys, but this was a different type of challenge. The extra range achievable between rapid charges obviously makes a big impact and the ProPILOT system helps relieve some of that motorway fatigue too. ePedal was great at encouraging efficient driving, but I also adopted some of my tried and tested techniques to maximise our range!”

The Nissan LEAF vs. the Three Peaks is a feature in this week’s Autocar magazine (out 25th July).

The new Nissan LEAF, the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, is the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe for the first half of this year. More than 18,000 new Nissan LEAF vehicles were registered in Europe between January and June. European customers have now placed more than 37,000 orders for the new LEAF since it first went on sale last October 2017.

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About Nissan in the UK

  • Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Infiniti Q30 and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
  • Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 9 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to over 100 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is over £4.0 billion
  • 495,645 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2017
  • Employment in Nissan’s UK design studio (Paddington, London), technical centre (Cranfield Bedfordshire), manufacturing plant (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) and sales and marketing operations (Maple Cross, Hertfordshire) now totals more than 8,000.
  • A further 28,000 jobs in Nissan’s UK supply chain and 4,000 in its UK dealer network takes the total British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000


About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.


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About Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.

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