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John O Groats to Lands End in a Leaf

September 28, 2015 - Activities

Yes we drove from John O Groats to Lands End in a Nissan leaf

On Monday the 21st September I set out with Chris Ramsey from John O Groats at 10am with the goal of beating the 2011 record held by a Tesla Roadster of 37 hours to Lands End and then to DRIVE BACK to John O Groats which had never been attempted before !


We both wanted to be the first to complete this epic Nissan leaf drive to prove that it could be done, the time it took wasn’t really important.

To Prove that its possible

We wanted to prove that with public rapid chargers it is possible to travel the full length of the UK in an Electric car, such as the Nissan Leaf, so why not John O Groats to Lands End in a Nissan leaf ?

The Leaf was a standard 2015 Acenta Leaf with a 24KWh battery pack (Its also had the 6.6Kw on board charger, but we only ever used the rapid CHAdeMO conection for the rapid chargers)


We had support from Nissan who loaned us a ‘Press’ leaf and support from Ecotricity who promised us 24 hrs support in case a Rapid charger required a ‘re set’ if it was required, but we never had to call them !


Orkney bussiness Aquaterra and EMEC provided the graphics for the leaf , which we think looked rather good ,and at a glance people could see our position in the UK on route!

Aquaterra and EMEC IMG_20150921_224930











First run


Along the route we used Twitter and Facebook and along with a great App called ‘Glympse’ we where followed by GPS and met several times at chargers by other EV owners who took time out to meet us and cheer us onward for this John O groats to Lands End in a Nissan leaf challenge , Amazing !

Owners of a Leaf and a Vauxhall Ampera met us at Hamilton services at 10.30pm

Owners of a Leaf and a Vauxhall Ampera at Hamilton services at 10.30pm


Leaf Owners met us at Cornwall services


Along the route we loved our Rapid chargers from Ecotricty and EST in Scotland (Charge your car EVOLT units)















So after 28 hours and 38 minutes we arrived at Lands End tired by happy that we have broke the record set in 2011 by over 9 hours! The Rapid charging network is improving every month, and we have proved ,with planning ,you can drive from John O groats to Lands End in a Nissan Leaf AND BACK !





We also had a BBC news page !



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