‘Plug in’ adventurer Christopher Ramsey, an electric vehicle enthusiast, has just completed the North Coast 500, a challenging 516-mile circuitous route around the Highlands of Scotland, in the new Nissan LEAF 30kWh.Christopher believes it’s the first time a 100% electric vehicle has been used to complete the full route, which starts and ends at Inverness Castle. Pitched as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66’, the scenic journey takes in the castles, beaches and wildlife of some of the most remote parts of the British Isles.
Ramsey is no stranger to putting electric cars through epic drives.
Only in September last year, Plug In Adventures completed the 1,652-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back again – for free – in an all-electric Nissan LEAF. As an EV owner, one of Chris’ aims is to demonstrate that the UK charging infrastructure has expanded enough to allow long distance EV journeys to start becoming the norm.
Chris Ramsey said;
“It’s no secret that I’m an EV advocate – I genuinely enjoy owning and running a Nissan LEAF, knowing that I’m doing my bit for the environment whilst benefitting from the low-running costs. There’s still scepticism about the capabilities of EVs on long journeys though, and that’s why I delight in pushing all-electric travel to the limits and taking on the really big drives. Doing that proves these cars can easily provide the day-to-day range of almost any driver.”
“Whilst this was definitely the most difficult challenge I have taken on to date – mostly due to a couple of off-line rapid chargers on the West Coast stretch of the route – I loved every minute of it.”
“The North Coast 500 was a simply stunning route to enjoy in the LEAF. The views were incredible and the quiet drivetrain meant we were able to better enjoy the sounds of the drive like the waves crashing on the beaches and the birdlife overhead – a very sensory experience!”
Plug In Adventures was founded by Chris in 2011 and was born from a combined love of adventure and electric vehicles. Comprising a group of EV enthusiasts based in Scotland, its aim is to engage with the public in unique and different ways, championing all things EV-related.
The North Coast 500 journey was documented by Hankin Films and a short film of the adventure will be available soon.
This is of course not Chris’ last adventure, with plans afoot to complete the 80 Day Race next year, where any vehicle can be used as long as it is not powered or recharged via combustion engine!
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