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Nissan LEAF completes 8,000-mile European road trip

The Oranje Trophy, now in its fourth year, started in Amsterdam and travelled through Poland and the Ukraine during the Euro 2012 football championships, before moving on to Russia, North Cape in Finland, then Norway, Sweden and Denmark en route to London for the start of the Olympic Games.

During the trip, the three cars were fast charged using a portable unit on an accompanying truck. This allowed 80% charge in under 30 minutes and, aided by the cars' low rolling resistance Bridgestone Tyres, a daily range of 370 miles, with repeated charging said to show the durability of Nissan’s electric vehicle batteries.

Maurits Havenstroom, a passenger and representative of the Royal BAM Group, said the trip shows the potential for long-range electric driving: ‘The Oranje Trophy proves that electric mobility is possible, provided you can charge anywhere. We took fast chargers on a truck, but if parties such as BAM get involved there could be a European charging network in the near future.’

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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