Road trips in Electric Vehicles (where there are no dedicated charging stations)
The test run of my African LEAF around Eastern Poland was a success :) The car performed well; it worked, it “starts” at the push of a button :) It just got a little dusty on the gravel roads along the Eastern border and in the Bieszczady Mountains.
For seven days I drove 2514 kilometers and charged the car’s batteries 16 times. On the last day of the trip (from Cisna to Puszczykowo) I travelled 724 kilometers, charging the car 3 times (2 times to completion). Every night I charged the batteries from a regular power source/ socket provided by the owners of my overnight accommodation. Sometimes I also charged on the road during lunch breaks. All in all, out of 16 times, 6 were from dedicated chargers. The cost of driving over 2,500 kilometers was………£8 !!! (in several places we were asked to pay for the use of the socket).
The range of the car positively surprised me :) When driving economically (at a speed of about 60 km / h and taking into consideration any elevations in the ground) , I was able to reach the declared (by the manufacturer) 250 kilometers on a single charge, with an additional reserve of 10-20 kilometers. This will allow me to plan in advance for up to 200 kilometers of a daily range in Africa as well as search for an electrical system in which to recharge the vehicle.
The main roads obviously enabled me to travel faster, and naturally the range dropped to about 200 kilometers (whenever the speed goes above 100 km / h it will drop below 200 km).
Driving an electric car has been an absolutely innovative experience for me. At first, the changes were immediately different and unusual, especially having been used to the traditional type of car; mainly the lack of engine noise and no gears (only one forward and reverse) to get used to. But gradually, these differences became an ally, and I found them enjoyable.
The current generation of the Leaf is a car designed for urban driving, where its provided range is sufficient enough. However, an additional 50 kilometers and a solid network of high-speed chargers would of course, be useful for further and faster excursions. Unfortunately, in Poland there are still many blank spaces to be filled on the map of fast chargers. Even the Ukraine has more chargers available :(
Fortunately, new installations are in the planning for Poland, with organisations like GreenWay Infrastructure in the picture. You will not have to wait much longer for Nissan to extend their range limit as the second generation Leaf will be arriving in 2018.