I DROVE THE 2018 NISSAN LEAF UP A VOLCANO

Yes, really.

And you can read all about it in the next edition of Autovolt Magazine.

I’ve just returned from the beautiful volcanic moon of Tenerife, where I’ve been testing the brand 2018 Nissan Leaf and the E-NV200 for the first time.

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2018 Nissan Leaf

 

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E-NV200

I had never been to Tenerife before and can honestly say that I was surprised by the beautiful and unique landscape of a destination often associated with being (just) a party destination.

Tenerife is home to Teide; one of the tallest volcanoes base-to-peak in the world, with an incredible 7,500m height from the ocean floor. It is an active volcano, with its last eruption taking place in 1909 and there are suggestions that another eruption is on the cards.

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Volcano Teide

Interestingly, I discovered that the area surrounding the volcano has geological similarities to the planet Mars and therefore is used in some Mars-related studies. That also explains why Tenerife is a common location choice for sci-fi film sets too.

We were staying in the Instituto Tecnológico y de Energías Renovables (ITER), a fascinating renewable energy research centre, in the Villa Casas Bioclimáticas. These are 24 individual bioclimatic villas, built solely from recycled and recyclable materials and powered by thorough integration of solar and wind power, renewable water treatment, and waste recycling. These luxurious and modern homes can be booked by tourists year-round and it’s pretty cool to be surrounded by the sea, the solar panels and the oddly hypnotic sound of the wind turbines.

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Nissan were using this unique location as a means to reflect their “Electric Ecosystem” vision. This encompasses home car charging solutions, business, on the road, recycling batteries with a second-life and selling solar panels and prioritises free or low-cost power. Or even making money by selling back to the grid.

It was a fantastic location to trial the highly anticipated 2018 Leaf and see if it had the potential to continue Nissan’s success in the EV global market. In typical style, I was keen to take the car for an adventure, but this time Nissan had planned the adventure for me already (it’s like they read my mind) and I was excited to learn we would be driving the car 2,400m up the volcano Teide- a pretty epic journey even by my standards.

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But did the newest Leaf live up to expectations? Would it be a car I would like to drive again? Did the new e-Pedal revolutionise my driving style? Did I make it up to the top of the summit with my battery intact? Did I manage to destroy the one ring to rule them all in the volcanic fire?

>>> Find out in the next edition of Autovolt Magazine

 

 

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