We both really like the Kia Soul EV. It’s got great looks and outstanding features. We’ll definitely be using it for our road trips in the future, and we’re very happy to have replaced one of our Nissan LEAFs with a Kia Soul EV. Read more to find out why.
After just over 1,500 miles driving from the Canadian border to California and back in a 100% electric Nissan LEAF, we have arrived safely back home.
We ended up coming home a day early because Trish came down with a stomach virus on Tuesday. We kept thinking it would go away, but it did not after a couple days, so we decided to shoot for home.
This change in our plan resulted in a single day drive on Thursday of 275 miles, which is much longer than we planned to go on any day for this trip.
Traveling hundreds of miles from home in an electric car that has an EPA rated range of 84 miles generally isn’t very hard, but that can depend on a few different factors. Several people have asked about how we’ve accomplished this on our trip.
Our Nissan LEAFs can be charged in three ways. The most common (the way we charge at home) is called Level 2 charging. This uses a 208-to-240-volt circuit, and the LEAF (model years 2013 and newer) can pull up to 6.6 kilowatts (kW), allowing it to charge the battery from empty in about 5 hours. All new electric vehicles support charging at Level 2 using a connector called SAE J-1772. There are tens of thousands of Level 2 charging stations throughout the country.
We made it from Canada to California in a 100% electric Nissan LEAF.
We had originally planned on entering California and immediately turning back via Interstate 5. However, as mentioned in my last blog entry, we decided we didn’t want to subject ourselves and our dog to the heat wave currently going on in that area. So we instead diverted to the coast of Oregon. We intended to travel a bit down the coast and just explore what there was to see. We didn’t intend, necessarily, to actually drive to California via this route, since the charging infrastructure peters out some distance from the border (and doesn’t exist at all in California).
First of all, I would like to apologize for not writing earlier. After each of the first two days, we were both very tired after lots of driving and visiting with folks along the way. Also, we didn’t have any connectivity the first night so I couldn’t post anyway. Over 700 people have been regularly […]
Tomorrow, September 1st, 2014, we start our 1,500-mile road trip in our 100% electric Nissan LEAF from Canada to California. We encourage everyone to Like us on Facebook, Follow @ZEroadtrip on Twitter, and especially watch our live map at ZEroadtrip.com. On Saturday we did a quick drive from the Canadian border to Bellingham, WA, where […]
On September 1st, Trish and I will depart our home in Bellingham, WA, near the Canadian border, and begin our 1,500+ mile journey south to the California border, and back, in a 100% electric Nissan LEAF. And you’ll be able to track us live! This is not a race, it is just an opportunity for […]
It has now been quite a while since we’ve completed our second solar array. Things have been going GREAT so I thought it would be good to share exactly how great it’s been going. First of all, on July 19th we had a gathering of electric vehicles at our house, and we parked them all […]
In August and September of 2013, Trish and I took a road trip in one of our 100% electric Nissan LEAFs. We planned out a trip that would take us up to 1,500 miles, which is quite a distance considering the EPA rated range of our cars is 73 miles. But we were confident it […]
After 15 days, 1303.7 miles of driving, about 300 kWh of power, 5 nights with friend and relatives, 2 nights in hotels, and 7 nights camping, we made it back home. Today went fine, as it’s a drive we’ve done before, although I seemed to do it a little more efficiently this time. We left […]