Our Biggest Electric Car Challenge Ever! 1,400 Miles in 48 Hours Inc The NC500!

Our Biggest Electric Car Challenge Ever! 1,400 Miles in 48 Hours Inc The NC500!


At Octopus, we support EV adventures.This was the first time we supported one and it’s a great demonstration of how EVs can do long journeys easily, comfortably and at low cost.

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100 Comments on "Our Biggest Electric Car Challenge Ever! 1,400 Miles in 48 Hours Inc The NC500!"


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  2. You should have played Jerry Reid singing East Bound & Down over the video with a single can of Coors in the boot

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  3. BUT… the lease on this i3 from Octopus has an ANNUAL mileage limit of 5000 miles. You did 1400 miles in 2 days! Hardly a great advert for the Octopus leasing deals. Can't fault the car though.

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  4. Happy New Year… Q: Was it 120 AH battery and were you charting to 80% and how far were you taking the battery down (DOD) ? Thanks for the video 👍

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  5. It's good to see other networks expanding but they are still only putting in only a few stalls per site.

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  6. Beautiful country, great drive. Would be great on a motorcycle either ICE or BEV. I haven't joined the BEV world yet but may jump in with used one in March.

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  7. Literally been thinking about doing this in a 40kwh Zoe. Do you think we could get a similar result?

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  8. Just wondering, if you weren’t planning your charges how did you know “you had enough charge to reach the next charge point or even the one after that” ?

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  9. Great myth busting video.
    Next challenge :-
    Drive to Barcelona and back during first two weeks of July. This would see the sort of impact that the use of AC would have on the mileage. Or Munich in Autumn to do the same for the heater, winter may be a bit of a push given the lack of sunlight. Both would require a couple of overnight stops.
    Plus you get a decent road trip in another Octopus Electric Vehicle.
    Keep up the great videos.

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  10. Your next challenge, should you accept it, will be to go the Fully Charged Live event in May, all of 250 miles south in Farnborough AND no cheating by taking the Mini

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  11. How will everything work when it’s 100% electric. All those vehicles that you normally see filling up with petrol will be waiting in line for chargers and of course road user charges will have be applied there as they are here where I live. Applying the mileage user charges to your trip would be GBP78.88p. I would say that’s a conservative estimate as your fuel tax is much higher than what we pay. Mind you I still like the look of electric vehicles. Getting their manufacturing costs down is the key. 🤔

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  12. My VW TDI turbo diesel gets 50 miles to the gallon. Fuel in US is $2.70 a gallon diesel. 1,400 miles is $75 usd cost. Driving time 28 hours (70 mph). With range of 700 miles one fuel stop, 10 min including bathroom break.

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  13. Chargeplace Scotland pretty good and getting a card an absolute no-brainer for us Scots. Not going to stay free. Definitely need more charging hubs like Perth where there are more than one or two chargers. Fixing them seems to take too long.

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  14. Pass the dutchie on the left hand side ha ha ha ha ha. Love it. Crackin video. I am thinking i3 for my first ev. Love em

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  15. Singing:

    "Four and twenty EVs set out from Inverness,
    And when the trip was over, there was not one EV less…"

    🙂

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  16. MAY BE TWO CARS challenge using only free chargers starting with a full charge and ending with a full charge at the end of 24 hrs drive see how far can drive bit like a grand tour events.
    needed full info on distance between chargers and who much charge the car had at each charger,
    what you charged it too and how long it took
    so then you would have miles per kwh between each charger.

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  17. Nice one chaps! But you are spoilt with your range. I’ve documented a few trips like you guys on my channel. My little 60ah i3! Love it 👍🏼

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  18. Excellent demonstration of how the infrastructure is the most important part and not the range of the car.
    Just like any Petro car, a sports one would have to stop more than an economical. Great job. Congratulations.

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  19. That puts distance to rest why don’t you go to France for your next long distance test great video as always keep up the good work 👍❤️😎

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  20. Coming Monday I’ll pick up my BMW i3. This video gave even more confidence that longer journeys are possible in this car. Good video lads!

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  21. What worries me is not distance but the diversity of charging companies. How many apps and RFID cards did you need on that journey?

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  22. Angel Adams was once famously asked by a visitor at the entrance to Yosemite what to do because she had only a few hours, and his answer was “cry”. I feel the same for tackling the truly magnificent NC500 in such a rush. Well done though- it was my first thought after getting my model 3 for a road trip.

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  23. Why bother with cars like this to lease ,get a real EV Tesla Model 3 they are the best as you know.

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  24. ok, I live in mid devon , I have a 24 kw ENV …..I would love to do this but don't fancy spending hours (days?) on the motorway….

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  25. Pity the weather at the Tongue charging point hadn't been better, you'd have got a fantastic view from there. All the same, it was really impressive how that trip went and the fact you seem to have managed to pack the kitchen sink along with the rest of the stuff in that beemer.👍👍

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  26. Look the german elelectric dave driving in a challenge with five swiss teams from Hamburg to Nordkapp. He arrived it yesterday evening and today all teams drive there again. Also on the way back through Norway there will be many life streams.

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  27. I lease my Model 3 Performance through OctopusEV – great company. No hassle and very good rates

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  28. You should have done it in your 30 kwhr Nissan leaf, then we could have seen your battery go into the red for overheat after 4/5 rapid charges and refusing to charge whatsoever on thermal cut out on about 8 charges. That would have been more entertaining. Anyway, hardly a challenge, Mark Beaumont did the North West 500 on a push bike in 37 hours odd, now there is a challenge and much less effect on the environment.
    https://youtu.be/Ee0mcrpouK8

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  29. The charging network in Scotland must be pretty good. I’ve tried to use two non Tesla rapid chargers, one in Lyme Regis and one in Godalming. Both failed. The Tesla network has been problem free, thankfully.

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  30. EVM – I have an i3-Rex and will be taking it to Fully Charged in a month. I live in Texas but it will still be nearly 1000 miles round trip. Not 48hrs though, 72hrs maybe.
    Love the Channel, hope to catch up with you at one of the events either her or in the UK.

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  31. August! I was wondering why it wasn't dark after work and why at 6am it was so light and no snow around, now it makes sense.

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  32. Dropping with humour 😂😂

    Awesome video mate. Would not suggest a career in stand up though.

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  33. Good video. Sadly, the morons will remain morons. It will take decades to convince a regular joe with his clapped out astra diesel to convert to EV. BUt it will happen eventually.

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  34. Good video guys, you probably should disclose why you chose this rural route as the Scottish government has greatly supported the EV charging infrastructure make this journey possible. This would not be possible in Wales or many parts of England

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  35. Great vlog, just done a round trip from Solihull – to Isle of Sky in standard range Tesla did 1250 miles cost me £43 over 5 days and such a better way to drive in an ev having to stop certinaley not as tired and cost is brilliant

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  36. Think this a challenge. Try driving to Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, at the end of the longest cul de sac in England. Think now getting first EV charger installed at Tesco??. Many a poor EV driver has been seen pushing their car back the 40 miles to the M6 Motorway!!!

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  37. What happens if you are at the limit of your range and the charger isn't working or is incompatible? A night in a hotel where they might allow you to charge it overnight? A call to the AA for a tow to the next charger? That would do my box in tbh. Thanks for the honesty, you could have glossed over the non functioning charging points, it highlights that the network is still patchy and that the best policy is to plan a long journey in an EV meticulously, so you don't find yourself on the back of a recovery truck.

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  38. Would of been nice to have miles driven on the screen with number of stops and time stopped etc

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  39. considering a new EV? – look at the Model 3. did buy one in September . incredible in every way. could not be happier with that choice!

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  40. Switched to Octopus (Agile, eventually) a few weeks ago hopefully using your ref code. Also just taken delivery of a Ohme smart cable via Octopus. Cheers for all the info

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  41. I did the NC 500 3 times in a Zoe – piss easy there are chargers every 30 miles – but for anyone who wants to do it get a CPS card! some of the chargers are in mobile dead spots!

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  42. The electric vehicle man would love to upgrade to a newer EV ( but still no where near as good as ice on a long run ) but even a person who is all for them, can't afford a longer range EV ? How much difference will EV's ever make in replacing ice if they are that expensive that hardly anyone can afford one. At this price ( mostly twice the price of an eqivelent ice car before incentives) they are an expensive out of reach to most piss take. That is the real joke.

    This report is a reason why :-

    The price of electric cars is not falling

    Perhaps the most worrying finding in the shift towards electrification, is that prices are not falling as expected. Our data indicates that China is the only market where pure electric cars became more affordable during the last few years. In contrast, the situation in the US and Europe is looking less hopeful. If the car makers and governments do not address this issue, EVs will continue to play a secondary role to ICE vehicles.
    To put this price disparity in context, in China a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) costing the equivalent of $1 in 2011 would now cost $0.52. This improvement is mostly due to incentives granted by the central government, and the launch of electric city-cars and very cheap models. In addition to this, the manufacturers in China do not have to meet the difficult safety regulations imposed on their counterparts in Europe and the US.
    However, the situation in Europe and the US is the opposite. The same car priced at $1 in 2011 would now cost $1.42 in Europe and $1.55 in the US. While BEV prices have halved in China during the last eight years, they have increased by 42%-55% in the West. 
    The focus of Western manufacturers has been on premium, more expensive cars. This leaves very few offerings in the entry-level segments.

    We all know the reason for this, the massive battery price is easier to hide in a more expensive vehicle where incentives are of a token size.

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  43. At the moment, I still have my 24kw Leaf, but comparing the price of how much charge vs petrol, don't you have to factor in the price of the cars? £35000 for an I3 and the same journey could be done in a £2000 petrol vehicle bought off eBay.

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  44. Great video EVM, these long distance drives are a great way to demonstrate that EVs are perfectly capable of doing them. It’s the main reason I also like Bjørn Nyland’s 1000km challenge vídeos as they are a great way to look at the combination of efficiency and charging speed.

    For the life of me I can’t understand why BMW insists on quoting their battery capacity in Ah rather than Wh like everyone else…

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  45. This is an interesting report and goes a significant way to demonstrate the practicality of switching to EVs. However, I think that one vital point was missed from your report. Which charging networks were you signed up to to facilitate this journey. A significant objection to EVs often voiced is that the charging infrastructure is both too complicated and too unreliable. You addressed the reliability question, but did not cover the complications arising out of memberships, phone software and RFID cards. I believe that wider uptake of EVs depends of solving three issues, price, availability and access to an open charging infrastructure as simple to use as petrol or diesel refuelling.
    I raise this point, not as an objector to EVs, but as a driver who has leased an EV and now owns one. Please could you add the information on charging networks used and what was required to use them.

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  46. Interesting. I’ve heard of range anxiety now I wonder about charger anxiety. When we have a proper network to cope with the change over I’ll consider a fully electric car.

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  47. I'm toying with buying an EV so find your channel hugely useful, if a bit overwhelming jargon wise sometimes. Is it unfair of me to reflect on the perceived "flakiness" of chargers (example – 11:39). You had plenty of charge at that point so not a bother, but had you been depending on it how would that work out? I note your remark that "we had a couple of 'down' chargers but no problem" but, to be honest, I think that this is the biggest fear of potential EV drivers. Thanks.

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  48. Thanks to electrify America, I could road trip my Bolt EV to my parents place in GA from Texas. Unfortunately it might cost as much as or more than flying and it would be pretty exhausting. I'd be interested in doing the math on that journey.

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  49. That en EV can be used for long trips only the fossile drivers not interesting in EVs do not know. Maybe the most impressive part is the way you guys eat in a car, real glasses with juice, little plastic crap and great food, salt and pepper grinders ! This takes eating in a car to a new level for me 🙂
    Great, why not enjoy the trip, charging stops is then something to look forward to !

    Looking at the route with "abetterrouteplanner.com" I understand there is a challenge here, only 1 stall 50kW charger ! And some not working ? What ?
    I may have missed it, but Wh/km or Wh/miles for this trip would be interesting (average for the trip)

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  50. Yep we've just done Germany from Mid Wales in a 2015 Nissan Leaf 24 no problems and it took about as twice as long as would of taken in a ice car, but then we were in no hurry. As for 'reg 4 miles regen give you 10 recharged miles', I don't think so guys, unless your falling off a cliff!!! lol

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  51. Leeds to Gdańsk, Poland and back via Krakow through Slovakia and Czechia, through Germany and France. I’ve done similar (Łódź not Krakow) but in a diesel. Leisurely pace. Would need a Greenway card in Poland. Easy in a model 3.

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  52. Will you do a video on the new BIK subscription services such as Zenith which will really drive EV from April 2020 (0 percent ) so 40 percent discount on lease fees. Holland did 12k in a month Model 3's December 2019?

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  53. Most people forget that more than 100 years ago the first gasoline cars had to buy their fuel at the pharmacy in cans of 5L. See it now with the emergence of the electric charging points as before for the gasoline car, we get used to it.

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  54. You're my hero. Been planning to do this exact trip for ages now in my i3 so it's great to see someone else do a test run 🙂 Doing my trip shortly, at a but more of a relaxed pace 🙂

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  55. Seriously impressed. I'm too chicken to drive from Worcestershire to Fife in my 30 kWh Leaf , I use my wife's ICE instead. I feel exceptionally lame now.

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  56. It is far more environmental to keep an old car going, rather than keep buying a new one. I ride a motorcycle for nearly all my travelling, 90+ mpg and 700 miles in a day is very achievable, not all motorway miles either – I avoid using motorways as much as possible. Too many idiots driving at silly speeds.

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  57. Interesting challenge. Of course, any journey is possible with time and planning and if someone is doing a journey like that then they are unlikely to be in a huge rush, but, you could easily do that journey in well under 24 hours in a petrol or diesel car 🙂

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