- The e-Ruta Challenge starts in Majorca today, finishing at Endesa's headquarters in Madrid on 14 November.
- Ten relay teams of two expert drivers from the car magazine, Autopista, will have to visit the 49 provinces (and their capitals) across Spain, covering over 7000 kilometres.
- They will do so aboard a latest generation fully electric vehicle: a Nissan Leaf e+, which has a new 62-kW battery offering a range of 385 km (as per the WLTP standard).
Forty-nine provincial capitals, around 7000 kilometres and one challenge: to visit them all in seven days in a fully electric vehicle. This is Endesa X's e-Reto Challenge; a non-stop adventure involving twenty expert drivers at the wheel of a latest generation Nissan Leaf e+, who can be tracked in real time during their journey using geolocation. The aim is to raise awareness of electric mobility across Spain and gradually promote their everyday use even outside major cities.
The starting gun was fired for the challenge today at Endesa's offices in Palma, Mallorca, with Endesa's general manager for the Balearic Islands, Marín Ribas, joining the first two drivers taking part in the adventure.
They are just one of ten relay teams of two expert drivers from the car magazine, Autopista who will hit the road to complete the challenge. The teams will hand over to the next in Ciudad Real, Malaga, Seville, Alcalá de Henares, Tarragona, Zaragoza, Santo Tomé del Puerto, Santander and Vigo, and the challenge will end at Endesa's headquarters in Madrid on 14 November.
Although the charging network is growing exponentially, planning will still be crucial for the longer legs. During this edition of the e-Ruta Challenge, it is expected that around thirty rapid (40 kW or more) or fast (22 kW) charging points will be used.
The distance between charges will generally be less than 300 km as the aim will be to use ultra-rapid charging points, putting the new battery of the Nissan Leaf e+ to the test.
The Leaf e+ model
The second-generation Leaf launched by Nissan early last year will be used for the challenge. The company recently unveiled a second version of the car with a new 62-kWh battery (versus the 40-kW battery in the previous version), boasting a range of 385 km according to the WLTP standard. This makes it the ideal electric vehicle for long journeys. In fact, in this edition of Endesa X's e-Ruta Challenge, around 80% of the route will be on toll motorways or dual carriageways.
The Leaf e+ can be charged using charging points with a power rating of up to 100 kW, enabling it to be used with ultra-rapid chargers such as those Endesa X plans to soon roll out across Spain.