Nissan Suggests 'Five Most Breathtaking Electric Drives' In Europe (Video)


Owning an electric car is fine for daily use, but if you have someplace special to go, some drivers may ask whether it's capable.

As public charging infrastructure continues to expand, more destinations are being opened up to drivers looking to take electric-car road trips.

So if you're still planning a summer vacation, Nissan Europe has a few suggestions.

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The Japanese carmaker compiled a list of the "five most breathtaking electric drives Europe," and made a short video of them.

It also deployed a convoy of electric cars on each of the routes to test them out.

That group included both the Leaf hatchback and the e-NV200--an electric version of the NV200 van that isn't sold in the U.S. at the moment.

2015 Nissan Leaf

2015 Nissan Leaf

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The chosen routes covered five countries: Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the U.K., and France.

The first leg of the journey consisted of a drive between Rieti and Rome, transitioning from the Italian countryside to the urbanity of the country's capital city.

Hopping over to Spain, the second drive started out in Barcelona--where Nissan the e-NV200 for the European market--and continued along the Spanish coast.

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Drives through Sweden and Denmark provided Nissan with a handy way to dispel the popular conception that electric cars can't function well in cold climates.

This leg of the European tour included a drive over the eight-kilometer (4.9-mile) ├śresund Bridge--the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.

Having visited the site of e-NV200 production, Nissan's convoy also traveled around England, where the Leaf is built.

Nissan e-NV200 electric van

Nissan e-NV200 electric van

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Nissan's recommended U.K. route included the area around the city of Bristol--which recently installed 100 electric-car charging stations.

The final route was a drive from Versailles to Paris, which will host a United Nations summit on climate change later this year.

If flying to Europe and securing a Nissan electric car seems like too much trouble, it might also be worth considering a U.S. electric-car road trip.

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Charging infrastructure may still be a bit thin in many areas, but intercity driving is still possible with a bit of planning.

Of course, to make things even easier, it might be best to snag a Tesla Model S, which comes with longer range than a Leaf, and access to Tesla's Supercharger DC fast-charging network.

[hat tip: Brian Henderson]

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