We drove 1,200kms in one weekend in the All New, 100% Electric, Nissan LEAF

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Don't just take our word for it, we sent James and Seán to take part in Cannonball Ireland, a 1,200km tour of Ireland - covering 17 counties - in one weekend. Having only sat in the driver's seat the day before the event, the lads weren't the most knowledgeable on all things Electric Vehicles and weren't even sure what charging cables they should bring with them. Both of them, the rapid charging cable ad the fast home charging cable, in case you are wondering.

Want to see how they got on throughout the weekend? Click on the video below to find out:

The full breakdown of the journey is shown below, including driving from the finish line to hotels in the evening and back again the following morning, the car clocked up well in excess of 1,200kms throughout the weekend.

Day OneDistance
Malahide Castle Start
Lough Eske Castle, Co. Donegal 240km
Westport Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo 172km
Total Day 1412km
Day Two
Westport Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo Start
Windsor Galway Nissan - it would be rude not to call in 83km
Spanish Point, Co. Clare 90km
Blarney Woolen Mills 159km
Total Day 2332km
Day Three
Radisson Hotel, Co. Cork Start
Lyrath Estate, Co. Kilkenny 161km
Wexford Town, Wexford 78km
Total Day 3239km
Day Four - The trip back home
Wexford Town Start
James's House via Seán's House 190km
Total Day 4190km


Charging Stations

The are thousands charging points conveniently located throughout the country, which you can view on the the information screen on your Nissan LEAF or on the ESB Charge Point Map.

James and Sean took the opportunity to charge their car while they, and the other participants, had lunch each day.

Charging StationsCharge TypeCharge Length
Day One
Kee's Esso Service Station, N15/R232 Junction, Laghey, County Donegal CHAdeMO DC 45 KW 60 minutes
Night Time Charge - Castlebar Street, Westport, County Mayo Type-2 AC Socket 22kW Overnight
Day Two
Windsor Nissan Galway, Monivea Road, Ballybrit, County Galway CHAdeMO DC 50 KW 15 minutes
Topaz Ennis, Limerick Road, Ennis, County Clare CHAdeMO DC 45 KW 30 minutes
Esso/Centra, Rochestown Road, Rochestown, Cork City, County Cork (for night time charge) CHAdeMO DC 45 KW 60 minutes
Day Three
Texaco Service Station, Main Street, Urlingford, County Kilkenny CHAdeMO DC 45 KW 30 minutes
Night Time Charge - Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford, Co. Wexford Type-2 AC Socket 22kW Overnight


With fuel costing €0 for the entire trip and all tolls half price for registered Electric Vehicles, we really did have the most economical car in Cannonball Ireland 2018.