Electric Explorer African Challenge – the first EV expedition across Africa

Polish traveler Arkady Paweł Fiedler is piloting a Nissan LEAF across Africa in challenging conditions

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ROSSLYN, South Africa – The Electric Explorer African Challenge 2018, the first-ever electric vehicle expedition across Africa, has begun. Behind the wheel of a previous-generation Nissan LEAF is famous Polish traveler Arkady Paweł Fiedler, accompanied by photographer Albert Wójtowicz. The LEAF is not modified in any way – it is exactly the same as the car that was recently available in showrooms. (The new Nissan LEAF is on sale now across the world.)

“Traveling across Africa is probably the hardest test for any vehicle, not only an EV,” said Fiedler. “Poor roads, limited charging infrastructure and dramatically diverse weather conditions – from equatorial storms to the scorching heat of the Sahara – these are just a few challenges that we’ll have to face during the expedition. We’re optimistic. As part of the tests, I’ve already traveled over 4,000 kilometers in Poland in a Nissan LEAF, and I’m positively surprised by the driving range offered.”

The expedition started in Cape Town last week and will lead to Europe, along Western Africa, via South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania and Morocco, and finally across western Europe to Poland.

“The Nissan LEAF is the most popular electric vehicle in the world,” said Dorota Pajączkowska, Nissan PR manager Poland. “The first generation of the model was launched on the market as early as eight years ago, and Nissan EV drivers have already done more than three billion zero-emission kilometers in total. The design tested by hundreds of thousands of drivers can be trusted without hesitation, which I believe will be best proven by the Electric Explorer African Challenge 2018.”

Apart from being the first ever electric vehicle journey across the African continent, the expedition also aims to build awareness of electric mobility and new, cleaner technologies among the public in Africa, Poland and the world at large. It’s also important to show that the way of perceiving the world and human choices – such as the means of transport – have a great impact on our environment.

“Care of the environment, home, family starts with us – with our subjective decisions,” said Fiedler. “The journey is also to prove that often something apparently impossible to do can be achieved given appropriate attitude and determination. Owing to the huge challenge of looking for appropriate electric sockets to fill the battery with electricity, which is increasingly less of a problem in Europe year on year, we’ll have to rely on help from people we meet along the way. Without support from Africans, the expedition may fail.”

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In about week's time myself and @czosnek78 will be leaving Cape Town and drive the African LEAF north to find out whether it will be possible to cross Africa overland with an electric car. I expect Electric Explorer expedition will encounter unpredictable moments, with regards to recharging points en route which brings me to another point: if you may know of anyone who is willing to share the use of their (power) socket or recommend any reliable places with electricity please let me know in a private message (obviously I will pay for the electricity). The plan is to drive through South Africa, Namibia, Angola, DRC, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Mauretania, Morocco and possibly Ghana and Gambia as well. Please keep your fingers crossed for the African LEAF. ______________________________ #plugmein #pluggedin #africa #overland #roadtrip #nissanleaf #ev #electriccar #nissan #plugin #adventure #electricity #tourtheplanet #lifeofadventure #instatravel #ig_africa #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #lifeontheroad #overlanding #africanleaf #electricexplorer #evroadtrip #travelgram #wanderout #explorer #podróże #afryka #arkadyfiedler

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Expedition participants:

  • Arkady Paweł Fiedler – originator and organizer of the expedition, and driver of the expedition vehicle. Grandson of the outstanding writer and traveller Arkady Fiedler. Passionate for automotive expeditions, producer of travel films, photographer. Originator and organizer of the PoDrodze (On the Way) film-and-travel project. 2009 – Along the Polish Borders in Maluch, 2014 – Across Africa in Maluch (project nominated for the National Geographic TRAVELERS Award), 2016 – Across Asia in Maluch.
  • Albert Wójtowicz – architect by profession, photographer and cameraman by avocation, responsible for video and photo records of the expedition. Photographer of the film and travel project OnTheWay – Across Africa In Maluch 2014 and Across Asia in Maluch 2016.
  • Nissan LEAF – the world’s most popular electric vehicle, with more than 300,000 cars manufactured so far. The generation now widely available for sale, powered by a 30 kWh battery, offers a range of up to 250 kilometers (NEDC). September 2017 saw a new release of the model to be launched in Europe in the first half of 2018.

To follow Arkady’s journey, click on the following social media links:


Sales of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance in 2017

Renault Nissan Mitsubishi

  • Combined sales by Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors rise 6.5% to 10,608,366 units in 2017 one in nine passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold worldwide
  • Zero-emission leadership maintained with cumulative sales of 540,623 electric vehicles since 2010

PARIS/YOKOHAMA/TOKYO – Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s leading automotive Alliance, today announced that its member companies sold a combined total of 10,608,366 units in the 12 months to December 31, 2017.

Growing demand for SUVs, light commercial vehicles and a rising number of zero-emission pure electric vehicles helped lift unit sales by 6.5 percent in 2017, the first full-year of Mitsubishi Motors’ membership of the Alliance.

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said:
“With more than 10.6 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold in 2017, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has become the number-one automotive group worldwide. This evolution reflects the breadth and depth of our model range, our global market presence and the customer appeal of our vehicle technologies.”

In 2017, the Alliance member companies sold vehicles in nearly 200 countries under ten brands (Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine, Lada, Infiniti, Venucia and Datsun).

Groupe Renault’s sales were up 8.5 percent to 3,761,634 units in 2017. It was a record year for Renault, the world’s leading French brand and number-two brand in Europe, and also for Dacia. Renault is seeking continued growth in 2018, buoyed by the development of its international activities and its renewed range, in line with its Drive The Future plan.

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. sold 5,816,278 vehicles worldwide, up 4.6 percent, and shared details of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company’s six-year strategic plan.
In the USA and China in 2017, the company achieved sales growth of 1.9 percent and 12.2 percent respectively. Infiniti sold 246,492 vehicles in 2017, an increase of 7 percent from the previous year.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation sold 1,030,454 vehicles in 2017, up 10 percent from 2016. The increase in volume was led by China, a key market for Mitsubishi Motors’ Drive For Growth plan. Annual sales rose by 56 percent, to 129,160 units. China became Mitsubishi Motors’ largest market thanks to strong demand for the locally produced Outlander. Performance in the ASEAN region was also strong with an increase of 17 percent to 242,224 units, thanks to the launch of XPANDER – a compact multi-purpose vehicle – in Indonesia. In Japan, sales increased by 7 percent as the marketing of kei-cars resumed.

Sustained leadership in electric vehicles

Since 2010, when the Nissan LEAF was first introduced, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has sold 540,623 electric vehicles worldwide through its different brands. Cumulatively, the Alliance continues as the global leader for 100% electric passenger cars and light commercial electric vehicles.

The Nissan LEAF, the first mainstream, mass-marketed electric vehicle, remains the world’s best-selling EV with more than 300,000 vehicles sold since its launch in December 2010.

During 2017, the new Nissan LEAF was unveiled and offers customers greater range, advanced technologies and a dynamic new design. It went on sale in Japan last year, and will be rolled out in other major markets during 2018. The new Nissan LEAF received over 40,000 orders globally including 13,000 orders in Japan; 13,000 reservations in the United States; and over 12,000 orders in Europe.

In addition to the LEAF, Nissan’s e-NV200, a light commercial vehicle sold mainly in Europe and Japan, has also recently been upgraded with an additional 100km of driving range in Europe.

In 2017 Renault remained, for the third consecutive year, the leader in Europe’s electric-vehicle segment with a market share of 23.8 percent and sales volumes increased by 38 percent. Renault ZOE was the best-selling EV in Europe, with sales increase by 44 percent.

Since 2011, Renault has sold more than 150,000 electric vehicles worldwide, including Renault ZOE, Renault Kangoo Z.E., Fluence Z.E. and Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.

In 2017, Renault unveiled Master Z.E. thus announcing a range of zero-emission light commercial vehicles unique in the world (Twizy Cargo, company-car version of ZOE, Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.).

In 2017, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi sold 91,000 EVs, up more than 11 percent from 2016.

Alliance 2022 strategic plan

As part of Alliance 2022 strategic plan, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is forecasting that annual synergies will exceed €10 billion by the end of 2022. In addition, 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles and 40 vehicles with autonomous drive technology will be launched.

The introduction of new models and new technologies should lift the combined annual sales of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to more than 14 million units, generating revenues expected at $240 billion by the end of 2022.

Top 10 Alliance Markets

Country Total Sales Market Share
China 1,719,815 6.2%
U.S.A. 1,697,149 9.8%
France 759,598 29.8%
Japan 689,650 13.2%
Russia 578,082 36.1%
Mexico 412,029 27.0%
Germany 349,376 9.4%
United Kingdom 309,172 10.6%
Italy 293,362 13.6%
Brazil 267,835 12.3%

Top 10 Groupe Renault Markets

Country Total Sales*
France 673,852
Russia 448,270
Germany 228,046
Italy 215,901
Spain 185,760
Turkey 178,646
Brazil 167,147
Iran 162,079
United Kingdom 115,262
Argentina 115,243

*2017 full year (sales) excl Twizy

Top 10 Nissan Markets

Country Total Sales
U.S.A. 1,593,464
China* 1,519,714
Japan 590,905
Mexico 366,544
U.K. 167,379
Canada 146,677
Russia** 107,168
France 81,293
Brazil 78,823
Germany 76,133

*Including Venucia brand ** Including Kazakhstan

Top 10 Mitsubishi Motors Markets

Country Total Sales
China 129,160
U.S.A 103,685
Japan 91,630
Australia 80,674
Indonesia 79,885
Philippines 71,097
Thailand 69,737
Germany 45,197
U.K 26,531
U.A.E 24,497

Source Nissan Newsroom

Nissan production, sales and export results for December 2016 and calendar year 2016

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its production, sales and export figures for December 2016 and calendar year 2016.

“This was a record year for global sales and production,” said Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, global head of marketing and sales. “Growth was led by robust demand for models such as the Rogue and Maxima in the U.S., and the Qashqai and Lannia in China.”

“In 2017, we will continue to benefit from an influx of new products in key regions. In Japan, sales of the new Note and Serena will help us maintain the momentum we’ve seen over the last few months. In Europe, initial responses to the new Micra compact car have been overwhelmingly positive, and in the U.S., we will reinforce our offerings in the crossover segment with the launch of the Rogue Sport this spring.”

1. Production
Nissan’s global production in December increased 5.8 percent year-on-year to 462,510 units, the eleventh consecutive month of increase.

Production in Japan increased 31.5 percent year-on-year to 97,057 units, the fifth consecutive month of increase.

Production outside Japan increased 0.6 percent year-on-year to 365,453 units, the twentieth consecutive month of increase and a record for the month of December.

In the U.S., production decreased 11.2 percent year-on-year to 67,883 units.

In Mexico, production increased 7.9 percent year-on-year to 56,651 units, a record for the month of December.

In the U.K., production increased 7.9 percent year-on-year to 30,131 units.

In Spain, production increased 3.1 percent year-on-year to 7,642 units.

In China, production increased 0.8 percent year-on-year to 140,753 units, a record for the month of December.

Production in other regions increased 5.1 percent year-on-year to 62,393 units.

Calendar Year 2016
Nissan’s global production in 2016 increased 7.5 percent year-on-year to 5,556,241 units, the seventh consecutive year of increase and a calendar-year record.

Production in Japan increased 8.9 percent year-on-year to 950,102 units, the first increase in four years.

Production outside Japan increased 7.2 percent year-on-year to 4,606,139 units, the seventh consecutive year of increase and a calendar-year record.

In the U.S., production increased 4.7 percent year-on-year to 1,007,321 units, a calendar-year record.

In Mexico, production increased 3.1 percent year-on-year to 848,086 units, a calendar–year record.

In the U.K., production increased 6.5 percent year-on-year to 507,447 units.

In Spain, production increased 15.8 percent year-on-year to 121,260 units.

In China, production increased 9.5 percent year-on-year to 1,320,687 units, a calendar-year record.

Production in other regions increased 10.6 percent year-on-year to 801,338 units.

2. Sales
Global sales increased 6.2 percent year-on-year to 559,361 units, the fifth consecutive month of increase and a record for the month of December.

Sales including mini-vehicles increased 25.6 percent year-on-year to 46,785 units.

  • Vehicle registrations increased 36.2 percent year-on-year to 33,022 units.
  • Mini-vehicle sales increased 6.0 percent year-on-year to 13,763 units.

Sales outside Japan increased 4.7 percent year-on-year to 512,576 units, the seventh consecutive month of increase and a record for a single month.

In the U.S., sales increased 9.7 percent year-on-year to 152,743 units, a record for the month of December.

In Mexico, sales increased 23.2 percent year-on-year to 47,771 units, a record for a single month.

In Europe, sales increased 1.9 percent year-on-year to 64,192 units.

In China, sales increased 2.1 percent year-on-year to 162,473 units, a record high for a single month.

Calendar Year 2016
Global sales increased 2.5 percent year-on-year to 5,559,902 units, the seventh consecutive year of increase and a calendar-year record.


  • Sales including mini-vehicles decreased 9.3 percent year-on-year to 534,392 units.
  • Vehicle registrations increased 2.0 percent year-on-year to 385,603 units.
  • Mini-vehicle sales decreased 29.4 percent year-on-year to 148,789 units.

Sales outside Japan increased 4.0 percent year-on-year to 5,025,510 units, the seventh consecutive year of increase and a calendar-year record.

In the U.S., sales increased 5.4 percent year-on-year to 1,564,423 units, a calendar-year record.

In Mexico, sales increased 15.6 percent year-on-year to 403,286 units, a calendar-year record.

In Europe, sales decreased 0.7 percent year-on-year to 755,599 units.

In China, sales increased 8.4 percent year-on-year to 1,354,552 units, a calendar-year record.

3. Exports from Japan
Exports in December increased 38.3 percent year-on-year to 64,692 units, the eighth consecutive month of increase.

Calendar Year 2016
Exports increased 8.1 percent year-on-year to 560,823 units, the second consecutive month of increase.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.2 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and Mitsubishi Motors since 2016 under the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Source: Global Newsroom Nissan Motor Corporation

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