In April 2018, after a ~12 month search, I finally found the right EV: a 2013 Nissan Leaf ‘G’ spec with 10 bars of battery remaining.
(Reasons for this particular decision to be expanded upon…)
I flew to Auckland, met the previous owner at the Manakau ABS Centre (intending to do a quick charge, not realising that a) it was a slow charger b) it was broken), and picked up the car. Money was exchanged, and I was off on my drive back to Wellington.
Normally I’d drive Auckland <> Wellington with a couple of quick breaks. Given I was stopping hourly for a charge, I had some chunks of time to write a short story of my adventure. I used a twitter thread. Here it is.
1) 700km from South Auckland > Wellington, via Rotorua. 11 interim stops, all involving some level of charging. 16 hours total, door to door.
* might make an allowance for another Kombi or a 1970s Corvette. 🙂
12/10 awesome experience
1/10 wouldn’t do it again