Expedition specialist Max Adventure has taken a fully electric Kia EV6 from Britain’s lowest road to Britain’s highest road on a single charge. The Kia EV6 ‘GT Line S’ AWD completed the 209-mile drive, with an ascent of 2791 ft., and finished with a range of 107 miles remaining.
Speaking of the challenge, Project Leader Mac Mackenney said: “We are amazed just how well the Kia EV6 has fared in this test. We were nervous about the final push up Great Dun Fell, as you rise 2,100 ft. in just 5 miles, but the car sailed up.”
The Kia EV6’s all-electric, dual-motor powertrain delivers up to 321 bhp and 605 Nm torque making it more than up to the task of scaling Britain’s highest road.
The team planned the route to cover the distance as effectively as possible, but realised that it would still be at the mercy of the weather and traffic along the way. The big unknown was how the car would handle the rapid ascent of the last five miles to the top of Great Dun Fell.
Leaving Cambridgeshire at roughly 11am, and with a focus on efficiency, the team ensured that it adhered to all speed limits along its route, and completed the journey in six hours with stops for driver changes and refreshments as required.
With special permission to reach the radar station at the very top of Great Dun Fell, the team were able to park at the base of the radome building – the focal point of the site operated by NATS Holdings (formerly National Air Traffic Services).
There was sufficient charge left to descend the Yorkshire Dales to the nearest charging point, before the team began its journey home.