CHARGE Around Iceland part 1: …and EV they go!

Stuart, Mark and Anita – Stuart’s mother – arrived in Iceland last Friday. After going through customs they were greeted by the CHARGE team and the electric vehicles that they will be charging around Iceland on for their trip, a Nissan Leaf and Kia Soul. After the drive from Reykjavik and the drive back, the cars needed to be charged for the trip ahead.

Where do you go to charge both the cars and the drivers?

Well… IKEA of course. Mark, Stuart and Anita plugged their cars into two of the over 40 charge points at the IKEA store in Iceland. While their cars were charging, they went inside to the IKEA restaurant to recharge after the flight to Iceland.

Skál! Stuart and Mark charging up after the flight to Iceland.
Skál! Stuart and Mark charging up after the flight to Iceland.

… and EV they went!

The morning after the travellers met with a convoy of electric vehicles in Elliðarárdalur valley. The meeting point was no coincidence since it the location of a hydropower plant that marked the beginning of the Icelandic Energy Transition way back in the 30’s.

Elliðaár Power Plant where the journey of energy transition in Iceland began and where the Charge around Iceland journey began.
Elliðaár Power Plant where the journey of energy transition in Iceland began and where the Charge around Iceland journey began.

 

After the convoy had gathered around, Stuart, Mark and Anita were eager to get on their way but first, they did an interview with the Icelandic media.

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Away they go #chargearoundiceland #Iceland #EV

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The convoy followed them to the outskirts of Reykjavik and on they went on their own to the ON charging station in Borgarnes. Again they charged up with a meal while the cars were charging.

From Borgarnes they went on to the Snæfellsnes peninsula to the town of Stykkishólmur.

From Stykkishólmur the cars travelled the longest part of the journey, 130 kilometres to Laugarbakki which almost made Stuart a bit range anxious.