Adventure Team Takes The Kia EV6 Up Britain’s Highest Climbing Route

It’s always fun to push an EV to the max and see what you can make it do on a single battery. Sometimes the fun involves a tow truck and maybe pushing the electric car around a bit (I know from experience), but other times it’s great to see the vehicle pass the test. Max Adventure, a team of car adventurers in the UK, must have thought the same way, because they decided to take a Kia EV6 to its limits on the longest possible climb in England. They went from the UK’s lowest road to the UK’s highest road and did this on a single charge.

The Kia EV6 ‘GT Line S’ AWD, which can easily take you from Britain’s lowest road (Holme Fen) to its highest (Great Dun Fell), covered 209 miles and climbed 2791 feet to complete the mission. The Max Adventure crew then decided to visit Britain’s tallest public house, the Tan Hill Inn. It was a fitting end to the challenge, as at the start of the day the vehicle had started in Britain’s lowest pub with a full battery.

“We’re surprised at how well the Kia EV6 has performed in this test. We were nervous about the final push up Great Dun Fell as you rise 2,100ft in just 5 miles, but the car cruised up,” said project manager Mac Mackenney .” The decision to then continue to the Tan Hill Inn was made with some trepidation, but we needn’t have worried as we put a staggering 10 miles back into the battery by descending the five miles down, such is the efficiency of the ​​the car’s energy recovery system. .”

The Kia EV6 is a high-performance vehicle that can travel long distances in comfort. Although the team didn’t need it, the car includes ultra-fast 800V charging technology and a huge real-world driving range, making it perfect for simple cross-country travel. Its all-electric dual-motor drivetrain produces up to 321bhp and 605Nm of torque, more than enough to tackle Britain’s toughest route.

At Admiral Wells in Peterborough, the team closed the loading gate before departure with a fully charged electric car and breakfast. They then drove to Holme Fen, which is 9 feet below sea level and the lowest point in Britain, where they began the journey. The crew left Cambridgeshire at about 11 and did everything to keep the posted speeds and finished in six hours with driver changes and rest breaks.

With special permission to reach the radar station on top of Great Dun Fell, the team was able to park at the base of the radome building – the site’s main function operated by NATS Holdings (formerly National Air Traffic Services). The summit is typically hidden in clouds for two-thirds of the year, but on July 29, despite being a hot day, the crew had perfect weather for the trip.

To celebrate the completion of the Fen to Fell run, the team decided that a drink in Britain’s highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn, was called for. The journey, which involved descending 2,300 feet before climbing back up 1,732 feet to the historic hostelry, was anything but simple.

In the end, the Kia EV6 finished with a shocking 86 miles of claimed range after already completing 239 miles uphill. This meant there was charge left to go down the Yorkshire Dales to the nearest charging station before the team set off.

This is not the first or last EV trip for Max Adventure

The Max Adventure team is already planning their next EV adventure and will provide more information soon. The Max Adventure team is no stranger to running challenges. After breaking 96 and 131 counties, Cape to Cape and London to Cape Town records with construction trucks, driving across the Himalayas in classic cars, swimming amphibious vehicles across the Bering Strait with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, driving the coldest, hottest and toughest roads on earth for a award-winning “Driven to Extremes” television series on the Discovery Channel, they’ve done it all before.

Mac Mackenney FRGS, the company’s founder, has extensive experience working with car manufacturers as well as OEMs, oil and tire companies, equipment and lifestyle brands (which is probably how they pay for their adventures).

The EV world needs more of this

Historically, automotive adventures have always made for good reading and viewing. Going as far back as the trip that inspired the Interstate Highway System in the United States, a military trip from Washington DC to San Francisco, it’s always been fun and exciting to take vehicles to places they technically don’t belong, to prove that they do. actually belongs there.

In the old fairy tale, it was gasoline-powered cars struggling to cross a continent, and there were just no roads or infrastructure for cars. In those days, people took trains or stagecoaches to get where they needed to go, and people thought cars would just never do anything like that. Taking the first journeys proved that cars could not only make the journey, but that making such journeys easier was a good idea. Eventually, one of the young lieutenants (the guys who usually get into trouble in the military) rose through the ranks and then successfully ran for president.

The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System was the result.

If we can get more EV adventures going globally, it shows that not only is there a demand to take EVs to “impossible” places, but it also proves that they can do it. Like the early roads in the US, there are many places where the infrastructure just isn’t ready for trips. Encouraging people to see the electricity infrastructure as worth it is worth the sacrifices it takes to get out on these kinds of trips.

Once we get the infrastructure challenges out of the way, the point of such tours will be to be able to show that EVs can exceed the capabilities of gas cars, just as they could back when there were no gas stations everywhere and the military struggled to cross a continent with motorized vehicles .

Images (including featured images) provided by Kia UK.


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