Two electric cars ran a lap around the Gran Canaria on Sunday without stopping to recharge, to prove that electric vehicles can be used on the Canary Islands.
There has been a general perception that electric cars would not be of great value on the Canary Islands, but the myth can now be regarded as improper. The cars drove 176.5 km in areas with many hills. They started in Las Palmas, and then drove through Vecindario, Maspalomas, Mogan, La Aldea de San Nicolás, Agaete, Gáldar, Guide and back to Las Palmas.
Those who organized the event were AUVE, a user association for electric cars, and the businesses Limonium Canarias and Oceanográfica Divulgación in collaboration with a Spanish TV channel. The tour was conducted to mark the end of the European Mobility Week and aimed to demonstrate that electric vehicles are a reality to be reckoned with in today’s society.
The vehicles used were Kia Soul EV, and when they came back to Las Palmas, they still had 25% remaining battery capacity and thus had still enough power to run more than 59 km. The current cost of driving these 176.5 km was 1.7 € per car (Canary Price with night tariff), which is about a tenth of the cost of fuel for the equivalent petrol-powered car.
Facts about the cars
Kia Soul EV, automatic transmission and 81 kW / 111 hp. Electric motor. Battery: Lithium Polymer, 27 kWh, 360 V. Maximum speed 145 km / h, acceleration from 0 to 100 in 11.6 seconds, total weight 1565 kg. 5 doors and 5 seats. The car is sold in Spain with 7 year warranty or 150,000 km (whichever is reached first). The price in Spain is about € 26,300 including a quick charger, or € 23,000 without a quick charger.
With the quick charger the vehicle can be recharged to 83% in about half an hour, and then the charging is being switched off to protect the batteries. If you want to charge completely you must use another charging cable. The cars can also be charged via a standard electrical socket and then it takes about 14 hours to fully charge the battery.