eNordkapp Challenge

Travelling in an electric car to the Northern Lights – mission (im)possible?

Short days, nighttime journeys, snow, ice and storms en route with temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius – all with an electric vehicle. On 27 December 2021, Patrick Hilty – a customer at AMAG Autowelt Zurich – and his colleague Björn Frischknecht set out on their journey from Switzerland to Norway’s North Cape in the Audi RS e-tron GT. This article tells you all about their experience of the eNordkappChallenge.

 

The eNordkappChallenge is an annual event where teams of two from different countries experience the excitement of electromobility while proving that electric vehicles are also great for long-distance journeys and extreme conditions. The teams start at home, before crossing Germany, Denmark and Norway along the west coast and the Atlantic route up to the North Cape – the northernmost point in Europe that can be reached by road from the mainland. The return journey takes place alone or in a group via Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The challenge is to withstand the harsh winter conditions, all in an electric car – challenge accepted! Two colleagues, Patrick Hilty and Björn Frischknecht, formed one of the 19 teams that undertook this journey from 27 December 2021 to 7 January 2022. 

 

Fast charging and a smooth ride

They drove a total of 7,500 kilometres and took short breaks every 200 to 250 kilometres to charge the vehicle. The Audi RS e-tron GT has a fast-charging capacity of up to 265 kW and so charged very quickly, meaning that breaks sometimes felt almost too short. Average consumption during the trip was around 30 kW/100 km.

Regular recharging breaks made the journey very enjoyable, giving the team time to soak up the views and surrounding scenery. Although the challenge took place in the middle of winter and consequently there weren’t many hours of daylight, the two agree that the breaks made a nice change. Having 4x4 drive made light work of winter temperatures and roads covered in snow and ice, so that they didn’t even need to use snow chains. Some of the other vehicles with front-wheel or rear-wheel drive were unable to continue their journey to the North Cape and had to turn around en route.

Despite wintry road conditions, driving in the Audi RS e-tron GT was particularly enjoyable because there was no vibration or engine noise and the car always felt very safe.

 

Travelling electric? No problem!

Patrick Hilty and Björn Frischknecht saw the return journey as the biggest challenge, covering almost 2,400 kilometres in just 26 hours and 26 minutes, including breaks. Yet with the Audi RS e-tron GT, they were again fully equipped for this challenge.

After their experience of the eNordkappChallenge, Patrick Hilty and Björn Frischknecht are convinced that with good planning and the right mindset, travelling and everyday life are both achievable with electric vehicles. We wish you a fantastic and enjoyable ride!

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