Challenging trek seeks to normalise EV use beyond dense urban centres

Polar explorer Marek Kaminski has completed a 16,000km journey in his 2018 Nissan Leaf, taking him from Poland to Tokyo, Japan.

His route from Zakopane, Poland to Japan took in 13,000km and required around 60 days. The trek included travelling across Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China and South Korea.

Dubbed the No Trace Expedition, Kaminiski set to out prove the electric car was not only suitable for city driving, but also voyages of exploration.

Kaminiski is primarily known for his polar expedition exploits, including reaching both the north and south poles in the same year.

One of the guiding tenets of modern polar expeditions is to minimise your impact on the environment, including taking away your own garbage. Kaminski says during his polar journeys, the only trace he left behind was his skis' impression on the snow.

A similar ideal was envisioned for this journey from Europe to the Far East, with Kaminski carrying as few clothes as possible, wearing eco-friendly shoes, employing a cardboard canoe, using solar battery chargers, and drinking filtered water.

The Leaf was also modified to be his home base for the trip, including wooden extensions for the boot floor. Perhaps just as importantly, Kaminski also carried around a bunch collection plugs, wires and converters, allowing the car to charge up quickly wherever he could tap into the electrical grid.

Despite encountering challenging conditions along the way, Kaminski claims he didn't have to fix the car once during the journey.