I have had the Nissan Leaf for over two months now. It replaced an aging but reliable Toyota Yaris powered by petrol. We give our cars names and the Yaris was called Yasmin. We had owned Yasmin for about 5 years and in many respects we were sorry to see her go. Yasmin did everything … Continue reading Electric Cars Are Rubbish Right?
My last blog post reported on a trip I did in my Nissan Leaf and how a fast charger failed at a Nissan dealer. I was very critical of the lack of reliability of the fast charger in that its failure resulted in me having to have an unexpected overnight stop. The overnight stop didn’t … Continue reading Did I get it all wrong?
I hear it all the time… EVs are no good for long trips, the charging infrastructure isn’t there, what is the point of EVs if you can only use them for short journeys. Well Nissan have installed a fast charger network at the Nissan EV dealers and so I thought I would give it a … Continue reading A Roadtrip Gone Wrong
My Nissan Leaf went in to have the latest version of the software installed at the dealer. During the update something went wrong and it has trashed the on board computer which now must be replaced! So I am without my Leaf at the moment and missing it greatly. They have lent me a Micra … Continue reading My Nissan Leaf is broken!
Most people will charge their electric vehicles (EVs) from the grid and as the grid is fueled mostly by fossil fuels (approx 70%) there will be emissions created at the power stations. This much is pretty much universally accepted. A figure of about 500g CO2/kWh is often quoted but this figure is not a fixed … Continue reading A "Greener" Way to Charge Your Electric Car
The objective of this test is simple… can the Nissan Leaf do a 70 mile journey with the heater on all the time? This was suggested as a journey that might be done regularly by a member of the Nissan Leaf Owners Club and what a better way to have a bit of fun learning … Continue reading Test: 70 Miles with Heating On
I wanted to see what the maximum range I could get from my Nissan Leaf today. I have driven 80 miles on a full charge in a previous test but I ended that drive with some miles to spare and as I need to do legs of about 85 miles between fast charges on some … Continue reading Driving a Nissan Leaf until Turtle Mode
Now that deliveries of the Nissan Leaf are picking up in the UK our thoughts are now likely to be turning towards sorting out and installing our preferred charging solutions. Options suggested by Nissan are: 1) The car is supplied with its own EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) charging cable. You can simply plug one … Continue reading Using the Supplied EVSE Cable for Regular Charging