Have you noticed where people choose to park in car parks? Obviously we all like to park somewhere convenient and so it is not at all surprising that people will try to do just that but there is a phenomenon that is not explained by convenience… why, when there is an empty car park except … Continue reading The car parking conundrum
I set out with this trip to try to get a feeling as to whether the public charging infrastructure in the UK had improved since I last did long trips in my Nissan Leaf over a year ago. Of course, I know that the Ecotricity Electric Highway has gone in since then so it clearly … Continue reading So has the charging improved?
Today went remarkably to plan. All chargers were working. Traffic was fine. Weather was nice. Car performed perfectly. In fact, I wasn’t going to post this evening because I felt there wasn’t a lot to say but that in itself is probably worth mentioning as it was 160 miles of easy EV driving. I even … Continue reading Easy Day
Last night I needed to get some dinner and rather than eat the fast food options here at my hotel I thought I would see if there was an option for me to eat and charge. It was convenient that the Best Western in Peterborough has a ZeroNet charging station and the pub there was … Continue reading The ICEing on the cake
What a day yet again! This time mostly good and even the not so good turned out OK. It all started at 3am. I couldn’t sleep and wanted to get to the Green Britain Centre as early as poss in order to charge on the fast charger as the rapid charge was out of action. … Continue reading Meet up with a friend, up a turbine and a traffic jam
Today has been simply a great day of travel. 230 miles of easy paced driving with regular “comfort breaks”. Once we get the charging network properly sorted out in the UK (Ecotricity and Nissan clearly are getting some way there) then trips like this will become commonplace and people will finally start to take EVs … Continue reading What a day… all good
Yesterday went well. Charging was fine and no ICEing! The talk by Robert Llewellyn was simply fantastic! He is a very funny and clever man with true insight to what matters in the world. Today is raining. YUK! So, it is 7.30am. I am sitting in the Starbucks at Sedgmoor services. Last night I couldn’t … Continue reading Day 1 to plan but trouble on horizon
Washed the Nissan Leaf ready for the start of my trip to Peterborough and Preston over the next few days. Took the car for a 20 mile run to dry it off and to check out the systems ready for the trip. All OK. Car dry. Car now on charge topping off as that used … Continue reading Washed Car, Checked Tyres
Finally the day has arrived. I leave this afternoon for Peterborough but tonight I am staying in our caravan in Highbridge so I will have the chance to go to a talk by Robert Llewellyn this evening in Bristol. If you can make it then I highly recommend coming along and if you do then … Continue reading Today is the day then…
I said I was doing the diary again and ever since then I haven’t used the car!!! Typical. Anyway, today was fun. I took the Nissan Leaf to Waitrose to meet an Ampera owner for lunch. He had borrowed my spare EVSE while he waited for a replacement for his faulty one from the Vauxhall … Continue reading Today was fun!