We have been in our current house in Saltash, Cornwall, for about 7 years and it is time for a move so over the past few months we have been searching. Our house went up for sale a couple of months ago and so started the hunt for somewhere new to base the Churchley/Buswell life! … Continue reading House Offers Accepted
Over the past week or so there has been a bit of a scare… some Nissan Leaf drivers started reporting on forums and Twitter that they couldn’t charge past 80%. Several people reported this and at different charging locations and so I started to get worried… Was I also going to also be restricted to … Continue reading Is There an 80% Limit on Rapid Chargers?
Old Pod Point Home Charge Station 2 years ago, when we first bought our Nissan Leaf, we had installed a 32A home charging station. It was a Pod Point Home Pod and it cost us over £1000! After 2 years of every day use it has started to show signs of failing and so we … Continue reading New POLAR Home Charging Station
Last week I visited Westmill Farm, near Swindon. It is community owned wind and solar farm, or I should say part community owned, and the largest community project of this kind in the country. This was one of their open days. They are always happy to show people around by prior arrangement but a few … Continue reading Westmill Wind and Solar Farm
Over the past couple of years there have been some great strides in the creation of a national charging network suitable for long distance travel in the UK. There were a few false starts with several start up companies jumping on the bandwagon, or at least trying to, with bold announcements about covering the country … Continue reading Are people forgetting about the EV driver?
Checking that the POLAR charger was working at Little Chef Honiton Yesterday was a classic day in the Nissan Leaf. Not because of what we did particularly but for what we didn’t do! We needed to go from our home in Saltash, Cornwall to just north of Seaton in Devon. This is a round trip … Continue reading Fascinating day in the Nissan Leaf
Last weekend we drove the Ampera from Saltash to Highbridge to our caravan. It is 100 miles. We left home at 100% charge and managed 42 miles on battery before having to switch to petrol. The temperature was about 16C. On this trip the Ampera returned a sensible 83.5 mpg. We tried to charge overnight … Continue reading 250 miles in Ampera
I have to own up… I lost one of the key fobs for our Ampera 🙁 Oh well… order a new one. Well, I won’t lose another one! About £250!!! That is about £166 for the key fob itself and £75 labour… that is right… £75! I queried this with the service representative at the … Continue reading Ampera back to dealer for recall and key fob
We went shopping at our local Waitrose today. This supermarket is our closest supermarket this side of the river and toll so we use it quite regularly. There are two POLAR charging units each with a 13A socket and a 32A type 2 socket. We are POLAR members and so we always try to plug … Continue reading Charging our Nissan Leaf at Waitrose
Not much has happened with the EVs this week and after the 1000+ miles last weekend that is a bit of a relief! The Ampera did a 100 miles round trip to see a friend and returned about 70mpg on that trip as I couldn’t charge at the other end. The Leaf has done a … Continue reading Quiet Week