After nearly 3 years of ownership we finally needed to spend something on the Leaf… new front wiper blades! Now that isn’t bad. I know it was a new car and you don’t expect to need to spend much on any new car but even so I am happy with that.
Nissan Leaf Main Driver Display Battery Temp on Left / Battery SOC and Range Estimate on Right The information available on the Mk1 Nissan Leaf is rather limited. There is no accurate battery state of charge indication on the Mk1. On the Mk2 the SOC (state of charge) is available as a percentage but on … Continue reading Leaf Spy – Information is King!
Robert Llewellyn has posted to his blog the power use stats for their trip to Edinburgh… http://llewblog.squarespace.com/electric-cars/2014/1/26/london-edinburgh-mainly-mundane.html One of the objectives of my trip next week is to try to run the same route at roughly the same speed to compare power use between their new Mk2 Nissan Leaf and my nearly 3 year old, … Continue reading Power use statistics from Robert Llewellyn’s Edinburgh trip
In case you missed it… yesterday, Robert Llewellyn and David Peilow drove a Nissan Leaf from Marble Arch, London to Edinburgh. They wanted to do it in a single day as a response and in contrast to a trip done by BBC reporter Brian Milligan 3 years ago in a Mini E. The Mini E trip … Continue reading Inspired by Robert Llewellyn & David Peilow
Yesterday was just awesome! It started the night before when I saw a tweet from Ecotricity… they asked if any EV drivers would be willing to be interviewed at Cheiveley by the BBC. Well, I am not exactly near Chieveley with it being in Berkshire and me in Cornwall! Nevertheless, I am always up for … Continue reading 445 miles in one day in my Nissan Leaf!
Last week I was invited to the launch event at my local BMW dealer for the new BMW i3. It was an evening of presentations, the car was there for us to see and there were people around to talk to, not to mention canapes! I was booked in for a test drive the next … Continue reading BMW i3 REX – Some Initial Thoughts on the REX
If you have been following me on this blog, or following my experience in my Nissan Leaf at all over the past 2 and 1/2 years, you will hopefully know that I am not one to shy away from a challenge. I was one of the first to get a Nissan Leaf in the UK … Continue reading Are Electric Vehicles Ready for Long Trips Yet?
Today I needed to go from my home in Saltash to Brixham. This is a round trip of 73 miles and right on the edge of the range of my Nissan Leaf so I might have chosen to use my Vauxhall Ampera. Instead, I decided to see if I could do it easily in the … Continue reading Saltash to Brixham – POLAR Charging Post Failed
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