Tag Archives: Charging

Open Energy Monitor – Control and Monitor our Electricity Use

We had our solar panels installed nearly 4 years ago. We have had an electric car for a similar period. During that time I have been able to monitor our house electricity use, our solar generation and to charge the car. This has worked quite well but it is not really an integrated system. Moreover, … Continue reading Open Energy Monitor – Control and Monitor our Electricity Use

Ecotricity Electric Highway – Is it as reliable as people make out?

I have been having some very interesting conversations over the past couple of days on Twitter with a few people who are suggesting that I am over negative regarding the reliability of the Highway. While I respect their opinions I feel that I am not over negative and here’s why… Their argument is that the … Continue reading Ecotricity Electric Highway – Is it as reliable as people make out?

Great News! Nissan Charger in Plymouth now 24/7

Ever since Vospers of Plymouth had their rapid charger installed it has been like most Nissan dealers… available only during office hours. In fact, again like many other dealers, they have kept the charger locked out of hours and the barrier down preventing access. Also, they have set up the charger to need a RFID … Continue reading Great News! Nissan Charger in Plymouth now 24/7

445 miles in one day in my Nissan Leaf!

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!

Are Electric Vehicles Ready for Long Trips Yet?

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?

Should Rapid Chargers be Installed at Shopping Locations?

In a way Ecotricity has been one of the biggest supporters of electric cars in the UK. They committed to installing an “Electric Highway”, a network of rapid chargers sited mainly at motorway service areas and without their network driving electric cars for long trips in the UK would be difficult or near on impossible! … Continue reading Should Rapid Chargers be Installed at Shopping Locations?

Saltash to Brixham – POLAR Charging Post Failed

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