As many of you know, I have been an electric vehicle (EV) fan and advocate since 2010. I was the launch customer for the Nissan Leaf in the South-West of the UK and since then I have had a 30kWh Leaf as well as 2 (yes you read it right!) Vauxhall Amperas. Alongside that, I … Continue reading Electric Cars – Painfully Slow Progress
Back in 2010, there was I, minding my own business (literally!), when I read about something revolutionary that came to change my life forever. It has cost me thousands of pounds in buying new stuff. It has also cost me my sanity when discussing it with other like affected souls. It has cost me my … Continue reading There Be Devils In Them Woods!
For obvious reasons I have been pretty quiet on the blogging front since Sally died. It has been, and still is, a difficult time for me. Sally was my life for 22 years… that love and companionship will never leave me and nor would I ever want it to. But Sally wanted me to make … Continue reading Still Alive and Kicking!
I know I have been rather quiet recently on the blog but it has taken me a little while to get my ducks in a row… I have now made a couple of decisions… Firstly, and perhaps the biggest one of all, is that rather than go back to working as a computer consultant I … Continue reading Progress
We have been in our new house now for about 5 months ( well, I suppose I should stop calling it new!) and during that time I have had only limited power to the garage from the house. This has meant that it wasn’t possible to install a 32A electric car charger until I upgraded … Continue reading Power to the Garage
Considering that the Nissan Leaf is a state-of-the-art (well nearly!) electric car there are some things that are really 1970’s tech and rather let the car down. One of those is the internal courtesy light… you know, the one that comes on when you open the door. It is dim. It is dull. It reeks … Continue reading Nissan Leaf Courtesy Light Upgrade to LED
I am on my second Nissan Leaf having had a Mk1 for 3 1/2 years and this Mk2 now for another year. I bought a Mk2 to replace the Mk1 not just because I got a great price from my dealer (which I did!) but because I actually really like the Leaf. It is the … Continue reading Would I Buy Another Nissan Electric Car?
I have sat on the fence long enough with the route planner. My original intention was to develop the planner to incorporate all the functions needed for an effective route planner for electric cars. I published the site (see: http://www.evzone.org.uk/planner/ )and made available a prototype version that included probably about 50% of what I thought it … Continue reading EV Route Planner – Now Open Source
I have had a fascinating, but ultimately frustrating, discussion over the past 24hrs about the reliability of the Ecotricity Electric Highway. Here I expand a little on a few of the basic premises and assertions I make regarding current reliability. The first point of discussion surrounded the issue of whether the network reliability changes as … Continue reading Does a Charge Network Get More Reliable When More People Use It?
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?