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
Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield tweeted a question today that got me thinking. She basically raised the question: What would have the biggest impact on take up of EVs… longer range or lower prices? Initially I thought that was pretty hard to determine but I answered that price would have more effect than range. Once I had tweeted … Continue reading Electric Vehicles – Lower Prices or Longer Range?
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
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
As our nearly 2 week cricket holiday draws to a close I reflect back on how our first holiday with the Vauxhall Ampera has gone and I smile. As far as what we can do with the car it is exactly the same as any normal petrol or diesel car we have owned… we use … Continue reading A Holiday with the Vauxhall Ampera – Summary
Having taken delivery of our shiny new Vauxhall Ampera last Monday we had little time to get to know it before we had to drive to Ambleside in the Lake District, some 360 miles away. On the one hand it was a great opportunity to get to know the car better but on the other … Continue reading First Big Trip – Saltash to Ambleside 360 Miles
Last week I heard that there was a charging point with free parking in Bournemouth and as my nephew is studying at Bournemouth Uni I decided to visit in the Nissan Leaf. This is how I got on. I live in Saltash, Cornwall and so given the range of about 85 miles of the Leaf … Continue reading Trip to Bournemouth
In the early days of my ownership of the Nissan Leaf I was very cautious os using motorways. The higher speed was hurting range and if I did get it wrong there were no options. Until now. My trip to Gateshead showed me something that I suppose I should have been able to work out … Continue reading Motorway or not?