Just returned from a holiday where I left my Leaf at airport parking for a week. It was far enough away (123 miles) that I needed to charge en route, and wanted to leave the battery at half-charge while I parked, as it should avoid any degradation that way. As any electric car battery ages … Continue reading Cross-country in a 4 1/2 year old Nissan Leaf
A common question about electric cars is range. Driving the Leaf is like driving a diesel car with the "low fuel" light on all the time. In reality however, this isn't as big an issue as you might think. Nissan have done a lot to get the most out of the battery, and while newer cars … Continue reading How to get the most miles out of a charge
Tesla Model S 75D (tesla.com) Last weekend we had a test drive in a Tesla Model S 70D, from Tesla's Bristol showroom. For those not in the know, Tesla is a relatively new, US manufacturer of high-end electric cars. Nevertheless it is now valued higher than Ford in terms of its share valuation. The … Continue reading The Tesla test drive
How can a used electric car save you money, or even pay for itself when compared to a petrol or diesel car? Headline figure, if you want the big picture, is a £1500 a year saving. Over 6 years you get £9000 which pays for your electric car. Yes- this is a simplification. Running costs … Continue reading A car for free?
This article is already aging- it's about the original shape or "classic" Leaf, not the 40 or 62kWh cars. Why used? In a word, good value. Depreciation has been high on these early electric cars. Or at least, the apparent depreciation, since nobody buys at list price. Even so, the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe … Continue reading Buying a used electric Leaf “classic”
"It's handy to wake up to a defrosted, warmed car on a frosty morning" This blog chronicles my adventures with an electric car, a Nissan Leaf. It's one of the early UK-manufactured Leafs, from 2013. I bought it outright, including the battery, from a main dealer. I use it for a 50 mile round-trip commute … Continue reading Intro