At 70mph the Hyundai Ioniq travels 25% further than a Nissan Leaf on a unit of electricity... I had the opportunity to compare my Leaf (Mk1.5, 2013) to our new Hyundai Ioniq today. In an attempt to make it a reasonably accurate test, we used 2 different speeds, 50 and 70mph, with a GPS speedometer … Continue reading Leaf vs Ioniq energy efficiency real-world test
In my post "A car for free" I outlined the maths that led to me buying a Leaf. I do a bit more than an average amount of miles per year. What if you don't do many miles? Maybe you're looking at swapping the second car in the family to electric. An EV should be … Continue reading “I don’t do many miles, an electric car won’t be worth it for me”
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
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