Be careful when buying new power tools. I bought a DeWalt 18V Li-ion drill 7 years ago- and so far that drill has mixed all the cement for a house extension, drilled countless holes in hard concrete blocks, screwed countless screws into wood and also drilled joints for a large green-oak porch. Quite impressive on … Continue reading How we kicked diesel and became an all-Electric Vehicle family
I think there's a strong case for a family pure-electric car with a modest battery, good efficiency and fast charging. As public charging points become more plentiful and powerful, the modest battery EV gets more useful. A side-effect is that the embodied energy of such a car is less than one with a larger battery … Continue reading What spec does a long-distance family electric car really need in the UK?
I've been driving the Ioniq daily for over a month now. Previously I got to drive my wife's Ioniq, which was a treat compared to my Leaf. Not that the Leaf is a bad car in any way- but the Ioniq is a next-generation electric car. Both cars give you: Virtually silent, instant acceleration "Automatic" … Continue reading Day-to-day with the Ioniq
In the UK, 2 to 3% capacity loss per year is to be expected from a Nissan LEAF 24kWh. There's lots of myths surrounding batteries in EVs, many relating to battery degradation. "What about the cost of replacing the battery then?" is a common question. This is something that has interested me both as a … Continue reading Nissan LEAF 24 battery degradation stats
This is a question EV owners often get, usually after the inevitable "so how far can you go then?" I now respond "so where do you fill up your fossil car"? Overnight I charge at home because it's the cheapest, most convenient place to do so. But I never had a diesel pump at home … Continue reading “So where do you charge it then?”
Many EV drivers have noticed that newer "Rapid" chargers can deliver a lot more power than the older models. So how do the older and newer chargers compare, what does the charging profile look like, and how long does it really take? Not all "rapid" chargers are created equal. Some date from 2012/2013 when Nissan … Continue reading Comparing different rapid chargers on a Nissan Leaf 24. 48kW?!
Rapid charging any battery heats it up. So can driving the car in anything other than a very gentle style. Some cars can remove that heat with a cooling system; others rely on passive cooling. Whether that heat causes any issues for the user depends on the starting temperature, charging power, software limits and a … Continue reading Battery temperatures and #Rapidgate
Adding up all the costs over 2 years, my Leaf cost less than two-thirds of what my previous car cost; a Skoda Fabia 1.4 diesel. The Leaf is a far better equipped car- and immensely more refined. In 2016 I bought a used Leaf from a Nissan main dealer. I kept it for just over … Continue reading Can you afford not to go EV? Total Cost of Ownership for 28,000 miles in a used Leaf
Updated with EPA figures! TLDR - The Ioniq's class-leading combination of fast charging, very low drag and battery thermal management make it a very interesting alternative to the Leaf 30, or even the "new" Leaf 40 if you want to use the car for long trips. For lower speeds, day-to-day use and commuting the new … Continue reading The Ioniq electric: more like a “Model 3” class car than a Leaf
March 2018 Update - The 2018 Leaf 40 appears to have issues with repeated rapid charging, for example see Twitter posts tagged #AberdeenEVRace . In a contest between the Leaf 30 and the new 40, the Leaf 30 won! We have yet to see what response Nissan have to this. My guess is that it's … Continue reading Lets compare theoretical long journey times in the Ioniq, Leaf(s) and a diesel…(Version 2)