Late on Sat 25/1/20 "Just flippin' buy the thing if you think it's good value then" - so I pushed the button- and was rewarded with a hedgehog?! To cut a long story short, it took 27 days from order to the collection of the car. Tesla's communications weren't the best, I've had better from … Continue reading A diary – Buying a used Model S from Tesla in the UK (and experiencing Tesla Breakdown service all too soon)
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
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
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
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
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”