Electric performance in the snow.

We’ve had a little snow,  which has meant the first real chance for me to see how the LEAF performs on the winter tyres in these conditions.  OK 30mm is not much,  but it has been the cause of numerous accidents this evening.

The LEAF is currently on Nokian winter rubber,  with me driving  in eco and B, with sensibly paced  driving.  Acceleration is still brisk,  with no wheel spin, braking is controlled,  the ABS has operated only twice on ice.   Much easier than in an ICE car with winter tyres on,  no gear changes make everything very smooth as always,  but to even greater advantage in the white stuff.

Driving with the radio and heating off along a back road with a window open is a little bit spooky.   Just a little inverter whine and the sound of the powdery snow compressing under the tyres.

The biggest hazard is that most of what little is moving is so slow and uncertain on the road by comparison.

Range is reduced,  with consumption higher even at these lower speeds,  it takes energy too push through the snow.   A little extra planning required for longer journeys is all.

One thing that did give pause for thought is the LED lights,  I brushed them clear front and back at the start of the journey,  but have had to stop to clear them from fresh snowfall along the way.  No heat to melt it off, something to consider on nearly every new car today.



At work and just out and about, people do ask questions about my EV and my experiences with it.  My response is always enthusiastically positive, with clearly defined caveats to go along with the advantages of EV ownership.

Last week another colleague has made the leap to LEAF ownership, purchasing a used Tecna from Western at Newbridge.  He had initially gone to see his local dealer, but was going to go back to sell the idea to his wife, as the car would be for her.   I had recommended a visit to Cezar, something I’m not alone in doing.

For aWesterNissanNewbridgenyone considering a LEAF purchase, Cezar at Newbridge is a mine of information and support.  His enthusiasm for EV’s in general is contagious.


Needless to say after four hours of conversation, driving and choosing, a suitable car was identified and delivery is set for the next few weeks.  They have already planned a trip to Aviemore for a break.  Jumping in with both feet for a longer journey.  While the main advantages were clear for the work of a District Nurse, the lower costs of maintenance, fuel and ownership in general , with the convenient luxuries of pre-heat, heated seats and app control do most of the convincing.   The question of home charge point installation was easy, as there is a detached double garage, so fitting it between the door is an obvious choice.  The question of which charge point isn’t yet resolved, but what is wanted is a smart load sharing two socket unit, as they reckon at least one their next cars  replacementss will almost certainly become an electric choice.

Conversion complete!



The (quiet) sound of things to come.

There has been a great deal  of media coverage about new EVs lately, as well as the 2040 ICE ban in the UK.

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Rally electric.

Plug In Adventures are setting out on the Mongol Rally in a pretty much bog standard Nissan Leaf.    10,000 miles in a car that needs plugged in regularly crossing countries with a, variable, set of arrangements for electricity is going to be a new challenge.

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