This week has seen a fair bit of running around.
Starting with a wwee end on standby around Bathgate, more training in Cumbernauld, still unable to charge, ending with a run to Glasgow where the nearest charging facility was very convenient.
I was attending a seminar at the Technology and Innovation Centre of Strathclyde University. The nearest points were at Duke Street Car Park. For most of the city centre this a handy spot, with an array of Fast chargers beside one Rapid. All spaces were accessible, for EVs parking and charging are currently free. Even if the bays had been full, the option existed to park anyway, knowing that 30 minutes on the Rapid would be all that was required. It’s not perfect, but it is one of the best layouts I’ve seen so far. It will get busier, but right now is a fantastic facility next to a railway station, more or less in the town centre.
My preferred option would have been Park and Ride. But Glasgow P+ R are less than ideal for both EV provision and location coming from the East. Duke Street in effect is a Park and Ride (walk) for EV use.
An observation I’ve come across on a few places is the main beam of the Leaf is poor. Having started to do more driving in the dark, I’d have to agree it feels that way. A bit more thinking and one quick experiment with some cloth shows that main beam is fine. It just can’t compete with the LED dip beam. It becomes clear that as the light is spread over a greater distance, the level of illumination is orders of magnitude below the LED illuminated area. The clever human eye adapts to the brighter area at the expense of the dimmer. So we perceive it as darker, then see it as a failing of the car. If anything it is a compromise in the design, mainly in cost. The expectation is that most driving will be city, so main beam is less important. So as standard bulbs are cheaper and probably lighter, whe install something not actually required. To make main beam bright enough to overcome this perception of brightness would need bulbs that would blind oncoming drivers. No, I haven’t looked to see what manufacturers with full LED headlamps do, but I suspect it would involve either refocusing or reducing dip intensity.