Strictly not news, but this award winning Nissan Leaf hearse in London has been doing the rounds on social media. All the coverage over the recent smog seems to have highlighted the benefits of an electric funeral procession.
After the pickup, I’m hoping to see a soft-top conversion soon. The stretch limo has already been done:
The growth in EVs is now very visible on the roads. In the last few weeks my commute has seen no fewer than 5 EVs each day. What’s more impressive, is that only three cars cropped up more than once. In the last week alone I counted 7 Leafs, 5 Tesla S, 1 Kia, 1 Ionic and 6 i3s. Granted they are outnumbered by PHEVs, with a normal morning seeing at least 6 Outlanders. Even a few Golf GTEs have started to appear.
Naturally this is making the chargepoints more challenging. The issue of EV etiquette is becoming quite heated on forums and Facebook. Mostly it does boil down to common sense. Using apps like Plugshare or ZapMap makes a real difference, as it gives people an indication of how long you expect to be plugged in.
There is a lot of talk about never leaving a car unattended on a Rapid. Common sense says stay nearby, don’t be more than 30 minutes and once past 80% State of Charge, move on if there are others waiting. Please.
For most EV and PHEV drivers it may not be as obvious as they will do most of their charging at home and not appreciate the need to make sure Journey (Rapid) chargers are not blocked while they get the last couple of kWh into the battery. One unidentified driver at Ingliston recently parked the car on the Rapid and jumped on a tram!
If in doubt about checking in, maybe use a disc like to leave a hint on when you expect to return, and your contact number or a reference to Plugshare or ZapMap just in case someone is desperate. It could be you next time!
The blue side works as a normal time of arrival parking disc.