Friday run about

Not a big miles day.  A run up to Halbeath to meet a contractor and search out some equipment.  Took the opportunity to grab some charge from the Type 2, then off to Glenrothes.  Then a cruise across to Straiton for work then home, exploring the charging possibilities that Ferrytoll has to offer.  Two Type 2 points on the edge of the roadworks for the road re-alignments for the Forth Replacement Crossing.  15 minutes of charge allowing a couple of phone calls.  Love the way the Leafs’ satnav logs charging locations used.

Starting to  play the efficiency game.  I’m averaging 4.2 miles per kWh.  So for a 30kWh battery that may translate to 126 miles of range.  Come the 23rd we will make our first real intercity journey and see how that translates in the real world.  The route will be more rural and A road than motorway as time is not an issue, with the pleasure of touring being an added bonus.

Started reading up on charge regimes, both hearsay and guidance/experience from around the world.  Seems to show some consensus among the naysayers, at odds with Nissan’s’ 5 year 60,00 mile warranty.   Capacity loss is inevitable, but I don’t see it being  terminal by any measure.  The possibility of having to replace engines on vehicles is not all that uncommon, why should anyone regard the battery on an EV differently?


Diesel day.

Needed to tow the trailer today,so back into the ICE for the first time since Saturday.

Immediately conscious of the increased driver workload.  Clutch, gears, noise, stalling, you don’t realise how intensive that all is until it’s gone.   I do enjoy my ICE as well,  but for an everyday journey or commute the EV is an outright winner.  This one has all the toys, but excluding the vehicle specific ones like birds eye view, energy profiles and programmable timers on the heating, very little isn’t possible without a smartphone.  It’s just more convenient  built in.

If you go to your app store of choice have a look at Plugshare, Amppal, Zap Map, Open Charge Map for rooks to find charge points and plan routes and journeys.   Some of these tools will let you see other people’s experiences with cars,chargers and other users.

My wife made her first trip in the car this evening.   I’d commented on the people who found it harder to judge speed, something she recognised even watching the speedo. 
Many of the cues we’ve learned for gauging  speed in cars simply don’t apply.   The speed limiter and cruise are your friends.  
Beyond that she found it less stressful as an experience than her TT, again the lower workload enabling the driver to observe more of the environment around them. 

Will EVs produce better drivers or possibly just create an environment where better driving comes more naturally?

Summer, finally.

First real wave this morning from a Kia Soul EV in the traffic at Newbridge.  I’ve read so many posts in the Scottish EV Drivers Facebook page (closed group but join if you’re even thinking of getting an  EV) about the camaraderie that exists among EV drivers.   The same as I used to find driving a VW Caravelle. We seem be to such a friendly bunch.

More confident, last night I didn’t put the car on charge overnight as I knew the first few parts of the day would see me at Straiton then at Whitecraig, so able to leave the car trickling.   When I parked there was 63% showing.   100% when I left. The estimated charge time on the dash was extremely conservative.  Interesting to see how long the car constrained regenerative braking from a a full charge.   Full function in B mode didn’t appear until 3% used.  

Going to be showing the car to a few more colleagues tomorrow.   Those who saw it for the first time today didn’t initially  realise it was an EV.  Typically daily travel so far is 60 to 70 miles.  Hopefully a trip to Dundee later in the month  to see how much anxiety I suffer on a longer haul.

First Work Day.

Well the Leaf really lends itself to rush hour and the M8 and Edinburgh city bypass.  Speeds are rarely above 57 on the bits where there aren’t queues.  Arrived outside Dalkeith 25 miles 20% used.  Trickled back up to 95% before heading for Straiton.

First chance for one of my colleagues  to come for a spin in the car.  He was keen to see how the fast charge works, so we took a run to Straiton for a tour of the charge point.  Impressed both with the car and the speed of charge.  His first thought was as to why our employer doesn’t have EV’s as an option, especially as we have charge points at numerous locations.  Explained the possible range, combined with fast chargers, would work for most of our duties.  That and the fact that when parked up on a typical day we can trickle ready for whatever comes along.

Drove some of the back-roads coming home, radio off relishing the silence.  Enjoyed that the wildlife on the verges didn’t react, neither running into the road, or running away.  So much more to see at a slightly slower  pace.  Biggest worry isn’t range at the moment, it’s going to be the contract mileage!

Loving the car thanks to

Western Nissan    Energy Savings Trust





Late night top up

After a lovely day with daughter, just topping up the Leaf at I glisten P&R on the way home.  Of the three P&R so far this one is the better laid out.  4 fast bays and two rapid. 


On top of which the rapid charger bays have a 30 minute max stay,not to be left unattended.   Nice touch @cityofedinburghcouncil, replicate and improve at other P&Rs please.  

First time driving at night.   The LED headlamps give a very clear pool of light,  the high driving position feels commanding in the dark.

Car home with 89% , topping up on the home point ready for its first day at work tomorrow.   The challenge,  carrying an extra 50kg in the boot to start with.  Expecting economy to drop from the 3.3 miles per kWh today on the M9/A720 two up with bikes.

Canal trip

Not as wet as it sounds.  Took my daughter for a cycle along the canal…and her first ride in the Leaf.

Don’t know quite what she made of it.   I know she loved the birds eye view in reverse.  Told her that by the time she was learning to drive electric cars would be the norm, not the exception.   I may be overstating the case, only 9 years away.

  Plan was to stop at Hermiston to top up the car while putting the bikes together from the boot, more top up on return leaving the bay free.   Charger out of action…..  Failed.  A trip to Straiton is now required.

Still, the weather  cleared for our cycle to Ratho.