Jun 20
Two years with a 100% electric Nissan Leaf…

Leaf at Eco Charging Point 2

Our Nissan Leaf at an Ecotricity Rapid charger

Its been nearly two years now since I took delivery of my 100% electric Nissan Leaf. It has been a great car and has firmly cemented my belief that driving electric is the future. It has not been without its hiccups, I can’t fault the car in anyway but I’ve had issues around the rapid charging infrastructure and one or two of the dealers although this seems to have sorted itself out in the past few weeks. I’ll be blogging more on this in July as I’ll be taking my Leaf on two 200 mile + trips utilising Ecotricity’s Electric Highway network.

So what now? Well I leased my Leaf for two years and it is almost http://writemyessayservice.co.uk time to hand her back. I’m not sure how I’ll feel really; this is the first car I haven’t been bored with after the first year. However, since the advent of the Leaf there is a whole plethora of electric vehicles coming out from the major motor manufacturers. The only thing I can do of course, is to test drive the lot of them! So over the next few weeks I’ll be reporting back on my experiences with custom-papers-online.com the following EV’s:

  • The BMW i3

    The BMW i3

    Outlander PHEV

    The plug-in Mitsubishi Outlaner

    The Vauxhall Ampera

    The Vauxhall Ampera

    The Audi A3 e-tron

    The Audi A3 e-tron

    BMW i3 Rex

  • Vauxhall Ampera
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
  • The new Nissan Leaf

Out of these the Leaf is the only 100% electric vehicle, the rest are range extended EV’s. If you don’t know what that means have a look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_extender_(vehicle). Much as I love the Leaf (I’ve covered almost 20,000 miles in it) there are probably another 3000 miles I chose not to use the Leaf. And I think that has to be the key here, choosing not to take it. I’ve been pretty cautious using it for longer journeys and have only been stranded once. This was in my first few weeks of ownership and I think it has left a few scars! If I’ve got to go more than 100 miles in a day I’ll likely take the train or the family ICE car. Still, the Leaf has covered 85% of the miles I’ve done and 99% of the journeys I’ve made, as those 3000 miles I didn’t use it for cover less than 10 trips.

So where do I go next? The BMW i3? I’ve never had any desire to own a BMW until now which I guess BMW’s marketing department might find of interest! The Ampera? This was my preferred choice last time but the leasing cost was almost double that of the Leaf so out of my range but it has dropped significantly of late. What about the Outlander? It’s an outsider at the moment with an electric only range of 32 miles but my daily commutes is only 20 miles so it could work really well‚Ķ and it’s the cheapest to lease out of all the above! That just leaves the Audi A3 e-tron and the Leaf. The e-tron isn’t actually out yet but I’ve been invited to an exclusive preview and test drive event at the beginning of July, however, I don’t think the timescales will work here.

I’m really looking forward to seeing it though as I’ve owned more Audi / Volkswagen cars than any others (see my full list of cars I’ve owned over the years at the end of the article!) That just leaves the mark 2 Leaf. Will I end up in another Leaf? Maybe‚Ķ the rapid charging infrastructure here in the UK is likely to be the best in the world by the end of the year. Have I really just had two years of pain to throw all that away?

My list of cars I’ve owned!

  1. Mini 1000
  2. Ford Capri Laser *
  3. VW Polo
  4. VW Polo
  5. Ford Fiesta Van *
  6. VW Polo
  7. Nissan Sunny Coupe
  8. VW Polo
  9. Peugeot 106
  10. Ford Sierra
  11. Vauxhall Cavalier
  12. Renault 19 Turbo
  13. Ford Escort *
  14. Citroen Xsara *
  15. Rover 75 *
  16. Saab Convertible **
  17. VW Passat saloon
  18. Audi a4
  19. Volkswagen Passat Estate
  20. Audi A4 all road **
  21. Nissan Leaf **

* = company car that I had no choice in what I drove

** = company car I chose

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