What first name would you like to appear in the review?
What is the make and model of your EV?
Nissan LEAF Tekna
What year was your EV registered?
How long have you owned your EV?
2 – 3 years
What is the mileage on your EV?
30,000 – 40,000 miles
How many EVs have you owned?
This is my first
What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?
Why did you choose this car?
Price, comfort and equipment levels.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car.
- low running cost.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car.
- lack of reliable CHAdeMO charging
- blind spots
- ‘foot’ handbrake
- the NissanConnectEV app is pants.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
What are the standout tech features of the car?
- pre heat/cool
- heated seats/steering wheel
- reasonable acceleration when needed
- serene comfort for price of car.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this car.
With correct set up, (leafstar skill) I can just say, “Alexa ask my LEAF to warm up” to pre-heat the car on cold days. The Tekna has bird’s eye view by combining the 4 parking cams, making it so easy. As a passenger, you can sit in air-con luxury while waiting for the driver, by pushing down on the with your hand and pressing start button 😉
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What car are you interested in next and why?
I don’t see a need for changing but if pushed, an Ora Cat or a Citroen ë-C4. Tried the latter at Fully Charged Live, by far the best ride of anything remotely affordable (it would have to be second hand).
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Just a granny in the garage and a slightly faster 16 amp cheap EVSE, (there’s no point in an actual charger when our LEAF’s onboard AC to DC is only 3.3kw). I’ve 3D printed a couple of holders for them.
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
As we’re in a park home with electricity provided by the owner of the park, we don’t have a choice of suppliers but it’s as competitive as it can be (currently about 13p a unit). However, no options for Economy 7 or similar.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
The brilliant Instavolt! Like Tesla but for normal people 😀 As opposed to the local bp pulse 🙁 it is the most unreliable pile of cr*p I’ve ever had the misfortune to attempt to use 🙁
List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
- Instavolt, Instavolt, and Instavolt!
Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
NFU – would certainly recommend them. Partner had an own fault, low speed reversing accident with another vehicle. They were so quick and good to sort it. They also have RAC roadside assist built in.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an EV compared to a petrol/diesel car.