Nissan LEAF Tekna 40kWh 2018, Chris – EV Owner Review

Nissan LEAF Tekna 40kWh 2018, Chris - EV Owner Review

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What is the make and model of your EV?
Nissan LEAF Tekna 40kWh


What year was your EV registered?


How long have you owned your EV?
0 – 1 year


What is the mileage on your EV?
40,000 – 50,000 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?


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Why did you choose this car?
I was looking for a PHEV or an EV with self-driving capability that was made in Britain.


Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car.

  • It is quiet
  • It is smooth
  • It does not smell
  • It can drive itself on main roads
  • It is cheap to run
  • It has a great roof rack for my canoes
  • There is plenty of space for camping kit.


Nissan LEAF Tekna 40kWh 2018, Chris - EV Owner Review


Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car.

  • The brake and accelerator are both too far to the left
  • The roof is black and therefore makes the car hot in summer
  • The battery has no active cooling or heating
    The battery will overheat if charged from less than 20% more than 3 times on a trip.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

  • The folding wing mirrors got stiff and would not always unfold
  • The selective unlock seems to turn itself on from time to time.


What are the standout tech features of the car?

  • The car will drive itself most of the time on main roads
  • There is a speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic wipers
  • Automatic headlights.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this car.
You can use it to store electricity to power your house if you want to.


Rate your EV out of 5.


What car are you interested in next and why?
I would like one with a longer range for the few longer trips I make and with active battery cooling.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
I just use a normal 13 amp socket. This is fine for most of my motoring as I can get enough charge at cheap rate.


Nissan LEAF Tekna 40kWh 2018, Chris - EV Owner Review


Rate your home charging unit out of 5.


What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Octopus, I am on their Go tariff.


Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.


What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Instavolt because their chargers all have both connector types. Gridserve because although inadequate they are available in most motorway services.


List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).

  • Instavolt
  • Gridserve
  • Pod Point.


Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Direct Line – they seem easy to deal with.


Rate your insurance provider out of 5.


Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an EV compared to a petrol/diesel car.


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