Nissan LEAF e+ Tekna 62kWh 2019, Christopher Dolley – EV Owner Review

Nissan LEAF e+ Tekna 62kWh 2019, Christopher Dolley - EV Owner Review

What name would you like to appear in the review?
Christopher Dolley

 

What is the make and model of your EV?
Nissan LEAF e+ Tekna

 

What year was your EV registered?
2019

 

How long have you owned your EV?
From new

 

What is your estimated annual mileage?
under 5,000

 

What is the mileage on your EV?
5,000 – 10,000 miles

 

How many EVs have you owned?
This is my 2nd

 

What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?
245

 

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Why did you choose this car?
It was a direct replacement for the previous LEAF 40kWh. I needed more range so I got the 62kWh version when it became available.

 

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

  • e-Pedal means I drive without ever needing to use the brake pedal
  • The large boot space
  • Comfortable seat and driving position
  • 360 degrees camera, when parking I can see all round the car on the display
  • My android phone plugs into the car display (USB) and I can use the android phone navigation with live traffic updates
  • I can locate my car on my phone app
  • Assisted driving (lane position hold, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers).

 

Nissan LEAF e+ Tekna 62kWh 2019, Christopher Dolley - EV Owner Review

 

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

  • Some of the buttons and switches on the dashboard are not in a sensible place and the group on the RHS are hidden from view by the steering wheel
  • The CHAdeMO fast DC charger infrastructure is not very reliable and is scarce in remote areas
  • CCS fast DC charging is not supported
  • Type 2 AC charging is only up to 6.6kW and not 22kW
  • Large blind spot on the front door pillar
  • Electric hand break button is in an awkward position
  • The phone app is very slow to update statistics and the route planner is so basic that it is useless
  • The phone app does not indicate if the car is locked or not
  • Electric windows don’t keep going when I let go of the button (except the drivers window)
  • Adaptive cruise control starts to accelerate as soon as I put the indicator on to change lanes even though the car is too close the the car in front
  • Automatic braking is activated when driving on a bend in the road and it sees an obstruction straight ahead which is not in my expected driving path
  • The loudspeaker sound for pedestrian awareness is set at a pitch so high that only young pedestrians can hear it.

 

Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
Rear seatbelt warning kept going off for no reason. The agent explored the problem, found no cause and since then it has never happened.

 

What are the standout tech features of the car?
360 degrease view from the four cameras so it’s easy to park in a tight space. Other than that, typical top spec things like assisted driving, auto breaking, adaptive cruise control, auto headlights and wipers, keyless entry etc.

 

Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this car.

  • The car has CHAdeMO fast DC charger socket and not CCS (CHAdeMO infrastructure is not very reliable and is scarce in remote areas
  • CCS fast DC charging is not supported
  • Type 2 AC charging is only up to 6.6kW and not 22kW
  • Large blind spot on the front door pillar.

 

Rate your EV out of 5.

 

What car are you interested in next and why?
I am not planning on changing the car.

 

What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Pod Point: it was ordered by the Nissan dealer when I purchased the original 40kW LEAF. I have no experience of any other home chargers.

 

Rate your home charging unit out of 5.

 

What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
The cheapest I can find, I wanted to go to eco10 so I can get cheap electricity overnight but they do not offer it.

 

Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.

 

What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
I rarely use public chargers but the ones I have used I do find them unreliable. They are often out of order or have a fault.

 

List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
I cannot comment, I don’t have enough experience to make any comparisons.

 

Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
The cheapest main insurers available, for example Admiral, LV or Direct Line. I won’t go for the less well known brands.

 

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.
£0.

 

 

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