Paul D drives a Nissan LEAF 30kW 2017 electric car.
This is Paul’s first electric car, he’s owned the LEAF from new and drives 10,000-15,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 30,000-40,000 miles and he achieves 112 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose this electric car?
At the time it had a bigger battery than most, was a full electric car and had a good level of equipment. I liked the fact I could communicate with the car from a distance and switch on climate control remotely.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Distinctive shape
- High level of equipment
- Fantastic to drive.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
Boot is a bit small.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
What are the standout tech features of your Nissan LEAF?
Great sat nav, voice commands, vehicle app enables remote climate control and overriding timed charging. Heated seats and steering wheel powered from the 12V battery mean less drain on the drive battery in winter. Regenerative braking adds power back and is a great feature on hilly journeys.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this Nissan LEAF.
There is fantastic leg space in the rear of this car. It only takes 40 minutes to charge to 97% on a rapid charger, long enough for a break but not enough to cause delays.
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
MG5 EV Long Range – I want to move away from the CHAdeMO connector for rapid charging as they are now in the minority on motorways. I also want a car with more range.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Pod Point – it’s simple to use and has been reliable.
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Octopus Go – my overnight rate of 5p per kWh is great but may not be available to new customers.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
InstaVolt, Osprey & SWARCO are always reliable. I do use Gridserve but their units are not always as reliable and there are lower numbers of CHAdeMO connectors.
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Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Aviva – they were cheapest when I bought my car.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.