Another 79 electric car charging points are to be installed in Portsmouth. This is great news in a city which has very few homes with off street parking, Portsmouth council are making it possible for residents to own and run EVs. I have benefited from the first phase of 37 residents chargers installed last year. Without them It would be very difficult for me to own and run my Nissan Leaf. Read more in the Portsmouth News
Last year my carbon emission saving has been enough to fill nearly 10 average UK houses running the Nissan Leaf.
2019 was a busy year for the Electric Instructor and being an EV owner has secured specific EV work, especially in the fleet sector where the switch to EVs is becoming a hot topic. So I thought I’d work out my carbon saving in terms of how many houses it would fill in the time I’ve owned the Leaf. It turned out to be quite a lot.Continue reading “Enough Carbon Dioxide To Fill 10 Houses”
We are now at a point where there is almost no reason for anybody buy a new petrol or diesel car. If you’re buying a new car it should be electric. With decent battery ranges, a model to suit most needs available and cost of ownership parity with ICE cars your next car should be electric.Continue reading “There’s no Reason to Buy a Petrol or Diesel Car”
One of the concerns about owning an EV is what happens if an unexpected trip comes up and the car isn’t charged.
I’m 4 months into 30kW Leaf ownership now. My daily use as a driving instructor works well starting each day with a full battery and charging for an hour at lunch time on the 5.5kWh public charging post I use. Usually finish the day with about 30% battery.Continue reading “By The Time I Bought My Lunch The Car Was Charged”
We are all becoming aware our lifestyles are causing damage to the planet. There’s lots we can all do now to help improve the situation. Being an Electric Instructor is part of what I’m doing, however, being mildly smug, I’d like to ask am I greener than the average pet dog?
The average dog in the UK lives in a house centrally heated by gas emitting lots of CO2, gets driven to a walk in a polluting petrol or diesel car and eats meat, a big contributor to greenhouse gas through methane from farmed animals. The dog can’t help it and has more important things in it’s life to think off like chasing rabbits in the park rather than climate change.Continue reading “Greener Than The Average Dog”
At last the urban charging bay is complete. However, fossil fuelled cars blocking charging bays are a big problem to an EV owner with a low battery. There is a now little plate by the charging space I use saying “Electric vehicle recharging point only” this little piece of metal means ICE cars will get a ticket if they block the space. Portsmouth Council have confirmed this in an email so I shall report ICEing using the myPortsmouth app.Continue reading “Recharging Point Made”
I’m becoming obsessed with a parking bay! The one I use to charge with the new Ubitricity charging points in Portsmouth. There’s a problem in so much as it’s not quite an EV charging bay yet.
Just over two months into Nissan Leaf ownership and it’s fabulous. The car is smooth, quiet, fast and the running costs are about 15% of putting petrol in my previous Toyota Auris Hybrid. There’s no way I’d want to go back to an ICE car. Being an early adopter of running EV on public charging in Portsmouth has brought it’s frustrations though. I will say mainly caused by ICE cars but also because Portsmouth City Council seem to have fallen apart completing the on street charging project.Continue reading “Urban Baywatch”
I,ve been teaching in automatic cars since 2006 and moving to the Nissan Leaf electric car I find it has much in common with my previous automatics. Learners notice no difference in driving it and lessons are the same as in a fossil fuelled car, except for the wonderful smooth silence you get with electric cars.Continue reading “It’s Electric and Automatic”
This week has sen the first two tests in the Electric Instructor Nissan Leaf at the Portsmouth Driving Test Centre. Both were passes.
First Time Pass
The first test was Shannon who passed first time after four months of weekly lessons. She was looking forward to the weekend when she could go car shopping.Continue reading “Electric Driving Test Passes”
Last weekend, along with other members of our local instructor association, I visited the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance base at the Thruxton race track in Hampshire. Our association, SDIA, are raising money for the air ambulance and they kindly offered to show us around.Continue reading “Electric Instructor visits Air Ambulance”