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”
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”
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”
The on street chargers in Portsmouth are being installed. It resulted in me attending a launch for the media at the first charge point installed as well as being interviewed on the radio.
Lamp Posts Charge Cars
This is really good news the charge points are going in. The one across the road from me is still two green paint marks on the kerb with red paint marks on the pavement and lamp post, it should be installed over the next week.Continue reading “The Day Portsmouth Launched on Street Charging”
Two weeks of running my 30kW Nissan Leaf as a driving school car I’ve got a reasonable idea of the cost of electricity for an EV. I’m using public charging and relying mainly on rapid charging until the roadside chargers are installed by Portsmouth City Council. While a lot of my motivation to run an EV is environmental there has to be a cost saving to make it worthwhile.
In the first two weeks of ownership I’ve done a 137 mile Journey on motorways and dual carriageway, a few local trips with a majority of use being driving lessons. There were two rapid charges on the long trip which were high priced electricity and the rest using Polar chargers in the city.Continue reading “The Cost of Electricity for an EV”
It’s been an interesting first week of teaching in my Nissan Leaf electric car. Learners really like driving it and it brings up some interesting thoughts about teaching in EVs and what effect they will have on our roads.
When first encountering the MK1 Leaf Learners are impressed with it’s slightly whacky looks and the high specification interior, it’s the higher Tekna specification with a full leather interior. Turning it on brings up the space age display with lot’s of information about charge and range not seen before in a car and it sings a little tune. The speedo is a large numeric one so easily seen once it’s pointed out. Having come from a hybrid car, my learners are used to silence when pressing the power switch. I don’t really consider it a start button when a motor doesn’t start.Continue reading “A Week of Electric Lessons”