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Carbon Choices – Guest Blog

My Electric Vehicle Adventures

Exciting news. I bought a second-hand electric vehicle (EV). A big expense. Was it worth it?

I finally took the plunge and splashed out on a 2019 second-hand all electric Nissan Leaf. My head was spinning. Will it work? Where do I charge it? How do I charge it? How do I drive an automatic? Will the range be enough?

First Impression

My first impression was a bit scary. I had not driven an automatic car, nor an electric car before. Where are the gears? Of course, that is one of the benefits, there are far fewer moving parts, and hopefully fewer breakdowns and repairs.

The Nissan Leaf

The Nissan has clearly been designed by engineers. There is a P for parking mode, an N for neutral, R for reverse and D for drive. So far so good. Then there is a B mode standing for goodness knows what. Apparently, it maximises battery recharge when freewheeling down steep hills. Then there is an eco-mode which simply prevents you from accelerating too fast, and an e-pedal mode which maximises regenerative breaking every time you take your foot off the accelerator. Finally, there was cruise control to master. Note that these enhancements are designed to maximise the driving range but are not essential for everyday driving.


About Carbon Choices
Common-sense Solutions to our Climate and Nature Crises
Neil Kitching, 2020

Note from Transition Telford Editor – The Nissan Leaf has had a good reputation for a while as a EV. I’m not sure if this is still the case but Nissan HAS been well recognised for ‘easy to fix/find’ parts, again making it a good choice for ‘repair, rather than dispose. There are also a couple of good reviews online of its accessibility and space for boot storage for wheelchairs for instance.
There are also several different battery capacities and features  that will 
affect the cost of buying an EV.

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