I’ve been waiting with anticipation for the delivery of 4 Nissan Leaf electric cars to AW Repair Group. I fall perfectly into the category of driving under 60 miles and day and having off street parking and I do like to ‘do my bit’ for the environment.
Having said that I normally drive a bright yellow Audi S1 Sport Quattro so like most people I have been feeling a bit daunted by the thought of driving an electric car. But I manage to keep my iPhone from dying every day, even with Pokemon hunters using it, so keeping a car charged can’t be that difficult!
I received the car with 73 miles of charge and need to drive from Sleaford to Lincoln. It was great fun trying to keep the energy monitor on the equilibrium…too many white dots illuminated meant I was using up the energy faster while the green dots meant the energy the car was producing from braking and ‘free wheeling’ down hills was re-harvesting itself back into the charge. By 10 miles down the road the charge availability had only dropped to 68. Brilliant! I do love a challenge.
While I had enough charge to get home safely while in Lincoln I decided to check out one of the public charge points in Lucy Tower Street car park, near to the Odeon cinema on Brayford Wharf. The Leaf is considerably bigger than my S1, in fact its a lot of car. Its very spacious, particularly in the back and boot, but parking in a multi storey needed a little more confidence. Eventually after passing up a few parking spaces buried between concrete columns I found myself on the top and 10th floor of the car park. But that was a coup as there I spotted the two charge points. They had a couple of cones around them and I’m not sure if that meant out of order or just to stop other non EV users parking there. I parked a little further up and went to investigate. The charger was operated by Chargemaster and needed some kind of card to operate it so I snapped the info on my cameraphone to investigate later.
Back in Sleaford my colleague was charging up the Leaf she had been trying for the weekend. She moved on and I put mine on charge, asking her to park it back round the compound just before closing time, ready for my next trip from Sleaford to Bourne tomorrow.