Nissan LEAF Drivers Say, We’re Converted
My Electric Avenue trials have come to a close and for many of its participants their journey from being interested in electric cars to being converted is complete.
My Electric Avenue is a project examining if local electricity networks can cope with charging a group of electric vehicles at peak times. This project was to test a new technology that can control the charging of the cars if local electricity grids becomes overloaded.
The project required a group of neighbours to come together and lease an all-electric Nissan LEAF for 18 months, the target was ten neighbours in a cluster, and ten clusters around Britain.
The project has exceeded its target and it had 200 people taking part in its trails with each one driving a LEAF.
In a North East community, 23 neighbours have been driving the Nissan LEAF and one of the members was just 21 years old, and loved it. Jack Hamilton commented “The Nissan LEAF is great t0 drive, it can fit five people, and its amazingly cheap to run. Its also more interesting than the average car. I would definitley consider another electric car in the future”.
A lady responsible for telling her neighbours and recruiting then to the Electric Avenue project was Julie Skevington. She added “I have driven over 15,000 miles in my Nissan LEAF in just over a year, so it obviously seems to meet my driving needs! I’ve even ventured further afield a few times, something that seems easier than I thought with a bit of planning”.
Its been well documented that the Nissan LEAF offers low running costs, but one participant of the project found a way to improve on that. Mr Ian Finch works in the field of renewable energy and has harnessed the power of the sun to charge his LEAF. “The electricity to charge the Nissan LEAF for 80-100 miles of driving only costs around £2. However I’ve managed to drive the car completely free of charge in summer by using the solar panels on my house to power the car.”
“Of course this also means that the energy to recharge the car has zero-CO2 emissions. Add in the fact that the LEAF has no exhaust emissions, so it has no adverse impact on local air quality and people’s health, and surely this must be one of the most sustainable and affordable transport solutions available at this time”.
Paul O’Neill, EV Manager, Nissan Motor GB said: “Last year, UK sales of the Nissan LEAF more than doubled as the benefits of switching to a pure electric vehicles become more widely known amongst motorists.
“Not only does the LEAF offer motorists a driving experience that often betters its traditionally-powered rivals, it also delivers lower running costs and tangible savings and I am delighted that it has transformed the participants in the My Electric Avenue into committed electric car drivers.”