Leaf 2.Zero 600 miles In

I’ve now had my car for a week and a half and have clocked up 600 miles. It’s been an interesting week since I wrote the last post and there’s a few things I’ve noticed with the car over that time…

The drivers sun visor is seriously small compared to the one I had in my 57 plate KIA cee’d! I drive North in the morning and South on the way home from work, so the sun is always on the right side of my face. The sun visor in the Nissan Leaf 2.Zero is so short when pushed around to the driver’s door side that it doesn’t even reach my forehead and therefore is effectively useless. I’ve had to “Blue Peter” style myself a workaround (a.k.a cut a box apart and stuff it into the sun visor holding strap – see below!).

I tested out the anti-lock braking for an Audi driver on the way home at a roundabout this week… I wasn’t going very fast when the Audi driver decided to try and go across the roundabout in front of me when he shouldn’t have. I’m guessing the ALB kicked in because of the weight of the car and the fact that I put my foot right down on the brake to stop the potential collision that was about to happen.

I got the TCU fixed by the dealer last weekend, but still couldn’t get the NissanConnect website to verify ownership. Sat in my car on three occasions and waited over 10 minutes with the whirley-gig saying checking, but no luck. Ended up emailing NissanConnect on Saturday and had to send them a copy of the V5 inside page but by Wednesday evening they’d verified I owned the vehicle and the service was activated. It’s not the greatest of apps – partly because it’s incredibly slow to send / receive requests from the car – but it’s useful to see remotely how much battery charge the vehicle has left and on the odd occasion switch the heating on.

When I took the vehicle to the dealer at the weekend, I also got them to check the faulty tyre pressure monitor. They reset the monitor from the car dashboard – not exactly what I’d hoped for and I thought it wouldn’t cure it. On the way home the warning re-appeared, so the car has to go back for a new sensor in April.

The adaptive cruise control is incredibly useful – I’ve used it on every journey I’ve made this week. It did take a bit of getting used to. The main thing was wondering why the car was going slowly one morning, only to remember it was matching the speed of the really slow car infront. I have found that on my long journey to and from work, when the cars in cruise control mode there’s nowhere to rest my right foot. The gap between the accelerator and the side of the car is too small to put my foot between. It’s therefore a little uncomfortable when driving for long periods of time on cruise control as I’m not sure where to rest my foot. If I move my leg towards the chair (as if I’m sitting at a table), I feel I’m not close enough to the pedals to react in time if there was a problem.

Scheduling the car to be warm when leaving work is awesome!! Not only is the company paying for my lovely warm car by way of the free electricity, but getting in a car preheated to 23.5C when it’s 5C outside is so nice 🙂

That’s it so far this week, but if I notice anything else in the coming weeks/months – I’ll be sure to put another post up.

Price I’ve paid for petrol since mid 2008

I’ve kept track of the price I’ve paid for petrol since mid 2008. I started collecting the data when I noticed the price of petrol had risen a fair bit from when I got my first car. Here’s the full spreadsheet for the anyone who wants to look at the details, but some key facts:

  • I’ve spent over £17,610 on fuel since the 21st May 2008!
  • That’s over 14500 litres of fuel
  • The highest price I’ve paid is 140.9 pence (ouch!)
  • The lowest price I’ve paid, 85.9 pence
  • And one time I managed to fill my car with 52.63 litres of petrol (and I thought it had a 50 litre tank until then!)

(For the eagle eyed – there appears to be an anomaly on the 6th May 2012, but other than that, all the other points are correct)

Ordered Home Car Charger

Follow on to my post yesterday about my Leaf 2.Zero.

I’ve ordered my home charger. It’s a Rolec, black with grey inserts, 32A tethered type 2 device. I researched a number of devices and companies when looing for a home charger and landed on this device because I liked the look of the device and the terms and conditions suited my needs.

So why didn’t I order a Pod point or chargemaster given that Nissan were offering them as part of a deal when order a Leaf 2.Zero?

For starters, it wasn’t clear if I was entitled to a free charger with my leaf? The Nissan T’s and C’s indicated that I needed to have ordered it by mid December 2017.  I may have been wrong and potentially entitled to a free device, but…

The chargemaster looked too bulky and quite expensive, so I didn’t look too far into this product.

Pod point I found too pestering. I received at least three emails (+ the phone calls!) from when I signed up for my car until when I finally got the message through to them that I wasn’t going to purchase their product. The wording in their emails I thought was a little misleading too “Your Pod Point Order” – what order? I never clicked order… And there’s never a clear indication of how much things are going to cost.

I also turned the Pod point down because of a particular part in the Terms and Conditions: “All our charge points are supplied with Carbon Sync capability. Carbon Sync allows us to briefly pause charging on instruction from official bodies (for example the national grid) for the purpose of balancing or maintaining stability of the local or national electrical generation or distribution grid. Under normal circumstances, we don’t expect Carbon Sync to have any material effect on charging, however, you agree that Carbon Sync may lead to pauses in charging.”

Given that I need my car to be charged to get to work, this particular feature of the Pod point was the deciding factor in ruling this product out. If I plug my car in, I expect it to charge.

I’ve now got a bit of a wait until my charger is fitted as it’ll be installed at the same time as another product, by the same electricians.

I’m soooo looking foward to the “other product”, far more so than getting my leaf!!

More to be revealed soon 😀