7 Things You Didn’t Know About a Nissan Leaf

Jon Cooper December 11th, 2016
7 Things You Didn’t Know About a Nissan Leaf

To celebrate the end of our 3rd year without using filthy petrol or diesel-powered cars for our daily commutes, here are some interesting true facts about the brilliant all-electric Nissan Leaf.

  1. IT COSTS 2P A MILE TO RUN

Here at MNL, we feed our electric car overnight, at home. This means a nice, gradual 13amp charge which coincidentally helps to keep the batteries in peak condition.

Over 3 years of doing this, we’ve monitored our utility bills and noticed a minor blip down to the Leaf socket. How minor? A few pennies here and there. Literally around a £2 for a full charge.

That means a 100-mile journey in the Leaf costs about £2.50.

To put that in perspective, the same journey in a petrol car doing 45mpg would cost £13, or more than five times as much as the Leaf!

  1. IT’S MADE FROM RECYCLED WATER BOTTLES

60% of the Leaf’s plastics are made from recycled materials, which are mostly used water bottles. 99% of the car is recyclable at the end of its life, meaning it can become water bottles yet again!

  1. YOU GET WARM INSTANTLY IN THE WINTER

Most cars have got better at producing heat to the interior from a cold start. But nothing with a 100 year-old engine design can yet compete with a Leaf when it comes to creating lounge-like cosiness first-thing on an icy morning. With its heated steering wheel, heated seats and instant electric heater, I can almost risk leaving home without a coat, whatever the weather!

  1. OWNERS FEEL BETTER

On many levels, our Leaf has improved our mood and sense of well-being. Whether it’s commuting in stress-free silence, never having to inhale poisonous diesel fumes at the pumps, or just knowing that we’re helping to save the planet, it’s an uplifting experience!

  1. IT’S THE WORLD’S BEST-SELLING ELECTRIC CAR

Yep, more than 200,000 Nissan Leafs have been sold globally, with sales more than twice as much as its closest competitor.

  1. IT’S NOT A NEW IDEA

The first electric car was built in 1832, and New York Taxis were mostly electric in the early 1900s. Back then, primitive battery technology meant they couldn’t compete with the longer range of petrol cars. The good news is, now they can!

  1. BATTERY RANGE IS ALREADY GOOD ENOUGH

Recent research in the States found that a Nissan Leaf could be used for over 95% of all journeys, with an average daily commute across the country of less than 30 miles. In the UK, it’s lower still.

So, knowing what you now know, what’s stopping you buying an all-electric Nissan Leaf right now?

Contact www.polesworth-garage.com for new and nearly-new cars from just £9,995.

5 Reasons You Should Buy a Nissan Leaf Today

Jon Cooper October 13th, 2016
5 Reasons You Should Buy a Nissan Leaf Today

5 Reasons You Should Buy a Nissan Leaf Today

I was in a pub today (only lunch, not lager!) and I overheard a group of lads talking about electric cars. One was clearly an advocate, while his 3 mates were “nay-sayers”, yet to be convinced of the attractions. In fact, one said he didn’t believe we would all be driving around in Glorified Milk Floats anytime soon, if ever, and he certainly wouldn’t be.

It reminded me of other common bar-room debates over climate-change, evolution and smoking. Respectively, man-made, true, and dangerous. Whether you believe it or not, that’s the case.

And, whether you believe it or not, we WILL all be driving round in electric vehicles sometime soon, and that includes YOU! It’s an irresistible wave of change, greater than any seen in the automotive industry since, well, ever.

So, now we’ve got that out of the way, the only question is when. Should you wait until everyone else has one, or should you jump into the world of EVs right now?

Here’s  5 reasons you should buy one of them right now, today:

1. Running Costs: Come on, who isn’t appalled every time they pump £70-worth of liquefied dinosaur into a hole on the side of their car? It’s money you could be spending on the kids, hobbies or holidays. Most EVs cost around 2p a mile in electricity – that’s 70-80% less than an equivalent petrol or diesel car – and there even is a network of Ecotricity chargers at motorway services that are completely free to use. So that’s 100% less than you’re used to paying then!

Add in ZERO road tax, ZERO congestion charge and ONE moving part in the motor, and you have a recipe which tears up the current cost structure of owning and servicing a motor car.

2. Noise: What noise? Well, there’s a distant hum from the tyres and a satisfying whoosh as the air slips over your aerodynamic roof, but you’d have to say driving an EV is pretty much a silent experience. All first-time passengers grin or shake their heads in disbelief as I floor the go-pedal and shoot off up the road.

Aside from the novelty value, driving around in near-silence is a sublime experience. It’s relaxing, soothing, calming (etc etc), and all of those are good things when driving, aren’t they? I can’t imagine feeling road-rage, stress or anything like it as I roll along without a grumbling diesel or shouty petrol exhaust in my ears.

Most EVs have brilliant sound systems too – a Bose power amp sits in the boot of my Leaf – and it’s so much nicer listening to music when there’s hardly any background noise to spoil it.

3. Performance: Without getting too technical, there’s one fundamental difference between the way an internal combustion engine delivers performance and the way an EV does. It’s all in the torque, which, as any petrolhead knows, is what creates acceleration. Power is about top speed, and torque is about acceleration, right? So, the key thing with an electric motor is that there is no torque “curve”. It doesn’t build up to a maximum at 3,000rpm or whatever. Torque in an EV is a straight line. Literally, maximum torque from zero revs. This creates a unique driving experience as you boot it from the lights and leave everyone behind. 0-30 in pretty-much any EV is faster then 0-30 in anything else.

It’s fun, it’s addictive, and you’ll love it. If you’re lucky enough to drive a Tesla, you can start leaving Lamborghinis behind in the long-haul too. Check out 0-60 in 2.8 seconds!

4. Range: The most commonly-heard objection to EV-ownership is that you’re going to run out of juice before you’ve got where you’re going. So, let’s be clear. If you’re an average, normal day-to-day driver, you aren’t going to run out of juice.

The average daily commute is 17 miles!

Face facts; 34-miles is doable in an electric car. In fact, 84 miles is doable, meaning you can commute for two days without a recharge!

Longer journeys are viable too, so long as you plan ahead a little. Here’s what I did on my first 200-mile trip in the Leaf.

5. Ecology: Driving an EV is saving the planet. Not pumping out greenhouse gases is great for the environment, and it makes you feel like you’re doing your bit. It’s empowering on a personal level too. Not having to slip and slide around on a greasy diesel forecourt anymore, inhaling poisonous fumes as you fill up, is a great health boost.

I genuinely feel better, mentally and physically from 2 years of driving an EV.

So there you have it. 5 reasons to trade your old car in for a new electric vehicle.

Why not start out on your path to the future today? Try a Nissan Leaf EV here.

 

Save nearly £8,000 on 65-plate Leaf!

Jon Cooper June 2nd, 2016
Save nearly £8,000 on 65-plate Leaf!

Checking out the new Leafs at my local Nissan dealer today, I was astounded to find this 500-mile Leaf Acenta to the latest spec on the showroom floor. In fact, I thought they’d gone mad at Polesworth Garage, or at least someone had put the wrong price card in the window. Sitting there resplendent in beautiful Flame Red, this car’s less than a year old and has only been lightly used as a company demonstrator.

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As you’ll know by now, I’m a petrolhead-turned-electroholic, so any shiny new Leaf is likely to impress me, but this one’s a bit more special than normal. It’s on offer for a crazy £15,995, saving a whopping £7635 over the new price just a few months ago.

It’s got the expected Leaf benefits of low, low running costs, including “fuel” at around one-fifth of the price of dirty diesel or poisonous petrol and effortless commuting in near-silence. You’ll also get the Acenta upgrades of a fully-featured Sat-Nav and aircon to keep you cool in the impending heatwave, as well as a rear reversing camera and cruise control.

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There’s another reason to grab this cut-price eco-champion whilst you can – in bright red, it’ll look stunning on your drive. What’s not to love?

To arrange a test drive call Polesworth Garage on 01827 895 125 or drop them an email to enquiries@polesworth-garage.com

 

Is this the best nearly-new car bargain in the UK?

Jon Cooper June 12th, 2015
Is this the best nearly-new car bargain in the UK?

We’ve just been browsing the Polesworth Nissan website, and noticed some remarkably inexpensive full-spec Nissan Leafs.

On there, you’ll find £25k Leaf Teknas for only £17k, some with less than a thousand miles on the clock! As part of a very limited demonstration fleet supplied by Nissan last year, these are the latest incarnations of the best-selling electric vehicle on earth, and are a truly affordable way to enter the wonderful world of zero-emissions motoring.

Clearly, I’m already a convert, and spreading the word about these remarkable electric smoothies is something I can now do with even more confidence. For anyone who hasn’t yet got the message, owning a Nissan Leaf means:

  • No petrol or diesel
  • No Road Tax
  • No Congestion Charge
  • No smelly exhausts
  • No engine noise

If your daily commute is less than 80 miles – and that surely applies to most of us – you’ll never suffer range anxiety and you’ll be able to “refuel” with volts overnight at home, at a cost of a few pennies.

More importantly, you’ll be part of an exclusive club of drivers who justifiably look down their noses at all the silly old-fashioned oil-burning cars around them!

Call in today, as these eco-marvels are not going to be around for long. And when they’re gone, they’re gone!

www.polesworth-garage.com

01827 895 125

 

Almost Spring – the Leafs are changing colour

Jon Cooper February 24th, 2015
Almost Spring – the Leafs are changing colour

After an emissions-free winter in my smooth, silent black Nissan Leaf Tekna, the lovely folks at Polesworth Garage decided it was time for a change. So, out with the Kuro Black and in with the Sky Blue. Quite fitting, as the sun is shining and the sky is indeed blue as I whoosh off the forecourt to continue my all-electric adventure.

Commuting noiselessly and cleanly to and from work for the 300th time since last July, I sense that not only the colour of My Nissan Leaf is different. The whole landscape for electric vehicles has evolved too. I’m noticing more and more Leafs on the road, for starters. Regular readers will know that I was unconvinced and a little concerned when I first stepped into my car-without-an-engine all those months ago. Now, I’m an EV convert, and find myself wondering how other Leaf owners are actually using their zero-emission flying carpets.

Our local neighbourhood bobby, for instance (yes there still are some of those) patrols in a 2013 Pearl White Leaf, and I’ve exchanged a couple of knowing looks with him at the traffic lights recently. Of course, I let him shoot away first, as I wouldn’t want to be accused of driving recklessly as I unleash all that electric torque onto the tarmac. They have a rapid charging point at the police station where they can plug in halfway through a shift, I’m told.

I’ve also clocked a couple of eco-Mums doing the school-run in Kuro Black Leafs, a task for which the car is perfectly suited. Most trips involving spindly children at 8.45 am could in truth be walked, but I’m not here to judge. As a family car for shopping and kids’ duty, there’s probably no better choice than a Nissan Leaf in 2015. Short trips with regular returns home are the EV’s natural habitat, and the comfort and ease of driving one of these things makes it a compelling proposition.

My neighbours seem to have softened from focussing on how often I have to charge the Leaf, and how they couldn’t cope with a car that only does 80 miles between charges, to asking how much it’s costing me per day. A fifth as much as fossil fuel, is my stock answer, and that’s still about right even with the recent price reductions at the slimy pumps. The old couple next door are forever marvelling at how they never hear me leaving and arriving. That’s another big tick in the Nissan’s favour, given how intrusive and unpleasant pretty much all diesel cars are as they rumble and grumble into life on a cold morning.

So, as I start the next chapter in my electric adventure, I’ve gone from negative to positive (see what I did there?), the view from my windscreen is sky blue instead of black, and the world seems just a little cleaner, quieter and more ready than ever to embrace the delights of EV motoring.

To book your 7-day extended test-drive in the all-electric Nissan Leaf call Polesworth Garage on 01827 895 125 or visit the website.

The 12 Days of Leafmas

Jon Cooper December 18th, 2014
The 12 Days of Leafmas

As I come to the end of the first year of my electric motoring adventure, I thought I’d write a little song about how driving a Nissan Leaf changed my life, day-by-day. You might remember the tune…

On the first day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
A completely silent journeeeey.

On the second day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
No dirty fuel, and etc

On the third day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
Zero road tax, etc

On the fourth day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
No smelly fumes, etc

On the fifth day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
Five leather seats! etc

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On the sixth day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
Strong acceleration, etc

On the seventh day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
20-minute charge, etc

On the eighth day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
Heated steering wheel, etc

On the ninth day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
90 mile range, etc

On the tenth day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
Concert hi-fi, etc

On the eleventh day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
Envy from the neighbours, etc

On the twelfth day of Leafmas, my Nissan gave to me,
Tiny running costs, etc

Make every day Leafmas day in 2015! Call Polesworth Garage now on 01827 895 125 for your 48-hour extended test-drive.

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6 ways an electric car will save you money

Jon Cooper November 18th, 2014
6 ways an electric car will save you money

If you’re considering buying a new car anytime soon, electric vehicles are now a real contender for your hard-earned cash. Apart from the uniquely rewarding experience of whooshing around clean and noiseless, there are compelling financial reasons why it makes perfect sense to own an EV in 2014.

1 – Lower servicing costs: A first service for a Nissan Leaf costs around £123, or around £100 less than on a Nissan Juke or Qasqai. No oil change either!

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2 – Lower fuel costs: 80-100% lower in fact. Topping up the Leaf’s batteries with electricity can be completely free. Yes, zero, zilch, nada. If you plug in to any of the UK’s Electric Highway of fast chargers, you can get charged up to 80% in around 30 minutes without paying a dime to anyone! Just enough time for a coffee in a motorway services, or a bit of shopping in one of numerous supermarkets now featuring EV support.

Even if you charge at home or the office where you pay for your own volts, mileage costs will be roughly 20% of running a similar car with an actual engine.

3 – Treasury and manufacturer discounts: There are loads of incentives to try and prise you away from your filthy old motor. If you buy a Nissan Leaf, for instance, the government will give you a £5,000 rebate off the price.  Nissan themselves will pay another £3250 into the deal, bringing the real cost of purchase down to below that of a similar petrol or diesel car. It’s a persuasive argument, for sure.

4 – Great finance deals: We spotted an interest-free deal offered by Nissan*, where you could drive away in a new Leaf for only £149pm over 2 years, after you’d put down £2857 as a deposit. Of course, your old clunker could be used as a trade-in for the deposit, so if you put £4,000 into the deal, you’d only pay £99pm over 24 months.

5 – Zero road tax: Another great saving on electric vehicles, especially given the ever-rising cost of the motoring levy formerly known as the Tax Disc. Equivalent oil-powered cars would set you back up to £200 per year.

6 – No congestion charge: If you’re in London regularly, this is a biggie. At a cost of at least £10.50 for each day you’re driving in Central London, having an electric car could save you £2,000 a year.

So, there you have it. Having an electric car will save you money. As you know, I’m a Nissan Leaf convert, so if you want to follow me into a whole new world of effortless and low-cost motoring, give our friends at Polesworth Garage a call today on 01827 895 125.

You’ll never look back.

www.polesworth-garage.com

* Finance subject to status, we assume. We’re not finance brokers here at My Nissan Leaf, so we’re just reproducing figures we’ve seen published by others.

Need a New Van? You need an e-Van!

Jon Cooper October 18th, 2014
Need a New Van? You need an e-Van!

5 months into my new motoring life using EVs, I needed to move house recently. I dropped My Nissan Leaf into Polesworth Garage whence it came, and picked up one of the new Nissan E-NV200 electric vans.

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My co-shifter, a regular white van man, looked astonished as we whooshed off the forecourt in search of furniture. “Err…it’s spooky”, he opined. “I’d be running people over all the time in this.” His record as far as running people over in his diesel Transit is hardly unblemished, which is why I was driving, but his reaction was not unexpected and certainly not unusual.

Everyone is struck by the silence and serenity of electric motoring. Personally, after 5,000 miles in My Nissan Leaf, it’s something I haven’t tired of. Is a lack of engine noise, vibration and harshness important in a commercial vehicle? Well, I think it is. Surely the calmer and less fussed we can make the van drivers of Britain, the safer the roads will be for them and all of us.

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Anyway, over to the flat-to-be-emptied, and the E-NV 200’s four opening doors really made things easy. I’m a novice at all things van, but having two sliding doors seems like the way they should all work. Not so, as my mate told me. Most vans only slide open on the pavement side, if at all. His Ford has only back doors, making packing and unpacking an operation requiring military levels of planning. No such worries with this Nissan, as we easily slid in tables, beds and sofas with almost 360-degree access to their awkward shapes and sizes. The E-NV 200’s only a medium-sized van, so we took 3 trips to decant one home into another, but it performed faultlessly and we returned to Polesworth Garage with 25% left on the battery gauge.

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My thoughts turned to applications for a clean, reliable, silent van with a 100-mile range that costs pennies to run. Who would buy it? Who SHOULD buy it?

The answer to that is simple. If you’ve got stuff to move around a local area, with easy and regular access to charging at your home base, then this Nissan is a no-brainer. So, florists, mobile sandwich folks, caterers, parcel deliverers, takeaways, property agents, maintenance companies, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, mobile mechanics, valeters…ad infinitum – you get the idea – any and all of you out there thinking of buying a new van for the first time, or trading in your old one, get down to your local Nissan Dealer and check out the new E-NV200.

It’s totally brilliant, and might just change the way you think about vans forever. I’m looking forward to the van drivers of the nation swishing around, calm, relaxed and without a cloud of black diesel smoke behind them.

5 reasons the Nissan Leaf is the perfect everyday car

Jon Cooper September 14th, 2014
5 reasons the Nissan Leaf is the perfect everyday car

I’ve been driving one of Polesworth Garage’s all-electric Nissan Leaf hatchbacks for nearly 3 months now, and I get it.

That doesn’t mean I don’t ever want any other car, or that I won’t race a noisy, powerful petrol-powered beast at the next possible opportunity. It means that My Nissan Leaf has changed my perception of what an everyday car needs to be. Before I tell you what an everyday car needs to be, and why the Nissan leaf is IT, let me tell you what an everyday car doesn’t need to be.

It doesn’t need to be fast. Motoring in 2014 is nothing if not slow, congested and regulated. I don’t care if your BMW is de-restricted and will hit a theoretical 190 mph on a 2-mile runaway at a US Airbase. In fact I pity you. You’ve paid through the nose for something you will never use. Like using a chainsaw to carve the Sunday roast, driving an everyday car with a top speed in excess of 100mph is an unnecessary indulgence on Britain’s roads. The other thing an everyday car doesn’t need is tyre-shredding acceleration. It achieves nothing, and you can’t out-drag the traffic around you without running over the car in front. Even worse, more power = more fuel used, meaning you’re slurping extra gasoline for literally no benefit.

What you do actually need, in case you haven’t realised yet, is a car that runs on electricity. More specifically, you need a Nissan Leaf. Here’s why, exactly:

1. It’s cheap to run. It’s not only energy costs that are lower – although saving 80% of the cost-per-mile of a similar-sized petrol/diesel hatchback is pretty awesome – but you’ll save on servicing (fewer moving parts), brakes (the Leaf uses regenerative braking from the electric motor), road tax and congestion charge (both zero).

2. You’ll never have to fill-up with stinky fossil fuel again. There’s something supremely satisfying and hi-tech about plugging the nose-socket of the Leaf into a charging cable when you get home at night. A subtle electronic “thunk” emanates from the bowels of the powertrain, and the gently pulsating blue lights on top of the dash flash a comforting signal.

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3. The infrastructure is here, now. There are hundreds of fast-charging points around the country. Many of them, including at motorway services, are free to use, and will completely charge your Leaf in 30 minutes or so. Long enough to eat, drink and chill out, returning to a vehicle that’s just taken on energy worth the equivalent of £20-30 of fuel at no cost to you.

4. It’s good for the environment. By environment, that doesn’t just mean the global hot potato that politicians and members of Greenpeace are always going on about. It means your environment. The air that you breathe, the ambient noise that fills your head every waking hour, and the stress you’re unwittingly taking on by grinding around in a clunky old motor powered by technology designed over a century ago. It means the noxious vapors you’re inhaling every time you stand 3 minutes at a petrol or diesel pump. Yes, owning and driving a Nissan Leaf will improve your environment.

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5. The 80-mile range is good enough. Of course, only you will know this for sure, as we all use our cars differently. What I can tell you is this: you probably drive fewer miles than you think you do, and certainly journeys longer than an 80-mile round trip are far less frequent than you imagine. According to a Randstad survey in 2013, the average total daily commute is 16.7 miles, meaning you could charge the Leaf once a week if that’s all you did!

So, come on. Work out how you’d use a car with an 80-mile range. Once you’ve done that, take a test-drive in a Nissan Leaf.

You’ll be hooked, you’ll buy one, and life will be better.

Nissan Leafs make racetrack history

Jon Cooper August 31st, 2014
Nissan Leafs make racetrack history

My last post here told the story of how we took two brand new Nissan Leafs to Donington Park racetrack, and raced them flat-out to see how many laps they would do on one full charge. The electric cars, supplied by our friends at Polesworth Garage in Warwickshire, ran faultlessly at the hands of our tame racing drivers Skid Carrera and Anthony Shemmans, despite the best efforts of the English summer weather to put a soggy spin on proceedings.

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The event marked the first time, to our knowledge, that the pioneering Nissan EV has been tested in this way, and everyone was keen to know how far the cars managed before expiring.

Well, the answer may surprise those who don’t appreciate how differently cars perform on a racetrack, compared with everyday motoring. There is no way that you’re ever able to accelerate at full throttle for extended periods on the road, nor to brake at the threshold of adhesion into each corner. Both those things use way more energy than driving a car normally, even if you could escape the attentions of the law for long enough to try it!

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So, given that My Nissan Leaf has averaged 82 road miles on each full charge since new, how many miles would a similar car achieve on the racetrack?

Has to be less than 60, right?

Lower, you say? How about 40?

Not even that? 30 then?

Our two Nissan Leafs managed an average of 13.5 laps of the 1.98 Donington Park National circuit, or just a smidgen under 27 miles!

That’s great news, as we now know the standard Nissan Leaf will manage 10 laps easily, and that’s enough to compete an average sprint race distance.

So, come on Nissan, let’s get this one-make Nissan Leaf Race Championship together. We’ve got the drivers to win it…

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Easing the Leaf off the forecourt at Polesworth Garage is like slipping silently into an idyllic swimming pool. Off I go. No fuss, no noise, and no gear changes.

It feels like I’ve just done something futuristic, cutting edge, space age. I’ve plugged my car in to a wall! Hardly believable that I will never have to pour any fossil-based liquid into this, or any other orifice of my shiny, black Leaf.