Yes folks our EV, a nice white Nissan Leaf Tekna complete with solar panel has been delivered .
It has every convenience known to man including heated rear seats, satnav that actually works & it speaks in English, Bluetooth, heated steering wheel. air con etc etc the list is endless. I wasn’t expecting the little solar panel on the back, this charges the service battery and keeps the radio, indicators, interior lights all working without taking charge off the main battery cells, neat.
We have already been up the A1 to Wetherby, that’s where disaster struck !. We went to charge on the Ecotricity fast charger but it just said, ‘synchronisation error’. On calling their support team the very knowledgeable person said it was out of order. the snag is there is only one charging post as this set of services is a pull off the A1 for both North and South bound traffic so it wasn’t like we could nip up or down a junction to feed our EV via an Ecotricity outlet on the ‘other side’ . Also their support team do not have lists of the other vendors in any specific location, a pity really if they had the location of other fast chargers they could at least give customers a phone number to call, that would help enormously. Anyway we knew the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet at the junction of the A64/A19 York had chargers so off we went nursing our Amps down to the outlet. There I made my second mistake of the day.
The chargers at this retail park are in two CYC boxes, I couldn’t get the first box to open up even though I waved the correct card at it. I tried the second box and this opened a flap marked B. This was the standard 13amp square pin connection so we plugged up and went into the Centre for a bit of retail therapy returning after an hour. That’s when we realised we would not get enough juice until midnight to get home !. On studying the online map from CYC (charge your car) whose boxes we were sat in front of, I noticed it said they also had fast chargers on site. We had a scout around but saw nothing then I realised that maybe flap A contained the 7 kw charging point, it took ages to get it to open and that’s what was behind this magic door !. We quickly connected our Type Two lead and started to charge at a more healthy rate. Once the car hit 50 miles we unplugged and set off down the A64 but when my wife typed in the Woolley Edge Services postcode the car voice said we didn’t have enough power to get there. So back to McArthurGlen again, doing a very naughty drive the wrong way up the service road as the main road had a barrier across it. Anyway back onto the 7 Kw charger we sat dozing and cold until we had 60% charge. It was then when we realised the satnav had been chatting away in kilometers (Finally found how to change this on Youtube, the Nissan supplied literature doesn’t seem to mention it) and the car fuel system is in Miles, so the voice was telling us we didn’t have enough fuel as it was seeing the level of miles left as if it was in K not Miles ! The only solution was to set the car fuel to K as well. This done, the WF4 postcode entered and ‘Evie’ didn’t say a word about lack of fuel so off we drove in K down the A64 and onto the A1/M1 at goodness knows what speed as although I know a Mile is about 1.6 K I was that tired I just could not compute the right speed. All went well until we came to the usual roadworks on the M1 Wakefield which was posted at 50 MPH. I just dropped to the speed of the other vehicles on the road and hoped for the best !. Finally arrived at Woolley Edge Moto Services and hooked up onto the Ecotricity fast charging post, went of for a cup of hot chocolate and about 20 mins later we were well up on charge and shot off home to Halifax at full speed, heating on full blast, seats on heat and the superb Bose sound system banging out the Jersey Boys to keep us both awake. Arrived home in double quick time and plugged into the home power supply and off to bed, We were feeling quite happy until we realise the clocks had gone forward to not only were we late to bed now we were going to lose an hour as well !! ho hum. All in all a very interesting experience which has taught us to speak to the lads at Ecotricity or at least check their online map before setting off as without their fantastically quick chargers its pointless trying to go any distance away from home. By 9am the car was virtually full again so now its off to do the Mothering Sunday stuff …. in Evie of course !