Halifax to Dover & Back

Having done a trip to Dover in our ICEr recently we decided to try another visit in the Leaf. I have to say that it was the easiest of journeys to complete. We used the M1/M25/M2 for the trip setting off from Woolley Edge with a 90% charge in no particular hurry we made six stops on the way down mainly to check out the ecotricity locations although we had a list of where they were already written down with distances and times.

The amusing bit was running at 50 miles an hour on the Motorways for about 150 of the 300 miles on the down trip, not because we wanted to conserve the batteries but because of road works and ‘traffic management’ systems. The M1 had three massively long 50 MPH restrictions so whereas the ICEr drivers were getting upset we were tootling along at about optimum traveling speed for an EV. I think the biggest mistake was stopping to charge at the Moto Essex services next to the Dartford Crossing due to the incredible amount of traffic on the roundabouts getting to the services and then back onto the Motorway to cross. You would have thought EV’s would be exempt from the Two Pound charge and have our own passing point but we didn’t !.

On arrival at Whitfield, Dover (our destination) we used our Nissan supplied 13a home charger so the next day we had a full charge for the homeward trip. We changed tactics on the way back stopping every 60 to 65 miles and only taking 20 mins max to charge. Dover to Thurrock was the first stop then all the way to the M1 North Toddington Services then Leicester Forest Services where we stopped longer for dinner then with a 96% charge up to Woodhall and all the way home to Halifax making 4 stops in total. I think we would have probably stopped twice in an ICE car so we added around an hour to the trip by using the EV. Again the M1 was littered with 50 MPH restrictions which gave us quite a good increased range arriving back home with 33% charge. Essentially the Leaf does about one mile for 1% of battery at the right speeds so if its showing 96% you get around 96 miles as long as you run in B and don’t hammer it. My optimum speed seems to be 68 MPH in B mode. Oddly enough we didn’t see one single EV apart from another of those beautiful Tesla’s charging on the M2 South. All in all a very uneventful trip which is what you want every time isn’t it ?.

I noticed that all the repeated fast charges and continues driving pushed the battery temperature right up to just below the two red segments but no further, just in case I left it off charge overnight to allow the batteries to cool down, I will plug into the house system today or nip down to Nissan for a fast charge …for free of course. The total journey distance was just a tad under six hundred miles all of which was for free…apart from drinks & food at the services … no doubt Mrs B will be making sandwiches for the next trip or two !.



About stevenbarrett23

I run a telephone & computer supply and maintenance business, mainly VoIP, traditional phone systems & Cloud office systems. www.portelav.co.uk. I've been with the Company since 1981 so pre-mobiles pre-PC's. We are very keen on reducing our own and other businesses carbon output so we all work from home. The EV is just the next logical step towards being carbon neutral both in business and personally. Your kids will be thanking us for leaving a bit of the Planet for them once we push off !
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2 Responses to Halifax to Dover & Back

  1. chrisgfb says:

    We’ll be taking delivery of a Leaf Acenta early next month and I have found your blog amusing and consoling. Making the leap from ICE to EV is a bit nerveracking! Ecotricity rapid chargers are a bit short around here (north Norfolk) but there is a station at Green Britain site at Swaffam which will get us up to Grantham and more points. 90 or more % of our journeys are of 20 – 30 miles round trip, with the occasional trip to Sleaford. If we go to London to see the other children, we’ll take the train. I simply don’t fancy driving in London anyway According to my sums, the Leaf will, over 2 years cost us about £800 less to run than our present Citroen C3, taking into account the depreciation on the C3 of £3000. Also we have 12 PVs so our home leccie will be next to nothing. And we’ll be driving a new car, and it’s Green! Whats not to like?

  2. Did the Lear arrive yet ?? I’ve found we have ended up with about two fifty to three hundred pounds more in the bank account at the end of the month so I must be making some savings – we ecotricity at home as well for the 1000 free hours of charging we get per annum !

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