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May 2018
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The big game changer

Things have been pretty busy this past year.  But the announcement of Tesla’s Model 3 has made a big impact in Suffolk.  I know three people who’ve put down the deposit for one.

The Model 3 looks really interesting not least as it will be a game changer for the Leaf and i3.  These bridge the gap between the popular Renault Zoe and the Model S and X from Tesla, in terms of price and performance; let’s be honest, range.

Life has not been static since we bought our Leaf in January 2014: the i3 came out six months later with its optional range extender and of course the hugely popular Mitsubishi PHEV hit the shelves just before it.

Nissan responded with a 30KW/h battery in 2016 and a faster charger but it still appears to be a poor cousin of the Teslas.  At least the Leaf had price on its size.

Money isn’t everything!

No it isn’t.  Health is, great relationships with family and friends and of course an interesting career.

However, a roof over your head and food on your plate are next on the list.

The Leaf does everything I need it to really well.

A test drive of a Model S really highlighted that for us.  The Model 3 is much closer in price to the Nissan.  The range is bigger and its promising a good range of toys that you can’t buy for the Leaf.

See, range matters!

Mmm, that’s what I thought.

When the Tesla and Chevy Volt hit America, their version of the AA (the America Automobile Association) prepared for the worst in 2011, AAA Introduces Roadside Emergency Charging for Electric Cars …

Only, there was a stunning lack of demand, in fact people were much more likely to run out of petrol (which is easily carried as spare fuel) than they did electricity in EVs.  To such an extent, that five years later
AAA discontinues Emergency Electric Vehicle Recharge Service …

Nissan offer us two weeks’ loan of an ICE car each year.  We’ve never used it.

The Leaf gets much more worried regarding range than we do and largely, its estimates are reasonably good.  We’ve not run out in 30 months (yet?).  I haven’t even had to learn special skills to get the most out of the range: it drives like a normal vehicle.

We’re MOTing the vehicle in January – yes, it does still need one!  There’s no exhaust to rot, no fuel injection system to recalibrate, very little to mechanically go wrong.  We get it serviced with Nissan who are a short walk from the town centre and our house.  The Leaf drives like it did the day we took it home that first day and I find it difficult to justify using anything else to get to work.

What’s not to love?

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