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Hey... just thought I'd sign up and say hello, from Berkshire.

I'm collecting a used Nissan Leaf Tekna tomorrow. I haven't even got it yet and I'm already suffering from range anxiety. I had to go further afield to get a decent price so, to get back home from the dealer tomorrow, I've got a 30 mile trip around the north circular, followed by a 25 mile trip up the M4.

In theory, that shouldn't be too much of a problem but am worried about the motorway range. I even had a nightmare about it last night.

Anyway, I'll let you all know how I got on tomorrow.
 

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Welcome. If you stick to a reasonable speed on the motorway i.e. Around 60 mph you should have no problems. You will still be looking at the range left at all times and worrying though....been there done that. Soon goes away once you know the limits.
 

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Hey... just thought I'd sign up and say hello, from Berkshire.

I'm collecting a used Nissan Leaf Tekna tomorrow. I haven't even got it yet and I'm already suffering from range anxiety. I had to go further afield to get a decent price so, to get back home from the dealer tomorrow, I've got a 30 mile trip around the north circular, followed by a 25 mile trip up the M4.

In theory, that shouldn't be too much of a problem but am worried about the motorway range. I even had a nightmare about it last night.

Anyway, I'll let you all know how I got on tomorrow.
Hello,

I'm in a similar position. I pick up my Leaf from Ancaster in Eltham on the 20th September and we live 75 miles away, all around the M25 and down the M23. I do believe we'll be stopping in at both Clacket Lane and Pease Pottage services on our way up to make sure the chargers are working and we know where they are! Maybe you can do the same? At least then you'll have a backup plan should your range diminish quicker than you expect. Good luck :)
 

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Hey... just thought I'd sign up and say hello, from Berkshire.

I'm collecting a used Nissan Leaf Tekna tomorrow. I haven't even got it yet and I'm already suffering from range anxiety. I had to go further afield to get a decent price so, to get back home from the dealer tomorrow, I've got a 30 mile trip around the north circular, followed by a 25 mile trip up the M4.

In theory, that shouldn't be too much of a problem but am worried about the motorway range. I even had a nightmare about it last night.

Anyway, I'll let you all know how I got on tomorrow.
Get the dealer to show you how to display the % guide if you don't know already. 1 % can equal 1 mile when you have to, in eco driving with the road.

55 miles should be no problem though when fully charged no matter how you drive.

Ecotricity have been known to start their rapida remotely for you if you don't have a card yet. Should the need arise. Which it won"t!
 

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As Jason says you have an abundance of chargers on that route. But as long as the dealer charges the car to 100% you will have no problem.

The motorway does hit the range of the LEAF but if you keep it to 60mph you will have no problem. You will end up home thinking what was all that worrying about with 30% left on your battery :)
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome(s).

I did receive my ecotricity card today and I'll be passing the Ikea on the north circular as well as the M4 services just before Heathrow. But I'm determined to brave it out and do the trip without using a charger.

Hopefully I stick to that plan and I won't chicken out ;)
 

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You will be absolutely fine. London to Reading is very easy indeed.

Just be a bit wary of the IKEA charger as it has been a bit flaky. I just checked on the Electric Highway map http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/for-the-road/our-electric-highway and it is not showing as LEAF friendly right now :(

There are some good chargers at London Gateway which is just up the M1 at NW7 3HU too.

If you are going back to Berks then Reading Services is a regular hangout for me. The Westbound CCS charger is down but the AC/DC charger is fine. Chieveley is also a good place to stop (although they are reporting an AC/DC failure right now)

Don't forget Nissan dealers are there to help. Somewhere on this forum there is a wiki of Nissan dealers and what they can offer.

I'll look forward to seeing you and your new LEAF out and about.
 

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Well, I made it:).

I started off with the car showing 95 miles range. I had a 32 mile trip around the north circular before I joined the M4 near Hounslow services with 60 miles range left on the car. So far so good - and it was kind of what I was expecting, although I was secretly hoping that I'd get better range (I had the AC turned off and was running in eco mode).

I then had a 25 mile trip along the M4, which dropped me down to, bang on 35 miles left. So that was a pleasant surprise as I was expecting less range on the motorway. I stuck it at at around 60 mph all the way.

The car is in the drive way right now, trickle charging for tomorrow's 10-mile commute.
 

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Remember the range is a guess based on your most recent and current driving behaviour. Drill down to display the % guide and take that as around 1 mile per % driving in eco mode and ecomind....a little less Iif cold wet or headwind....a little more Iif weather good. If one way journey allow for gaining or losing height.

Congrats on new Leaf!
 

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Well done Karl!

The first drive or two are always the most nerve wracking as you get used to the thing. A 10 mile commute will be absolutely ideal to break it in.

Your next project of course is to have a chat with the powers at be at work to persuade them of the advantages of installing EV charging. If you wish I can put them in touch with a company in Winnersh who has installed charging points for both staff and customer use and would be happy to show them off.

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Well done Karl!

The first drive or two are always the most nerve wracking as you get used to the thing. A 10 mile commute will be absolutely ideal to break it in.

Your next project of course is to have a chat with the powers at be at work to persuade them of the advantages of installing EV charging. If you wish I can put them in touch with a company in Winnersh who has installed charging points for both staff and customer use and would be happy to show them off.

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@Jason Wallace what charger has been installed at your workplace? Is it free to use or is your work charging for charging?
 

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Cool, wish my company would just put some in. A few people in work said they would consider EVs if they were installed.

The sticking point comes how the company is going to control the use of the chargers.

Managing director has told me he will look into it. Enviromental manager says it will look good for the company. But nothing is getting done. Four emails later to the manager and still no sign of any movement, so I've given up.
 

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Cool, wish my company would just put some in. A few people in work said they would consider EVs if they were installed.

The sticking point comes how the company is going to control the use of the chargers.

Managing director has told me he will look into it. Enviromental manager says it will look good for the company. But nothing is getting done. Four emails later to the manager and still no sign of any movement, so I've given up.
Hi Dean

The chargers at this location are controlled via RFID. In this case Source London. Each of the chargers was created as a "meeting room" and staff schedule a session in Outlook. A Yammer group was also created for EV users.

It is clear when a car has finished charging so a polite email to the group with the registration of the over-stayers does the job.

It is safe to say that in the initial phases access complexity won't be an issue as you'll have more chargers than cars.

If your folks are in Berkshire then I can ask the fleet manager to show them.
 

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Congrats Karl. I can remember my anxious drive back from Citroen West London along the M4, watching the guessometer winding down. Over time you'll get a feel for how your driving and the the terrain influence energy consumption and your achievable range. Search for 'hypermiling' to get some tips on techniques to maximise your range.
 
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