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Hi guys,

I am a soon to be leaf owner in about 1 weeks time. I'm quite excited. My brothers and my mums comes tomorrow and my little brothers is due in about January. So we will have 4 leafs! All the ICE cars will be sold bar my diesel and the weekend car. All will be 2014 Leaf Acentas.

My brother has about a 40mile a day usage so the leaf will suit him fine, My mum even less and it's all town driving. They also live in a house so charging at night isn't a problem. I however live in a flat so charging for me is going to be more challenging and I do 100-120 miles on a working day (all A road) so again more challenging.

I hope to learn alot and chip in where I can about various things. We have jumped in the deep end but hopefully it won't be painful!

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Thank you.

I actually ordered the car without even driving or having a ride in one. Crunching the numbers it seemed the leaf would save me a lot of money. If nothing else it would be an experience. But I'm hopeful I can use it fairly normally.
 

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Wow - not often the whole family all swaps at the same time for the same car! Would love to hear how you all get on in the coming weeks and months - you all have different requirements and it will be interesting to see how the Leaf fits in. Do keep us informed with regular updates.
 
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So do you have the ability to charge at work and is there a charger close to your house?
No, but kinda. At one of my jobs which is closer I can charge my other job I can't due to the location. Boss said I can charge my car at my other job anytime aslong as I pay for electric which is nice of him. But one job is 50miles from home and the other 20 miles. Both in the same direction which is handy. I'm planning to charge my car at a car park in Dundee whilst I'm at the gym late at night. No parking charge and 24hour gym. Worst case is I could plug it in at my brothers and use my ICE(circa 2 miles) from mine to his pick up the fully charged car and then go to work. A pain but if it works it will save me alot of money.
 

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Wow - not often the whole family all swaps at the same time for the same car! Would love to hear how you all get on in the coming weeks and months - you all have different requirements and it will be interesting to see how the Leaf fits in. Do keep us informed with regular updates.
I will do hopefully. I think my family will be ok as they only do local driving and work 20miles from home so its great for them. Getting them to get one was a little difficult but I'm hoping the nice ride and money in their pocket will make them glad they did.

hope you enjoy your new car :)
Thank you I hope so too.
 

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Did they have a BOGOF offer or something?
 

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Did they have a BOGOF offer or something?
LOL! You would think so. Honestly the main thing about switching was price of fuel and also maintenance. Me and my brother usually fix our cars. We have alot of tools and tackle most jobs. But we got into doing such jobs so we could keep our weekend cars fixed and modified but instead we was constantly fixing our daily drivers. Which saved up money but with 7 cars was a never ending battle. Suspension work to oil changes it was just one thing after another.

After learning about how good EV's could be I wanted a i3 with Rex but it was far to expensive. Ampera pricing was out of my league too which I was surprised about. The Zoe seemed to have some flaws which is a shame I do like Renualts and I think the Zoe looks amazing. The leaf swayed it with the pricing and it seemed to be better than the Zoe in the things I needed it for. Also I already have a Nissan and bang on about Japanese reliability.:)
 

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So if you can't charge at the job which is 50 miles away you are not going to get home. What range are you expecting? How fast do you expect to drive and on what roads. I'm slightly concerned that your usage profile may cause you problems
 

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What type of charger is in the car park whist at Gym
It's a rapid chademo and if the council arent parked there 2 x 7kw chargers aswell. I have my type 2 to 1 cable on order. It's not in the gym but a 5-10min walk away.

So if you can't charge at the job which is 50 miles away you are not going to get home. What range are you expecting? How fast do you expect to drive and on what roads. I'm slightly concerned that your usage profile may cause you problems
Worst case scenario I will charge it at my brothers house to 100% use my ICE to get to his house leave it there and pick up the leaf which is in Dundee. Then go up to Stonehaven which is 50miles away. Driving at 50mph I'm sure I can make it no problem but seeing if it will do it at 70mph is the thing lol! As I will need 15 miles to get back to use the rapid charger in Laurencekirk. That could either get me back to Dundee or I could stop and charge in Forfar or Arbroath. Then home. I spoke to a guy who lives in Stonehaven where I work he said I could plug in my car there for roughly 2 hours if needed. That might be all I need to get to Laurencekirk to use the rapid.
 

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No, but kinda. At one of my jobs which is closer I can charge my other job I can't due to the location. Boss said I can charge my car at my other job anytime aslong as I pay for electric which is nice of him. But one job is 50miles from home and the other 20 miles. Both in the same direction which is handy. I'm planning to charge my car at a car park in Dundee whilst I'm at the gym late at night. No parking charge and 24hour gym. Worst case is I could plug it in at my brothers and use my ICE(circa 2 miles) from mine to his pick up the fully charged car and then go to work. A pain but if it works it will save me alot of money.
Get a folding pushbike and keep it in the boot, that is what I have, keeps you fit and away from pumps. 2 miles in an ICE wont' be very good for it, never fully warming up.
And welcome to the 'club'.
 

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Get a folding pushbike and keep it in the boot, that is what I have, keeps you fit and away from pumps. 2 miles in an ICE wont' be very good for it, never fully warming up.
And welcome to the 'club'.
Lol. Remember that episode of Simpsons where Homer trains to be a clown and looses the tiny bike lol, That would be me. Thank you all for the welcomes :).

It can get warm like that the car is already grill blocked and I will probably take it for a run one every 2 weeks once the weather really drops. Oil changes are always done at half the normal service frequencies too. So I'm not too worried.

I'm more worried about the leaf when cold as I have no off street parking therefore charging. I've read that it's better for leaf to be plugged in during cold spells. It doesn't get "that" cold usually. Again I could take it to my brothers but is the evse enough to keep the batteries warm?
 

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On my last car, an LPG Corsa, a few years back I remember seeing -13c at Braco on my way home from work in the evening. I don't know how long I will be using the bike in the winter, I've been lucky with the weather so far for the last 150 miles since the summer.
 

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On my last car, an LPG Corsa, a few years back I remember seeing -13c at Braco on my way home from work in the evening. I don't know how long I will be using the bike in the winter, I've been lucky with the weather so far for the last 150 miles since the summer.

I'm not a fan of the cold that too me sound horrible. Do you get winter tyres for bikes or are bikes ok to use in the winter but more people don't want to ride a bike when freezing/snowing and wet temps?
 

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I'm not a fan of the cold that too me sound horrible. Do you get winter tyres for bikes or are bikes ok to use in the winter but more people don't want to ride a bike when freezing/snowing and wet temps?
You can get winter tyres for bikes, but if it's bad enough to need them, you probably want to be walking anyway !
 
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