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Just ordered my Leaf Tekna with 6.6 charger and solar panel spoiler and looking to find out more about it! Currently suffering a little pre delivery range anxiety but hopeful that it'll be good. Really can't wait. D Day is 20th September! :)
 

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Welcome and what a good choice. What colour did you go for and who was the supplying dealer? Plenty of owners on here to call on for advice. Range anxiety doesn't last long!
 

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aha another local Ev driver, I'm just over the border in Emsworth and have 25,000 miles in my Mk 1 LEAF. Will probably be swapping for the same car as you Tekna with 6.6 kw charger. Let me know if you have any questions or want to see any of the charging stations / cables.

OCCASIONALLY I organise a South Coast EV Meet (SoCEV) where had over 20 EVs at the last meet in May
 

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Welcome and what a good choice. What colour did you go for and who was the supplying dealer? Plenty of owners on here to call on for advice. Range anxiety doesn't last long!
Hi, and thanks! I have the gunmetal grey. I wanted black originally but the dealer said it would be at least 8 weeks before he could get one and they had the grey one in already, so we went for it. It'll be exactly 2 weeks from placing the order to collecting it :) It's from Ancaster at Eltham. The salesman has been really really good so far.

aha another local Ev driver, I'm just over the border in Emsworth and have 25,000 miles in my Mk 1 LEAF. Will probably be swapping for the same car as you Tekna with 6.6 kw charger. Let me know if you have any questions or want to see any of the charging stations / cables.

OCCASIONALLY I organise a South Coast EV Meet (SoCEV) where had over 20 EVs at the last meet in May
Hello and wow to 25k in a Leaf, that must have saved you an absolute fortune! I'm very lucky in that at my usual 14k a year in a 3litre Subaru (23mpg ouch!) I'm actually pretty much getting the Leaf for free and saving about £100 a month! Really loved the car on test drive too so that's helped lots. Can't wait for delivery now! :)
 

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Congratulations on your decision and welcome to the forum. It's great to hear that you have had a good experience so far with Ancaster. Keep us posted, post some pics of your new LEAF and share your impressions with us here. Feel free to ask any questions you might have – as you'll see there's a wealth of experience and wisdom here. (The forum search function is pretty useful too).
 

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Congratulations on your decision and welcome to the forum. It's great to hear that you have had a good experience so far with Ancaster. Keep us posted, post some pics of your new LEAF and share your impressions with us here. Feel free to ask any questions you might have – as you'll see there's a wealth of experience and wisdom here. (The forum search function is pretty useful too).
Thank you Robwiz. I've just been reading through and trying to figure out which cards to apply for and how to pay for the ones I want. It's mad trying to work out what will work before I get the car but I can't help being concerned that I won't be able to charge it up enough to make the 75 mile trip home, and that's without going anywhere else to show it off first!
 

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The Ecotricity card is essential if you're making longer trips on major roads because they are rapid chargers. If your read the trip reports posted here, it's essential to plan for contingencies (ie always have enough range to get to the next charger should the one you want to use be unavailable).

As you're fairly close to London, a Source London card would be useful too because it includes charging points outside the M25 as well as central areas.

As far as making it home is concerned, provided the dealer hands over a fully-charged car and you avoid driving with a heavy right foot, 75 miles should be easily within range. Speed burns up range fast, so keeping to 55 mph on dual carriageways and motorways makes a big difference and easing off much earlier for junctions helps you claw back range through regenerative braking.
 

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The Ecotricity card is essential if you're making longer trips on major roads because they are rapid chargers. If your read the trip reports posted here, it's essential to plan for contingencies (ie always have enough range to get to the next charger should the one you want to use be unavailable).

As you're fairly close to London, a Source London card would be useful too because it includes charging points outside the M25 as well as central areas.

As far as making it home is concerned, provided the dealer hands over a fully-charged car and you avoid driving with a heavy right foot, 75 miles should be easily within range. Speed burns up range fast, so keeping to 55 mph on dual carriageways and motorways makes a big difference and easing off much earlier for junctions helps you claw back range through regenerative braking.
Thanks Robwiz, that's very good to know! I've signed up for Ecotricity but not yet for Source London so I'll get onto that one asap! Thanks :)
 

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I'm just up the road in Petersfield.
I find the two M25 Cobham rapids incredibly useful. Ecotricity and Source London cards both work. With the change of operator I would hold fire on getting an SL card until we know what charges they are going to introduce.
 

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I'm just up the road in Petersfield.
I find the two M25 Cobham rapids incredibly useful. Ecotricity and Source London cards both work. With the change of operator I would hold fire on getting an SL card until we know what charges they are going to introduce.
The new Source London operator is offering £5 membership until the end of 2014 with free charging, so there's nothing to lose in having a card until January 2015 at the earliest.
 

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Great, thank you, I will order it now. I'm going to have a purse full of nothing but charger cards at this rate! ;)
 

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Bit late, but welcome to Speak EV. :)
Thanks Paul! Great forum you have here, really friendly and lots of very knowledgeable people :)
 

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Welcome to the rapidly growing community of Leaf owners in Sussex from another "fairly newbie". Last month I saw a different Leaf 4 days out of five on the way to work. Reading your intro reminded me of how I felt between placing the order and getting the car and driving it. So many new things to think about like collecting cards and arranging for a charge point at home. Also occasional feelings of "What have I done?:eek:"
Due to problems with suspension of charge point funding I waited 3 months for an installation. I was very grateful for the Ecotricity card and relied on rapid charging at Pease Pottage and occasionally trailing a lead under the garage door to use the brick (only when it wasn't raining). I have only used the Source London card a couple of times but it was very handy when I left the Ecotricity card at home last week. I have a Pod Point card as there are a few of their points being installed. Some will take other cards (Chargemaster or Source London) but a some do not. A good example is the new Sainsbury's in Ferring. I also have CYC which is not used that much in the South but it was handy to have in my pocket as a backup when visiting Bristol as I believe they operate the Source West points. I also decided to subscribe to Chargemaster's Polar App. I disagree strongly with their pricing but it is useful in some supermarkets and is always there as an insurance.
Finally if you do have any "What have I done?" moments I can say that I have had the Leaf just over 3 months covered over 4000 miles and have no regrets.In my second week I went to Somerset and Bristol for a day out with a round trip of 354 miles. I am not missing petrol at all.
 

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Welcome to the rapidly growing community of Leaf owners in Sussex from another "fairly newbie". Last month I saw a different Leaf 4 days out of five on the way to work. Reading your intro reminded me of how I felt between placing the order and getting the car and driving it. So many new things to think about like collecting cards and arranging for a charge point at home. Also occasional feelings of "What have I done?:eek:"
Due to problems with suspension of charge point funding I waited 3 months for an installation. I was very grateful for the Ecotricity card and relied on rapid charging at Pease Pottage and occasionally trailing a lead under the garage door to use the brick (only when it wasn't raining). I have only used the Source London card a couple of times but it was very handy when I left the Ecotricity card at home last week. I have a Pod Point card as there are a few of their points being installed. Some will take other cards (Chargemaster or Source London) but a some do not. A good example is the new Sainsbury's in Ferring. I also have CYC which is not used that much in the South but it was handy to have in my pocket as a backup when visiting Bristol as I believe they operate the Source West points. I also decided to subscribe to Chargemaster's Polar App. I disagree strongly with their pricing but it is useful in some supermarkets and is always there as an insurance.
Finally if you do have any "What have I done?" moments I can say that I have had the Leaf just over 3 months covered over 4000 miles and have no regrets.In my second week I went to Somerset and Bristol for a day out with a round trip of 354 miles. I am not missing petrol at all.

Thanks Sussex Trug, good to hear that others in my area are enjoying the car! Must admit I haven't had many wobbles over my impending arrival, mostly because I know it's going to save me money over my much loved Subaru beast, which I found a little sluggish when I got out of the Leaf and back into the Subaru! I've ordered most of the cards you mentioned and got the CYC and Polar Instant App on my phone for emergencies. I think I'll have to get the Pod Point one too as the Sainsbury at Ferring is very close for me. Do you happen to know which cards the Asda points take? I think I'll go and have a look. Both those are my closest points so I'll be visiting them a lot before my home charger goes in!

Really hope it isn't 3 months but I've not heard a thing from any of the agencies I've contacted that do the installations so I'm now getting slightly concerned! I've visited the Nissan dealer at Bognor Regis, which is in my work area and clarified that it's ok for me to use their charge point so I can see me spending lots of time there too! I don't want to have to be flat bedded away! Can't wait to not have to pay petrol prices any more though!
 

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Thanks Sussex Trug, good to hear that others in my area are enjoying the car! Must admit I haven't had many wobbles over my impending arrival, mostly because I know it's going to save me money over my much loved Subaru beast, which I found a little sluggish when I got out of the Leaf and back into the Subaru! I've ordered most of the cards you mentioned and got the CYC and Polar Instant App on my phone for emergencies. I think I'll have to get the Pod Point one too as the Sainsbury at Ferring is very close for me. Do you happen to know which cards the Asda points take? I think I'll go and have a look. Both those are my closest points so I'll be visiting them a lot before my home charger goes in!

Really hope it isn't 3 months but I've not heard a thing from any of the agencies I've contacted that do the installations so I'm now getting slightly concerned! I've visited the Nissan dealer at Bognor Regis, which is in my work area and clarified that it's ok for me to use their charge point so I can see me spending lots of time there too! I don't want to have to be flat bedded away! Can't wait to not have to pay petrol prices any more though!
Sorry but my Geography was slightly awry with my last post. It is Sainsbury's at Angmering and Asda at Ferring. The Asda posts are Chargemaster but Free. Asda points have received a fair bit of criticism due to ICEing. I have not seen all four bays blocked at Ferring but they are next to the Disabled bays in South West of the car park and I believe occasionally mistaken. If you use them with the Polar App remember to check the post number before logging in. Sainsbury's is a single post outside the entrance to the underground park.

With regard to the home charger I was just unlucky that a combination of staff absence at the provider was followed by the OLEV embargo on funding. When that cleared it was OK and I could have had one within a week if the date had been convenient. At the moment I think firms are getting used to the new rules but there are many others on this forum know more than me on this subject.
 

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Sorry but my Geography was slightly awry with my last post. It is Sainsbury's at Angmering and Asda at Ferring. The Asda posts are Chargemaster but Free. Asda points have received a fair bit of criticism due to ICEing. I have not seen all four bays blocked at Ferring but they are next to the Disabled bays in South West of the car park and I believe occasionally mistaken. If you use them with the Polar App remember to check the post number before logging in. Sainsbury's is a single post outside the entrance to the underground park.

With regard to the home charger I was just unlucky that a combination of staff absence at the provider was followed by the OLEV embargo on funding. When that cleared it was OK and I could have had one within a week if the date had been convenient. At the moment I think firms are getting used to the new rules but there are many others on this forum know more than me on this subject.
It's ok, I knew what you meant with the location! Good to know that they are free though! I shall be sure to ask inside if all 4 are ICEd when I want to use one!

I *think* I maybe on the way to getting my home charger as have just had a call from Chargemaster about booking it in. They've asked for a copy of my order form and an electricity bill before booking though. Now all I need to do is figure out what to have installed. Any suggestions would be very welcome :)
 

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I would definitely get the 32 amp unless you have any electrical restrictions which prevent the additional load. (I suppose it is obvious really on a 6.6kw charger.)

I asked for the tethered lead to save getting the cable out every night. When the guys turned up they just had the one with the type 2 socket. After 3 months wait I would have taken anything. As it happens it is no problem and now just part of my routine. after parking the car I get my bag out of the back and at the same time grab the lead. It is future proof and should any visitors have a different type of EV they can still charge. I think the socket is the best.

Other than the socket or tethered I think that the only other option from Chargemaster (CM) is Black or White. (Sorry but no Gunmetal yet.)

One thing with CM is that they subcontract to local installers. Getting it registered with CM is stage one and then you will probably get a call from a local electrician. I was contacted on their behalf by South Downs Solar Ltd. Unfortunately by the time they got the details I had already made other arrangements. As I said before, this delay was probably due to the funding problems but I wouldn't let them drift if you hear nothing.

I have an unusual house which made the cable run particularly difficult and a fairly constricted fuse cupboard. I sent the installers photos of the locations so they knew what to expect. That way I avoided the situation of them having to come back another day with extra kit and fittings.
 

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I would definitely get the 32 amp unless you have any electrical restrictions which prevent the additional load. (I suppose it is obvious really on a 6.6kw charger.)

I asked for the tethered lead to save getting the cable out every night. When the guys turned up they just had the one with the type 2 socket. After 3 months wait I would have taken anything. As it happens it is no problem and now just part of my routine. after parking the car I get my bag out of the back and at the same time grab the lead. It is future proof and should any visitors have a different type of EV they can still charge. I think the socket is the best.

Other than the socket or tethered I think that the only other option from Chargemaster (CM) is Black or White. (Sorry but no Gunmetal yet.)

One thing with CM is that they subcontract to local installers. Getting it registered with CM is stage one and then you will probably get a call from a local electrician. I was contacted on their behalf by South Downs Solar Ltd. Unfortunately by the time they got the details I had already made other arrangements. As I said before, this delay was probably due to the funding problems but I wouldn't let them drift if you hear nothing.

I have an unusual house which made the cable run particularly difficult and a fairly constricted fuse cupboard. I sent the installers photos of the locations so they knew what to expect. That way I avoided the situation of them having to come back another day with extra kit and fittings.
Just got off the phone to them and I think I'm all sorted. We're having a 30 amp socketed type 2 pod point home charger. Most impressively they could have fitted tomorrow, but unfortunately I'm at work so we've had to settle for the 25th September instead, but that works well with the car arriving a few days before that!

Really can't wait to get it now! 10 sleeps to go as I keep telling everyone!
 
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