Daily Archives: March 9, 2017

CenterParcs' All-Electric Renault Kangoo ZE Van (Image: T. Larkum)

Staying at Center Parks with a Renault ZOE EV

In the summer we spent the bank holiday weekend at Center Parks Longleat Forest with family. We travelled there and back in the ZOE.

Naturally I hoped to charge while there but it turned out to be problematic. It seemed pretty clear that CenterParks was not setup for EV charging. Initially we were offered the use of a 13A socket in a shed in a far corner of one of the main car parks.

CenterParcs EV Charging Point in a Car Park Equipment Shed (Image: T. Larkum)
CenterParcs EV Charging Point in a Car Park Equipment Shed (Image: T. Larkum)

I plugged in and charging started fine. However, I was a bit sceptical and went back after a few hours to find that the charging had stopped, seemingly a circuit breaker had triggered. I restarted the charge, but disappointingly, I returned after a few hours to check on it to see that it had failed again.

CenterParcs EV Charging Point: the 13A socket above the bicycle (Image: T. Larkum)
CenterParcs EV Charging Point: the 13A socket above the bicycle (Image: T. Larkum)

I reported this and that night I was allowed to charge at the external sockets by the main entrance (next to the in and out barriers). However, the same thing happened and I gave up at that point. Instead we charged on our way home. So, overall, we were not too impressed with CenterParks’ provisions for EV charging (though apparently the provision of charge points has improved since).

CenterParcs' All-Electric Renault Kangoo ZE Van (Image: T. Larkum)
CenterParcs’ All-Electric Renault Kangoo ZE Van (Image: T. Larkum)

On the plus side, we did see that Center Parks were making use of all-electric Kangoo ZE vans for work around the park. And we did enjoy our time there, even if it was a bit pricey.

New Lower Nissan Leaf Prices

Nissan Leaf Offers

We are pleased to announce new lower-priced deals for the Nissan Leaf (from 1 March 2017) – and with free fuel! The big news is that the deal includes the supply and installation of a free home charge point.

We are able to offer a brand new Nissan Leaf at very low rates allowing you to save on motoring expenses while driving away in an affordable brand new car. It’s a spacious car so ideal for a family. If you’re spending a lot on petrol, then you can pay for the car with what you save on fuel. You get to drive a new car for free!

Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf

We are offering the Nissan Leaf Acenta and Tekna (each in 24kWh and 30kWh versions) on 3 year PCP; this stands for Personal Contract Purchase and is currently the most popular way to buy a car because of its flexibility. You put down a low deposit, pay an affordable monthly fee (less than many people spend just on petrol), and drive away a new car with fuel included. At the end of the term you can choose to pay an optional lump sum and keep the car, or you can just give the car back and upgrade to the latest model.

It’s like a mobile phone contract, but with miles rather than minutes included.

The two versions have different sizes of battery and so have different ranges. Regarding this, Nissan says:

With an NEDC range of up to 124 miles (LEAF 24kWh) or up to 155 miles (LEAF 30kWh), it’s easily enough to cover most people’s needs.

We’d say this is optimistic and suggest that in typical use the standard 24kWh Leaf has a range of 60-90 miles, and the new 30kWh model has a range of 70-110 miles depending on ambient temperature and how you drive. Anyway, the 30kWh version clearly has a significant improvement in range and we would recommend it to most customers.

The Acenta is the mid-range model of the Leaf, the Tekna is the top-end model.

Nissan Leaf (Image: Autocar)
Nissan Leaf (Image: Autocar)

These are the current Leaf monthly prices (from 1 March):

Annual MileageAcenta 24kWhAcenta 30kWhTekna 24kWhTekna 30kWhFuel Included Mileage
5,000£209£22110,000
8,000£218£23310,000
10,000£238£25310,000
15,000£253£27010,000

The other terms are as follows:

  • You pay a deposit of £999 when you order.
  • Fuel included: you get 10,000 miles of free electricity over the term (this is at the Economy 7 rate though you are not required to switch to Economy 7).
  • You get free road tax and congestion charge exemption.
  • Nissan will arrange installation of a free home charge point.
  • You get free telephone and email support.
  • The standard colour is Solid Red (metallic paint adds about £17 per month – contact us for details).
  • The prices include the battery.
  • If you were to go over the agreed mileage you would pay excess mileage of about 10p/mile.

Full details of what’s included are on the Fuel Included offer page.

Nissan Leaf Spec

The Acenta version of the Leaf has a high specification, including:

  • Audio centre (CD, Bluetooth, iPod, USB) with 4 speakers and steering wheel controls
  • Electric windows and mirrors
  • Auto air conditioning
  • Home charging cable and rapid charging socket
  • Halogen headlamps, fog lamps, Thatcham alarm, immobiliser, daytime running lights
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 16″ alloy wheels
  • Privacy glass
  • Nissan Carwings telematics system with 7″ colour screen and 6 speakers
  • Cruise control/speed limiter
  • Auto wipers and lights

 

The Tekna version adds the following:

  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated door mirrors
  • BOSE audio system with 7 speakers
  • 360 degree Around View Monitor
  • Black leather interior
  • LED headlights with ‘follow me home’ function
  • 17″ alloy wheels
  • Privacy glass

 

For more information download the latest Nissan LEAF Brochure.

Contact Us

 

Coverage: We have bases and suppliers in Milton Keynes, St Albans, Northampton, Bedford and Leicester allowing us to supply all around the Midlands (including London, Luton, Oxford, Rugby, Kettering, Coventry, Nottingham and Birmingham). However we can deliver via Nissan Retail Group dealerships all around the country – just contact us for details.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – January 2017 (Image: InsideEVs)

Europe: 31% More Plug-Ins Sold In January 2017 – Renault ZOE In Charge

Europe began 2017 with solid growth of plug-in electric car sales, up 31% year-over-year according to the EV Sales Blog report. In total, roughly 19,000 units were sold, which is not only the best January ever, but also one of the better months ever.

Renault ZOE took an early lead with 2,602 sales (up 80 percent) after securing 1st place in 2016.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – January 2017 (Image: InsideEVs)
Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – January 2017 (Image: InsideEVs)

In second place was the BMW i3 (1,818), which gives us one way to compare sales of different battery sizes. Renault is seeing better sales of the new 41-kWh ZOE, while i3 continues to sell the 33-kWh i3. Obviously, these cars are quite different, but with EVs, range does matter. And, if BEV sales are so tightly connected to battery pack capacity/range and price, we are eager to see the Opel Ampera-e later this year.

Nissan LEAF keeps seeing strong sales in Europe, taking 3rd place in January with 1,386 sales (up 29%). This EV’s battery increase – from 24 kWh to 30 kWh – wasn’t all that dramatic, and the Japanese manufacturer needs to do more soon. The top three BEVs sold in Europe totaled 5,806 units, which was 30.5 percent of all plug-in car sales. Tesla sold some 819 Model S (#7) and 586 Model X (#11) EVs.

Read more: Inside EVs