Left London at 10.00 and headed for the nearest rapid charge station which was on route to the motorway, there was a car one charge in the bay at Nissan but the guys quickly freed the bay and put my car on charge, about half an hour later the charge was finished and the mileage shows 87 miles left, my GPS showed 53 miles to my next destination where I was going to pick up the new charging cable that did not come with the car, as I got the car through an auction,
set off down the motorway at first driving at about 70 miles an hour, then I noticed the range start to drop so I slowed down to 60 and sat behind the big truck, started to get worried when I noticed I had 20 miles left on the GPS and only 20 miles left in the battery, Aaaaa was about 5 miles away from my exit when the warnings started, I didn't want to run out of charge on the motorway so came off one exit early, on the back roads to my destination, I now had only 3 miles left in the battery and the 3 miles was flashing and not going down to 2 miles even though I had gone much more than a mile so I decided to stop for half an hour thinking the battery might rejuvenate a bit off when I turned the car back on there where no numbers showing only a straight line, (flat lining) decided to drive the car anyway as I was only about 2 1/2 miles from my destination, there was a very big hill just before the Nissan garage and I thought this is where the car will fail, but I made it
Unfortunately the garage is having the rapid charger installed next month, so I had to plug in the new 240v home charger and wait, it was 2.00 and the guy said they closed at 7 so I went in the town had something to eat came back and sat in the showroom until 7 and then we looked at the car range indicator and noticed I only had 50 miles, as I was crossing the English channel to France and then driving to Belgium I wanted to make sure I had at least 70 miles of range and from my previous experience I needed to charge to nearly 100 miles, luckily there was a supermarket nearby that recently put in a charging post, the manager of the supermarket had to come out with a swipe card to activate the charging, all went well for about an hour then there was a click and all the Leds on the charging post turned red and update information appeared on the display screen of the post, the manager tried for half an hour to get the system back on that he couldn't, so I decided to get on the shuttle to France and find a charge over there, as Carwings is not active.
used my laptop and found that they are 3 charging points near the Calais terminal, by the time I found the car park with a painting of an electric car on the wall it was midnight, at least there was no complicated swipe card just a normal socket on the wall, plugged in and started charging and the estimated time to full charge was 6 hours so ended up sleeping in the car, at 7.00 AM I saw I had 96 miles and decided to head to Belgian remembering to stay behind slow moving trucks, arrived at my destination at 9.00 and the battery was nearly empty again.
This car is not good at long distance unless you have rapid charging available on the whole of your journey, and the indicator telling you how much range you have left is an optimist and a liar, on a positive note all the charging was free,
as a new secondhand owner I find the car does everything you want and is fun to drive as long as you don't go on a long journey.
Last edited by powercat
on Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:12 am, edited 3 times in total.