London – Peak Disctrict – London. My first #electricCar Long distance #evtrip

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I have poked about the long distanceMore and Merrier: M4 Green Park Supercharger is Now Open. Read more ... » EVElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » trip2012 Ford Focus Electric Review . Read more ... » for a while. However each timeElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » i can close to realising that trip, – somethingElectric cars finally make sense… for most*. Read more ... » Else always came up. I began doubting the actual excuses (however real and plausible) and even contemplated whether its subliminal reluctance, or the amount of planning that has to go into any EV trip what put me off.

Weeks following the “inception” of such #evtripNice one: Peter Boyall's Road #evRoadTrip - Glasgow to Peterborough by LEAF. Read more ... », i finally found “enough is enough”, and its time to “Just do it”.

Apologies for possible excessive “speech” marks i tend to go with, but quotes are quotes, merely respecting the literacy.

Ok, Lets be fair, the #evTrip idea has become more balsy, once Robert Llewellyn and David PeilowCharge Your Car network completes 100,000 EV charges in UK. Read more ... » have successfully completed the #evtrip from London to Edinburgh! It was truly inspiring and furthered the realisation how far we have really come. A year ago, in my all electricElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » CitroenElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » CzeroElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » (as per blogElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... »’s original domain name) i barely made trips to BrightonErm, good luck: Southern goes electric – encouraging car park users to plug in while they take the train. Read more ... » and Oxford#Spontaneous #ev #roadtrip #travels from #Hampstead to #Oxford - "take THAT, range anxiety!". Read more ... », gleaming of joy whenever it was a hitch-freeIt's been 3 weeks since I received my Electric car - Nissan Leaf Acenta: miles to date? 1500 miles. Petrol saving of ~£200! Result!. Read more ... » ride.

I wont lie, travelling on all electric carElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... », with maximum rangeElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... », as showed as 80 odd milesOn Hold: London to Amsterdam by #EV #electricCar #green "Proof of Concept". Oh Brave #evMeerkatTrip Leg 1&2. Read more ... » on motorwayIf London M25 Orbital had #ElectricCar rapid #charging at every Service Station - #EV sales would soar. Can't wait.. Read more ... » (or tad less) on even MK2 EV being NissanJapan: Nissan paints picture of future lifestyle with electric vehicles. Read more ... » LeafGood News Manchester: Charging ahead with electric infrastructure. Read more ... » Acenta is, was, rather quite daunting. Afterall we’re talking about 155 miles each way on average. Thats nearly twice of the car’s all electric rangeBMW i3 bigger battery spec, same physical size. 50% increase. Read more ... ».

The Planning

All in all, despite what you may think, or not. I did “somewhat” plan the trip. That being logging onto the Electric Highway websiteAnd so we upgrade from czero "old-faithful" to LEAF Acenta.. Read more ... », to check the statusCharge Your Car network completes 100,000 EV charges in UK. Read more ... » of the chargingErm, good luck: Southern goes electric – encouraging car park users to plug in while they take the train. Read more ... » locations where I planned to chargeTesla Planning Grid Storage As Part Of Supercharger Expansion. Read more ... » at and, naturally have some hot drink and stretch my legs.

Next, I checked all the possible charging combinations, as showed on the fancy Zap-Map. More specifically, IN and Around Bakewell, Peak DistrictLondon To Peak District via Electric Highway & thanks to Nissan Leaf Electric Car. Read more ... » NationalPreparing for the first "Big Trip". Read more ... » ParkBournemouth: 18 new electric car charging points to be installed across Dorset. Read more ... » – our destination. Zap-Map is indeed updated these dats and somewhat more easier to navigate. Indeed, the navigation, or planning miles taken me to goodErm, good luck: Southern goes electric – encouraging car park users to plug in while they take the train. Read more ... »-ol’ Googlemaps.

#evtrip by @evmeerkat London to Peak District

Leg 1FRANCE’S FIRST NATIONAL NETWORK OF DC FAST CHARGERS TO START INSTALLATION. Read more ... ». HampsteadCharging downtown. Read more ... » to Northampton ServicesThames Valley to join UK electric car vision. Read more ... » (M1) is 60 miles. CruiseControl at 61MPH, and we get there in one hourElectric car for under £13,000: Renault #Zoe #EV option in 2013. Read more ... » time 

with spare 20 milesFast charging. 7kw, 32A charging cable option. Read more ... ». resultMy Electric Charging Point Request to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, has had a response from Operations Team. Read more ... »!

Leg 2Charge Your Car network completes 100,000 EV charges in UK. Read more ... »Northampton Services (M1) to Trowell Services (M1). Its another 60 odd miles. Again CruiseControl at 60

MP

H (variable, due to hilly terrain) and we’re there with a dozen miles spare. Proud Moment all round.

We are now 120Miles from homeFree EV charging points scheme tabled. Read more ... »/base. Eerie realisation moment. Yet we are right outside Peak District National ParkLondon To Peak District via Electric Highway & thanks to Nissan Leaf Electric Car. Read more ... ». Lets just get on with it…

Leg 3Nissan Installs Europe’s 1,000th 30-Minute Electric Car Charger (in UK). Read more ... »Trowell Services (M1) – Bakewell. 36 Miles. We can do it, AND come backElectric car charging point in Beeches Car Park is BACK, fixed after six weeks. Read more ... ». This means we should get over 80% charge at Trowell services… just to be safe? Don’t judge me. Better be safe than sorry 😉

On with the story, Having battled the concerns (02013 Nissan Leaf first drive review. Read more ... »-80% limitations advised) at #RCDCOn Hold: London to Amsterdam by #EV #electricCar #green "Proof of Concept". Oh Brave #evMeerkatTrip Leg 1&2. Read more ... » charging pointsElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... » along the M1 Corridor, that turned out not to be quite the case. While indeed the Charging SpeedRenault Zoe EV on sale June in UK from £13,650. Read more ... » drops past 80% charge, to 20A-10A to carefully charge that batteryElectric car for under £13,000: Renault #Zoe #EV option in 2013. Read more ... » without damaging it, – i didn’t have any issues with 80% battery charge restriction. I successfully charged to near 90% (phew!) whenever was necessary

On average i stayed some half#vauxhall #ampera #electricVehicle #review - Finally had a Test Drive of this "legendary" #ev. My Thoughts on it.... Read more ... » hour at the serviceIf London M25 Orbital had #ElectricCar rapid #charging at every Service Station - #EV sales would soar. Can't wait.. Read more ... » stationErm, good luck: Southern goes electric – encouraging car park users to plug in while they take the train. Read more ... ». Morning Leg 1 was convenient and we overstayed the half hour intended time-frame… Why? Breakfast. It Actually taken us longerHere's Everything We Know About Volkswagen's (Not So!) "First" Electric Car. Read more ... » to have breakfast than the car taken to charging! We can discountFRANCE’S FIRST NATIONAL NETWORK OF DC FAST CHARGERS TO START INSTALLATION. Read more ... » that Leg 1 pit stop in my mind. breakfast is a necessity whichever car type you driveLEAF #ev #electricCar Test Drive user experience and Personal Review. Read more ... ».

Second pit stop is the pre-noon coffee breakUK: Ecotricity expanding clean-energy, fast-charging network for #ElectricCar Electric Car with Nissan. Read more ... » &ampUK: Ecotricity expanding clean-energy, fast-charging network for #ElectricCar Electric Car with Nissan. Read more ... »; visit plan. Sat around planning what to do and See by Bakewell/Peak District realising that there is such thing as Cable#EVDA UK Member's Location Heat Map is Live. Read more ... » Car? in Peak District? Really? Yes. its called Heights of Abraham and its quite fun! So the second pit stop was just as useful, and was not even that long2012 Ford Focus Electric Review . Read more ... »

Meanwhile, People to thank? Ecotricity’s Electric Highway  THANK YOU!

#evtrip by @evmeerkat London to Peak District in Nissan Leaf

Small non-issues/Snags we did* experienceElectric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits. Read more ... »

Ironically enough, despite “40+ electric chargingProlific ICEing in Bradford: Access blocked to Keighley car park electric charging point. Read more ... » points added” sat nav updates on Nissan LeafUber to trial fleet of 20 electric Nissan Leaf cars in London. Read more ... »’s 3G liveThe Sorry State of SourceLondon Charging Network but Uptime is reported to improve soon.. Read more ... » OverTheAir (OTA) updates, None of these rapidDropped Crawley Council an email regarding the charging points, lack of, in the area.. Read more ... » Charging points we stopped at were actually Listed on the SatNav’s PointsOfInterest (POI). Which is quite poor, as we had to battled poor 3G signal to workTesla Planning Grid Storage As Part Of Supercharger Expansion. Read more ... » out postcodes from one ChargerBMW i3 bigger battery spec, same physical size. 50% increase. Read more ... » to Another.

Worth to mention, that once you DO charge at any particular locationMy Electric Charging Point Request to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, has had a response from Operations Team. Read more ... », Nissan Leaf systemJapan: Nissan paints picture of future lifestyle with electric vehicles. Read more ... » automatically adds that location with a Charger Icon POI, – for future reference i take. Very useful.

Another useful thing/(Snag) I have personally worked out, – Coming Northbound up the M1 does not mean you can come down the Southbound to the same postcode. It does indeed vary southbound to northbound and if you’re not careful enough, satnav will take you via some B roads or alternativeElectric cars heading for Stratford on Avon. Read more ... » route entirely to get you to… that NorthBound Charger again. Warning! No, it didn’t happen to Us, – you see,- we’re smart monkeys here. When you enter the NorthBound Charger destination postcode (select from history), you can select option to “Alter Location” and then  drag the destination “Cursor” across the Motorway, onto SouthBound side, and satnav does the rest. Either that or memorise the return journeyErm, good luck: Southern goes electric – encouraging car park users to plug in while they take the train. Read more ... »!

Trip Done

Great DayAn #EV Drive to [The #EV hole of] Essex... for the very last time [READ]. Read more ... » out. 330+ Emission Free miles achieved.

@evmeerkat's Nissan Leaf Acenta

In gorgeous setting of a national Park, this means you can truly appreciate the wildlife and spook some locals with your silent drives. Needless-to-say we always felt like “Exhibit A” and conducted aplenty QnA sessions in Towns and ByChargingPoints alike, whenever we stopped.

It only makes you feel that very bit Special.

 

 

 

Next Stop, – Welsh Coast! 

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