She’s Electric | Nissan Leaf Review

When we think about buying a new car, there are certain things that are on the check list aren’t there?

Model, size, economy — maybe even the colour.

Perhaps you prefer a diesel engine to a petrol one? I’d certainly take emissions into account too but apart from that, the green credentials of a vehicle are slightly hazy.

So when we were given the opportunity to review not one but two zero emission, electric cars, back in November, we were really up for the challenge.

I can honestly say — hand on heart — that electric cars were just not on my radar before this. I’d heard of them but I don’t think I’d ever noticed them on the road.

I’m not sure what I was expecting either.

‘A milk-float perhaps? ‘

I certainly wasn’t expecting the slick, cool little car that arrived.

The Nissan Leaf Review

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Fab looking outside and in.

The interior was roomy; the boys carseats fit really well in the back and didn’t feel too squished. In fact, the Nissan Leaf was a little bit Tardis like, in that in felt an awful lot bigger on the inside, than in looked on the outside.

Plus it had a large enough boot-space for the boys’ travel cots, an enormous double buggy, a potty and weekend bags for all four of us.

In fact, I think the boot was larger than our Freelander.

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We were SO impressed with this little car.

The benefits — apart from being kind to the environment — are huge.

Incredibly cheap to run (fuel costs from just 2p a mile and you can get 100% charge for around 2 quid) plus you can charge it up at home or join one (or more) of the networks and charge at the points across the UK.

There’s no road tax to pay; or congestion charge if you’re travelling into central London. In some cases there is also free parking plus you can actually charge for free too in certain places.

For town or city dwellers they’re absolutely genius. Although, even for country bumpkins like us, if you planned your route well enough and knew where all the charge points were for a long journey, it would be a fab option.

It’s not something we’d have ever considered before now but I can really, really see the benefits.

Whilst we had the Nissan Leaf we took part in a little electric vehicle challenge (#EVChallenge) to see if an electric car is all it’s cracked up to be.

The first test was to see if we could drive into central London, for a day out, for less than £5.

How did we get on?

Have a look!

As part of our Nissan Leaf Review were lucky enough to take part in the #EVChallenge along with Penny from Parent Shaped and Clara and Kirsty from My Two Mums. We — plus the film crew — were set different challenges and between us road tested seven electric cars.

You can find out about all the different models and see how the others got on here.

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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8 Comments

  1. 4th March 2016 / 10:20 pm

    This looks so cool, when our car finally dies, we will certainly consider an electric or hybrid car, the technology seems to have come on in leaps and bounds xx

    • 5th March 2016 / 3:23 pm

      I’d have never considered one — but I definitely would now. I was SO impressed with it!! xx

  2. 6th March 2016 / 7:24 pm

    It looks like such a cool little car Caro, and that would save a fortune if you worked in London, ooh and I love the vlog too you look fantastic x

    • 6th March 2016 / 8:02 pm

      It is SUCH an amazing car Sarah!! I thought I’d hate it — or at the very least just be a little bit blasé about it but I was totally smitten!!

  3. 10th March 2016 / 3:54 pm

    This looks like an amazing car, i’m really impressed with the size of the boot! I also can’t believe how cheap it is the run! Great review xx

    • 11th March 2016 / 10:58 am

      It was AMAZING Kerry!!! The boot was blooming massive — much bigger than our current car!! :)

  4. 11th March 2016 / 12:57 pm

    I must say that I too had not thought of electric much till I saw K&C posts, but between seeing all your comments I am a little intrigued, I like the idea, now the question is are there any charging points where I would take it xx

    • 23rd March 2016 / 2:59 pm

      I had never, ever considered it!! The cars are absolutely amazing though — we would definitely give it some serious thought. And you can look on the Zap Map to see where all the charge points are! :)

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