Just a newbie introducing himself and his Nissan Leaf EV!

  • 30 July 2018
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Hi, I’m Jon


I live in Whitstable, Kent
I live in a terrace house with a small front garden and I have installed a 3Kw solar voltaic system that is connected to the grid. I own a Nissan Leaf

and I was refused a dropped kerb and vehicle crossing because my front garden was 200mm too short...
so I applied to the local authority for an on street charge point which they refused on the grounds that my street was too narrow... I now charge my car at home by parking outside whenever I can and running a cable across the pavement through some proprietary heavy duty rubber cable trunking


I have been lobbying the council because the majority of Whitstable has narrow streets and on street parking and there will need to be a charging infrastructure in the town for the future.... My nearest public charging point is 10miles from my house...
I may not be elegible for a vehicle to grid pilot scheme because I have no off street parking but I represent a large proportion of the population in the UK and solutions have to be found for our EV charging infrastructure because the demand is there....


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@Brummiejon

A very, very warm welcome to the OVO Forum, and of course OVO Energy if you have just joined, it's great to have you here! :)

It's certainly proving to be a challenge of our times charging an electric vehicle - especially if you have no driveway or garage as you point out, but this will be become yesterday's problem in the future as with everything, where there is a demand :)

Once again - great to have you with us, friendly bunch on here so please do get stuck in with the conversation,

We're always here to help.

Best wishes,

Bumblebee 🙂
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Thanks.... I love a good community
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Just to echo @Bumblebee welcome @Brummiejon!!

Great to have another EV owner on board and thanks for sharing your experiences so far with owning and charging. Definitely a theme forming around the charging network needing to keep pace with adoption!!

Have you seen this article yet??

https://forum.ovoenergy.com/owning-an-ev-87/long-distance-run-tesla-model-s-1954

Please keep sharing your thoughts and views and life living with an EV, its super helpful and we love hearing about it!

Darran
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Hey Brummiejon,

Welcome to the Forum! 🙂 I hope by the name you are from Birmingham? If so, Hello neighbour! Yam yam here (Black country) How yow doin? If you are having trouble charging your Leaf and are in Ashford, you are more than welcome to use my 7Kw Charging point! 🙂 Just give me a heads up and I'll get the kettle on. I love the Leaf in Red, good choice. I made the worst mistake on got mine in Black 😞 Hard to keep clean but when it's clean, it looks lovely.

Matt
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Thanks Matt.... To be fair, I got the Leaf in red because it was the cheapest, I’m on a real budget... I’m actually a BrumYam... Born in Birmingham and brought up in Walsall.... anyhow, I’m gooin alroite ar kid.... I’m always up for a kipper tie...
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Thanks Matt.... To be fair, I got the Leaf in red because it was the cheapest, I’m on a real budget... I’m actually a BrumYam... Born in Birmingham and brought up in Walsall.... anyhow, I’m gooin alroite ar kid.... I’m always up for a kipper tie...

No worries, just give me a heads up and you can use it whenever 🙂 oh no! Not a brumyam! That’s the worse kind haha 😛 only joking dude, born in Wolverhampton and scattered round great wyrley, Walsall, pelsall haha
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Congrats on finding a creative solution despite all the challenges you faced!

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