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ElectraGirl: Electric Car Easter Hunt

Saturday 4th April 2015

While everyone else has been on an Easter Egg Hunt this weekend, I have been on an Easter Electric Car Hunt while over in the UK. Think of it as a follow on from my adventures last August. The Electric Car here is elusive to say the least and I am hunting high and low and looking around every corner, in-between the daffodils and turning over every leaf!

Nissan Leaf in the field

Lesser smooth Nissan Leaf caught just outside Harrogate, North Yorkshire

I have so far seen four different coloured Nissan LEAF’s. That’s two more than in August 2014.  It was most exciting to see the one and only electric bus the other day. But, that is all that I have seen and while I can go for a whole week before seeing another Electric Car in NJ, I was hoping to see more here. It might be that where I am in North Yorkshire there just aren’t that many Electric Cars. I know that the town that I am in, there is only one Nissan dealer that sells the Leaf locally, for all other Electric Cars it is a 40 minute plus drive to the nearest car showroom. Now, that wouldn’t be enough to put me off but I suspect it would for a lot of the locals here.

Tesla Superchargers in the UK and Northern Europe April 2015

UK & Northern Europe Supercharger Network

Tesla are definitely over here in the UK now. The closet Tesla shop to me is 79 miles away. One of my relatives saw Model S one day and apparently the owner had bought it in London and then driven the 200 miles up here. The nearest Supercharger to me though is just 22 miles away.  Now if I lived further south I would likely see more Electric Cars, they do seem more prolific down there. I know there are quite a few BMW i3’s on the road as those people post regular on the i3 FaceBook page, just not around here.


The electric buses are doing well in York and it is great to see them ferrying people into the town centre and helping to reduce the traffic congestion in there. There is still some way to go though to get people more into the habit of using the buses rather than driving into the centre.

Transdev Electric Bus in Harrogate (twitter:@harrogatebus)

Transdev Electric Bus in Harrogate (twitter:@harrogatebus)

Things are changing at their own pace, but it’s all happening, and hopefully there will be more to be seen the next time that I am over here.

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  • MEroller

    Actually yes, on and off I meet a Citroen C-zero on my way to work, and there are quite a number of Smart fortwo electrics now on the Car2Go scheme in the city I work in. But the switch to electric is taking far too long in my eyes too. At least there is now a second vR one electric scooter in my vicinity, but that is partially my own “fault” 🙂

  • Ontario has an $8500 rebate which would generally cause car companies to sell their EV’s here, but Nissan and Ford have vastly overpriced their cars in Ontario compared to the US, and Kia only send a handful of their Soul EV for sale here. nThe Toronto area Smart dealers sold hundreds of ED’s in two months and that emptied out all of the inventory across Canada (out of province cars were all sent to three dealers to sell here in Ontario).nIt’s a simple relationship of supply and demand. In Canada, the demand is low, mostly due to an unsophisticated Federal government pushing tars sands, and provincial governments who have no put any laws in place to push car companies as was done with CARB in US.

  • Richard Glover

    Within a dog walking radius of my home in Maldon Essex UK there is my Leaf (obviously), a Citroen C-Zero, Renault Flourence (not sure of the spelling and have only seen it plugged-in, not on the move) and a rather good looking Ampera.nIn Chelmsford about 10 miles from Maldon, I have seen a few Leaf ( incidentally it is Leaf as in sheep for the plural) one Telsa and one i3 so far.

  • Mark Melocco

    Here in the EV desert we call Australia, there is almost no trace of EVs despite the Volt, Leaf and iMIEV all being on sale for a few years now. Total EV sales Australia wide was 305 in 2013, haven’t got sales for 2014 yet but they’re likely a lot better as the Model S was finally released last December. This seems to be the first car to be cutting through the public consciousness and I am seeing a couple a week in my upwardly mobile suburb in Central Sydney and that’s ignoring my own Model S. My only fear is that the Tesla is seen just as a luxury car and the fact that it’s also an EV and the benefits that EV’s can bring are being overwhelmed by the excitement for the new Tesla.

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