Articles by Darren

2018 Nissan Leaf launch info

Since I was performing Dads taxi duties for my daughter at 1:00am I was awake for the new 2018 Nissan Leaf launch, so here are the relevant points from the presentation.   Presentation First of all the presentation start was…


Residential battery storage secures 5% vat

Residential battery sales have been given a boost by reducing the vat from 20% to 5% when sold WITH Solar panels. This is great news to further reduce the entry cost for Solar home generation and storage. News article from…


Tesla Model 3 News

Earlier today, during a typical Musk Tweet storm, Elon tweeted a video showing the first glimpse of the Tesla Model 3 Release Candidate. For those that don’t know, the Model 3 production appears to have jumped the normal Beta testing…



EV Bake Off – Part 5 – Conclusion

Conclusion This wasn’t easy. Both my wife and I drove the 3 cars, more or less, back to back. We put together our own pros and con list and came to our own order of cars, we did decide to…


EV Bake Off – Part 4 – Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe The Renault Zoe is definitely the ‘looker’ of the three cars, its cute almost feline like front end makes the car look small, actually it’s not that small, parked beside my Golf it’s actually taller and looks bigger,…


EV Bake off – Part 3 – Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf So, the following weekend after having the BMW i3, it was time to give the Nissan Leaf a go. Now this is the elder statesman of the 3 cars I’m testing, having been released in the US and…


Tesla Model X Spotted in UK

OK cheating a bit, it’s a left hand drive version and it’s in the Tesla showroom in London, so not exactly on the road, but at least it afforded me a chance to test out the rear doors and both rows…


Jaguar I-Pace – Tesla Model X alternative ?

Here’s the new Jaguar I-Pace. It may be a concept, but indications are the production car will be released in 2018. It’s slated to have a 90kWh battery, a range of 220+miles (EPA) and a rather quick 4 second 0-60…


EV Bake Off – Part 2 – BMW i3

 BMW i3 So, the BMW i3, quirky, futuristic or just plain ugly?  All very subjective, but as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In my eyes, futuristic and interesting, in my wife’s eyes ugly…. just plain ugly,…