More and more people are making the switch to green vehicles, and the Nissan Leaf is leading the way. Going from strength to strength, it has captured some big fans in the process. One of them being James Durie, the Executive Director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce & West of England Initiative at Business West. We met up with James to discuss why he's such an advocate of the Leaf.
Mr Durie bought his first Leaf in 2014, and hasn't looked back since, and has recently updated to a brand new model with us. "The new 30w range was certainly a reason to upgrade, not forgetting the excellent DAB radio and sound system.", he said.
So what makes the Nissan Leaf such a great car? Cost savings is just one of the reasons to make the switch. "I drive about 4,000 miles per year, and I can definitely feel I have saved an awful lot of money since making the switch," Durie said, "Of course this is an added bonus on top of knowing I am not polluting as I drive and it is zero road tax."
One of the other obvious reasons people switch to an EV vehicle is concerns with the environment. Bristol has been known as an environmentally conscious city, and was voted 'Green Capital of Europe' in 2015. " The infrastructure for EV's in Bristol has improved to an extent since I first switched," James explained. "I am expecting and hoping to soon see a lot more improvement as a consequence of Bristol and the West of England securing substantial funding as an Ultra Low City run by OLEV about 18 months ago."
Not only is the Leaf environmentally friendly and cost effective, it also has an eye catching appearance which is sure to turn heads. James explains that people are always surprised when he tells them his car is an EV. "I have always liked confounding people’s expectations, as its a very nippy car and is really easy and enjoyable to drive. Amazingly so many people still seem to be interested in it and comment on how normal it looks and also of course how quiet it is. I also love to tell them that it’s a joy to never, ever again having to go to a petrol station!"
So what does the future look like for the Leaf? "There has been some shift in people’s approach but I still think there is quite some way to go," Mr Durie says," Whilst the Nissan Leaf is one of the best-know, there are also other EV models on the market, as other brands have bought out models. However, for them it’s still early days and things like battery life are going to be limited. Wessex Garages just made it very easy for me to try out the Leaf and I really enjoyed driving it. This persuaded me to make the change."
And James has been sure to tell his friends and famaily about the benefits of making the switch. "I have managed to help convince a number of other people to buy Leafs and electric vehicles and none have been disappointed!"