Hi everyone,

We just done our first “long” trip few days ago, and wanted to share the experience.

Dublin/UCD down to Wexford, then Bunclody and back to Dublin (~305 km).
Long story short: I love the car, I love Ireland!

Some facts:

1. Nissan Wexford is by far the best customer service I’ve ever seen from a car dealer!
We stopped there for a quick top up at the FCP (24/7 access!). Thomas (Sales manager) came to us, offering some help, and free tea/coffee, wifi access, etc… Makes me want to buy my next car from them :)

Quick charge at Nissan Wexford

Quick charge at Nissan Wexford

2. Never assume an ESB charging point will work, and don’t rely on it!
My plan was to have lunch at Bunclody and top up 1 hour or so there to get the extra km I needed to reach Gorey on my way back. Unfortunately the charging point was out-of-order and kept saying: “Data check not ok” :(
I rang ESB, “Engineer will call you back”. 30km left on GoM, and satnav said 31km to Gorey… after 20 min we decided to give it a go! We made it to Gorey with 8km left on GoM, and a great taste of range anxiety.
30km at 40km/h was not great EV advertising for the 20 cars queuing behind us…

Range anxiety?

Range anxiety?

Quick charge/Chademo at Maxol Gorey

Quick charge/Chademo at Maxol Gorey

The ESB guy called me back, saying he’s reset the charge point, and it’s now fully operational, I can drive back to it. Thx ESB
Rule #1, do not assume a charge point will work, and always have a plan B.

Overall, it was a great and enjoyable experience!
I’ve officially initiated my participation to the fantastic EV Rally 2014! Thank you Paddy Carroll for the amazing rally challenge!