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The Nissan Leaf shows the way ahead for electric cars

AS I plugged in my Nissan Leaf for recharging, my worried husband asked: “You’re not going to blow up the house, are you?”

And the answer, of course, was no. But you can see how, faced with a new concept, people will worry that it fuses the lights, blows the socket or sends the bills sky high.

I plugged an extension cable into the hall socket, led it outside, and plugged one end of the charging lead into the cable and the other into the nose of the Leaf.

Umbilically linked to my home, I left it overnight to charge. And it won’t do any harm because all it draws is a 10-amp charge.

The faster chargers you see in car parks draw a 16-amp charge and a new one will draw a 32-amp charge.

And the cost? Just £1.91 to fully charge my Leaf.


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