Digging a trench for Pod Point Cabling and our new Nissan Leaf

Did I mention we signed up to a PCP deal for a new Nissan Leaf? I’m utterly hooked on the Leaf now. After the initial shock at how quiet the demo car was and then the delight at how good the acceleration is (especially compared to our Diesel Renault), I now can’t imagine not preferring to drive an electric car.

Technically we got the car for my wife, but since we can get free electricity at various charging stations, I’m driving the Leaf a lot more than I thought I would. It’s great! Simpler than a standard automatic and the 30kW Tekna model we chose has these all round cameras that make reversing so much safer.

Anyway, I could bore you for ever so here’s just a couple of photos of a trench and a charger point…

As part of the government scheme to promote electric vehicles, we received money towards a charging point that allows us to charge the Leaf faster than through a standard household socket. We’re keeping the Leaf in our garage overnight and so wanted the charger in the garage. All fine except the garage isn’t attached to the house. So, earlier this week (with some help) I pulled up a slab and proceeded to hack through a foot of grit and clay and rock and cement to prepare a trench so the engineer could lay a cable to the garage. I could have paid £90 for him to do it, but… you know…

The engineer arrived today as scheduled and we now have a Pod Point charger:

The weirdest thing while I was digging that trench – I kept smelling what I initially thought was gas. I’d dig out some clay and worry if I’d hit the gas pipe. Then I reached a foot down (Pod Point asked me to dig down 30cm) and I found what smelled and looked like beach shingle… Very strange. Now I’m wondering if that was imported by the builders who built the house or the garage, or if it had been there all along, under the clay…

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