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Jerry Clist’s electric vehicle diary – Part 2

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You know I thought I missed something in my last blog. You remember me talking about my colleague’s long faces because I actually made it back to Bristol without the assistance of a low-loader, well the thing I forgot to mention I made a phone call to the vehicle’s dealer to say to them, ‘hi it’s only me, I’ve made it back’. I only did this because they mentioned no one gives them any feedback about the vehicle. The thing is the ‘’oh I didn’t think you would make it!’ Response from them knocked a bit of wind out of me but I did counter with ‘’that’s not very nice of you’. Nice chaps down there but a bit too straight talking for me.

Anyway moving on I’ve dutifully ALD’arized the vehicle by replacing the manufacturer’s tax disc holder with the big breakdown telephone number on it, with the obligator ‘no smoking’ one and some ALD floor mats and number plates. Also I’ve had a rummage about and found and electricity consumption meter to record the amount of kWh we feed back into the vehicle. It’s easily plugged in between the charge socket and the charge lead meaning I can record all the kWh being fed into the vehicle. We can then work out actual pence per mile for you (this bit could be difficult because the vehicle really is good fun to drive). The only variable factor in this calculation will be my driving style and the time of the day you plug into the grid.

Also the long awaited phone call from the award winning Cabot Circus Car Park finally came through. Calling with good news the Charge Cable un-plugger has been apprehended!! I had no doubt their state of the art surveillance system would identify the culprit and punishment would be metered out without mercy. Well I have to tell you no news is not good news. Apparently the charge cable fairy did it. This is my conclusion because the nice Manager could reveal zilch about anything. It brings to mind Mr Milligan’s ‘’suddenly nothing happened – but it happened very quickly and no one noticed’’. Anyway since this incident I have returned to The Award Winning Cabot Circus Car Park and parked in one of the bays reserved for cars with exhausts. Common sense prevailed this time for two reasons; the electric vehicle does not fit in-between the Golf Buggy parking bay and two; the loss of a £500 charge cable far outweighs the free kWh’. Thanks Cabot Circus you win…

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