Penarth Nissan dealers Wessex say the all new electric car the Nissan Leaf 2 is going on sale at the end of the month – offering a real-world range of 180 miles per charge

The increase in the registration of new electric and hybrid cars in Cardiff South and Penarth is the second highest in Wales – according to the latest Government figures.

In Wales as a whole, electric car registrations rose by 35% during 2017 (a total of 760 vehicles) – but in Cardiff South and Penarth sales have zoomed up by a staggering 53.3%.


The increase here far outpaces the figure for the UK as a whole which recorded last year an increase of just 27% in electric vehicles

Surprisingly however the biggest increase in Wales is in the huge sprawling rural county of Powys where electric vehicle ownership rocketed upwards by 66.7%

The RAC Foundation said the figures were good news, but pointed out that electric vehicles are still only a tiny fraction of all the cars on the road. There are around 2,500 electic or hybrid electric vehicles currently on the roads of Wales but sales are increasing exponentially

Also on the increase is the  number of charging sites across the UK . There are now 4,476 charging stations with 12,849 individual “connectors” (the equivalent of the old-fashioned petrol pump).

Wessex Nissan – based near Penarth in Hadfield Road Cardiff – say the all-electric Nissan Leaf was their No 2 best-seller in the early part of 2017

A Wessex spokesman said that people were no longer concerned about limitations on range and were considering what they actually used a car for .  He said “The cost of running the car is effectively on the floor  – and electric vehicle ownership has become a lot cheaper  over the last 12-18 months. “

A new electric car, the Nissan Leaf II, is going on sale at the end of January which has an extended range of 236 miles per charge  (which equates in real-world terms to about 180 “driveable miles“).    There is a Government grant of £4,500 on each vehicle making the total cost of a mid-range model about £27,000.


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  1. Charlotte says:

    Good Morning,

    I’m not sure if this will be of interest to you, but my 11 year old daughter frequently cycles to Evenlode School on the path that starts alongside the railway line at the back of the Railway pub. This morning she phoned me to say there were thumb tacks all across the path and she had punctured her wheel. This would appear to be a deliberate act and is most concerning because several of her friends use this path, as do many cyclists and dog walkers!

    Kind regards,

    Charlotte Hobbs

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

  2. Charlotte says:

    Good morning,

    I’m not sure if this is of interest to you but my daughter phoned me this morning to say that she had cycled over drawing pins scattered across the path that she regularly uses to cycle to Evenlode School. I’m not sure if the path has a name but it starts at the back of the railway pub and runs all the way down to the cliffs, alongside Plymouth Road.

    This would appear to be a deliberate act and is most worrying as the path is regularly used by school children cycling to school as well as many other cyclists and dog walkers.

    Kind regards,

    Charlotte Hobbs Sent from Mail for Windows 10

  3. Wild West says:

    This electric car business doesn’t surprise me.
    I expect the town’s retirees with time and money on their hands are tirelessly researching the best buy in Which? magazine.

    • The Tax payer says:

      Bet most of them are mobility cars who the government pay for. Would love to know the number of mobility cars that are on the road All paid by the government/Tax payer. But I know this is not very PC 😎

  4. penarthblog says:

    I’ve no reason to doubt any of the figures in this article and I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between an electric car and any other, but it occurs to me that these vehicles won’t become really popular until the infrastructure is in place. But technology is moving at such a pace.

  5. Ford Prefect says:

    We bought a Leaf as a second car, but it quickly became our primary car. I think a lot of people overestimate how far they drive – Our 30Kwh Leaf has a 100-130 mile range and that covers pretty much 99% of all the driving we ever do.

    But I think the most striking thing is the drive quality. Compared to petrol/diesel cars it is so smooth, quick, quiet and fun to drive. I would urge anyone to pop down to Nissan and try their free 4 day test drive of it – you will quickly see why people love them so much. Getting back into a petrol car instantly seems antiquated.

    • snoggerdog says:

      and you can sneak up on the cyclists!

    • Dan Potts says:

      Agreed electric vehicles are fantastic and getting better all the time, but the number of public charging points seem to be lagging behind the growth of popularity of the cars and electric motor bikes, if this is not addressed it may put people off investing in the new technology, but I see that some houses in Penarth now have their own private charging points.

    • PB says:

      And how often do you need to charge it?

    • Ford Prefect says:

      I charge it every day at home. There is a different mindset with an electric car, it becomes habitual just to plug it in when you get home, so it is always at 100% when you leave in the morning. Not having to go to petrol stations is an unexpected bonus, and not forking out £60/70 everytime is a joy!
      Most people with EVs will have a home charger installed, which is usually free with the car, but even if you don’t you can just plug it into a normal 3-pin socket. It’ll be slower to charge, but will still be able to do a full charge overnight.

      • Kevin Mahoney says:

        But how does that work when you have a 200 mile trip to make? Plus charging it to get back?

        I’m all for electric cars to be honest but how practical are they for most people? With limited range and in the case of most people who can’t afford too buy new, buying an old second hand electric car would mean in many cases buying an already heavily degraded battery pack which I understand costs £thousands to replace.

        I was offered a used Toyata some months ago in good condition but a few years old, but when I asked about the battery pack if and when required, was told that a replacement cost £6,000.

  6. cogan nomen says:

    When I passed at 9.30
    Most had been flattened
    But I picked up 4 that were point up .

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