Living with Leaf - Day Five - Friday, 6th February

A quick trip down to the village shop takes rather longer than expected. The Leaf attracts a lot of attention from local shoppers and I spend some time chatting about how it works, what it feels like to drive and how easy it is to charge. Everyone comments on how 'normal' it looks! They're surprised not to be able to see the battery and by how small the charging unit is.

Over the week I have noticed people looking, clearly wondering what make and model the car is. It's good to drive something that isn't run of the mill.

I'm vaguely aware that there are functions of the Leaf that can be controlled remotely from a smart phone simply by registering with Nissan's telematics service, Carwings, so I download the app and check out the demo. The prospect of turning on the car's heating while I eat my breakfast is very appealing - no more going out to a cold car with an iced over windscreen. I learn that you can also check the car's power status from your phone and even set it to start charging.

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This evening sees the whole family pile into the Leaf for the first time. We're off to nearby Cranborne for supper with friends. Plenty of room in the back for husband and son who are anxious to get to our destination at 8pm sharp ready for the England vs Wales Six Nations kick off. We're late so they watch the start of the match in the back of the Leaf on a tablet, marvelling at modern technology (electric car and on-the-go TV - rewind 10 years and who'd have thought it?). The Leaf is well and truly accustomed to its rural lifestyle now, nipping along narrow lanes and developing a muddy camouflage befitting of the back roads along which it's travelling.

We silently creep away in the early hours of the morning, disturbing not a soul in the tiny village as we leave. I'm getting used to noise-free driving but Nick's really impressed and although it's 2am when we get home he sits in the car outside the house, checking out the Leaf's features and displays.

Total mileage: just 24 remote miles.