Electric car enthusiast to set up Grantham fan club

David Pepperdine would like to set up an EV fan club
David Pepperdine would like to set up an EV fan club
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A former driving instructor is hoping to set up an electric vehicle (EV) group for fellow EV enthusiasts.

David Pepperdine, 69, of Avenue Road, Grantham, spent 35 years running Phoenix 7 Driver Education, before retiring in 2013, and has since been converted after purchasing his fully-electric Nissan LEAF last year. It is now the UK’s best selling plug-in car in the first six months of 2017,

David travels around the county as an EV champion and hopes to find fellow EV enthusiasts closer to home.

He said: “There is a national Facebook group for LEAFs but nothing local.”

David hopes he can use the group to connect with other EV owners and promote their benefits, adding: “I was first drawn to EVs as a way to cut fuel costs and emissions.”

David is not the only car buyer switching on to the cost-saving and environmental benefits as more than 22,400 plug-in models were registered between January and June of this year, a rise of 14.3 per cent on 2016 and 53.8 per cent up on the same period in 2015.

There are now over 100,000 plug-in cars and vans registered in the UK.

But David understands that it can difficult in the beginning.

He added: “The initial cost can be difficult but the long-term benefits are worth it.

“I’m often asked about charging.

“With a petrol car, you can fill up almost anywhere but with an EV, you just need to plan your journey and look up charging points. A slow charger takes eight to 10 hours to charge but only 30 minutes on a rapid charge.

“My LEAF can go 80 miles before it needs charging but there are cars coming on to the market that have a true range of 150-200 miles on a charge, so it is getting better all the time.”

For more information about the fan club, email
pepsphx7@hotmail.co.uk