Facts and information to bust common myths about Electric Cars


Facts and information to bust
common myths about Electric Cars

The Most Common Misconceptions about the Electric Car


All Electric cars are slow…

“The Nissan LEAF accelerates from 0-62mph in just 7.9 seconds.”

But there are not enough charging points!

“FJ Chalke are happy to welcome your Nissan LEAF for a top up charge, as well as several of the Nissan partners around Europe. Over 6,000 charging points are waiting for you around Europe.”

The 100% Electric Nissan LEAF is just too expensive.

Electricity costs far less than petrol or diesel and with the Nissan LEAF there’ll be no more engine oil changes, tune-ups or emissions tests either. Save on the day-to-day and get rewarded too. With supporting grants and incentives, it’s a movement which can’t be ignored***.

How much fun is the Nissan LEAF to drive?

The Nissan Intelligent Mobility features in Nissan LEAF will change how you move forever, with technology that makes you feel connected, confident, and excited. You’ll drive with greater awareness, and you get driving assistance when you need it. Nissan Intelligent Mobility will make your driving easier.

I won’t be able to travel very far on a full charge!

With a new extended range you can go further and stay out longer than ever before. The Nissan LEAF e+ has a range of 239 miles**.

My electricity bill will go through the roof when I need to charge

Save time. Save money. Using the on-board timer or compatible smartphone you can set LEAF to charge whenever you’d like, including during non-peak hours (generally at night) when electricitiy rates are lowest. So charge up while you’re asleep and take off the next day with a little extra money in your pocket.

One pedal must make the car difficult to drive!

Yes. The new Nissan LEAF features the e-Pedal*. You can speed up and slow down in one smooth motion. It’s lots of fun, and enhances regenerative braking, too. At the flip of a switch, you can go back to driving with two pedals.

The Government doesn’t favour electric buyers?

The UK Government offers an incentive for buyers of Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles. The scheme favours buyers of 100% electric vehicles which means the 100% electric LEAF qualifies for the maximum amount.

I’ve heard electric cars are unsafe?

The New Nissan LEAF offers some of the most advanced technologies available. These are features that help you see better, alert you to what’s happening around you, and, in some cases, even step in and take action. Includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Lane Intevention, and much more*. With all these advanced safety features, the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) has given the New Nissan LEAF a maximum five-star safety rating.

If I have the heating system on I won’t be able to drive as far?

Using the heating or air-conditioning system has an impact on the distance you cover, it does use up some electricity. To reduce the impact you can use an intelligent system that allows you to heat or cool down your Nissan LEAF beforehand, prior to travel, while the your New LEAF is still plugged in to the charger. When you’re connected to your home-charging system or a public charging point, the electricity comes directly from the National Grid, not from your lithium-ion battery, so your range will not be affected.

Electric cars are more expensive to maintain than diesel or petrol!

Electric and petrol / diesel vehicles are very similar. Besides the obvious difference regarding propulsion, the main differences lie in the energy needs and maintenance costs of an electric vehicle.
Instead of having to go and fill up at a petrol station, an electric vehicle can be recharged at home overnight. Also, their motors have less moving parts than other vehicles, which reduces the risk of unforeseen maintenance.


YOU want the peace of mind you get from our quality service to go even further.

NISSAN PROMISE to provide you with EV Roadside Assistance for free every time you service your electric car with us.


YOU want to charge your electric car quickly.

NISSAN PROMISE free rapid-charge points at participating Nissan dealerships.


YOU want to make extra-long journeys in your car.

NISSAN PROMISE to lend you a petrol or diesel car, free of charge, for up to 14 days during the first three years of ownership. All you pay is the insurance and fuel.


YOU want your problems resolved quickly.

NISSAN PROMISE to propose a resolution to any problem within two working days.


YOU want to make the right decision when purchasing an electric car.

NISSAN PROMISE to give you peace of mind by letting you test drive a New Nissan LEAF for a minimum of 24 hours.

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* You should not rely solely on driver convenience features. Some features may not work in all conditions and circumstances. Speed and other limitations apply. For terms and conditions relating to Nissan technologies, please click here.

** Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare figures with vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. The electric range shown achieved using the new (WLTP) test procedure. Figures obtained after the battery was fully charged. Actual real world driving results may vary depending on factors such as the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted after registration, weather conditions, driving styles and vehicle load.

***Rebates and Incentives:

Government applied Plug-in Car Grant (referred to as ‘Government Incentive’) of 35% up to a maximum of £2,500 can be applied to vehicles under £35,000. The amount of the grant will be automatically deducted from the price of the car at the time of purchase.

London Congestion Charge, To benefit from the discount, LEAF owners must register a customer account with TFL and set-up Auto Pay (£10 per vehicle per year).


The salesman was bright and cheerful

The experience at FJ Chalke Wincanton Nissan was good because the excellent sales preparation, and well prepared test car for a test drive. The salesman ( Johnathan) was bright and cheerful , and was meticulous in answering our questions, and informing us on all details of the sale. Overall, an excellent company to deal with.

Mr Lyons
6th March 2022

The car was delivered to us immaculately

Johnathan was fantastic throughout the whole process. We are quite a good distance away (4 hours) so it can be a bit worrying buying a car online but Johnathan sent us an excellent video and all the paperwork across. The car was delivered to us immaculately and the drivers were brilliant too.

Mr Mee
2nd March 2022

I wouldn't go anywhere else

I was pleased with FJ Chalke Wincanton Nissan and would recommend them because Dan's knowledge, customer service and friendliness is second to none. Wouldn't go anywhere else.

Mrs Hayes
3rd February 2022

Dan was friendly, informative and enthusiastic

My experience at FJ Chalke Wincanton Nissan was memorable because Dan was friendly, informative and enthusiastic, without the heavy sell at some places.

Ms Lamb
1th January 2022

Very approachable

FJ Chalke Wincanton Nissan were great because the salesman Dan was very approachable, very knowledgeable about the product, listened to my needs and able to offer a product which suited me. Made the procedure of exchanging my old car and completing the paperwork/computer input for the new car easy.

Mr Treeby
12th January 2022

have been a customer since 2000

FJ Chalke Wincanton Nissan were great because I have been a customer since 2000. The customer service is 100%, they are approachable and they listen to your concerns.

Mrs Skull
11th January 2022