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Gloucestershire driving instructor leads the way for Plug-In Car grant

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

By Amita Joshi

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Carol Pepperell beside her plug in charger

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Learner drivers are getting all charged up for an electric experience thanks to a pioneering new scheme.

Instructor Carol Pepperell, who lives in Robinswood, is the first person in the county to be part of the Government’s new Plug-in Car Grant.

Carol, 51, has had her home fitted with an electric car charger for no cost in a bid to reduce transport emissions.

As part of plans to keep fuel costs down, the grant has been designed to challenge petrol and diesel equivalents and encourage the use of electric cars.

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Carol, who teaches pupils in the battery-powered Nissan Leaf, is keen on preserving the environment and said: “With my Nissan, there are no emissions and we should all be looking towards using products like this as it helps save our planet.

“Electric cars are the way forward and with the Government incentive given to me, the financial benefits are plain to see.

“It costs me 2p per mile to run my Nissan and having solar panels in the house means I charge the car using daylight hours.

“Not having to visit petrol stations is a huge plus and all in all, the cost of running the car is considerably less.”

Wessex Garages in Mercia Road, Gloucester, is encouraging the sales of electric cars and has seen a rise in the number of people looking at environmental transport options.

Brand manager there Wessex James Bicknell said: “People’s biggest concern is whether they can adapt to the car and if it would fit in with their lifestyle but after a 48 hour test drive, the feedback has been positive.”

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  • Kay_Powell  |  August 15 2014, 4:18PM

    IsItJimKerr, while you make some good points, I disagree on solar panels and wind turbines - they both work well worldwide, as they are being fitted in some countries without any grants. Nuclear waste is still a huge problem that has been metaphorically swept under the carpet for decades.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  August 15 2014, 9:43AM

    "With my Nissan, there are no emissions and we should all be looking towards using products like this as it helps save our planet................................................" The Graduate quote comes to mind; Mr. Braddock: Ben, this whole idea sounds pretty half-baked. Benjamin: Oh, it's not. It's completely baked. Do just a tad more research Ms Pepperell, especially concerning the manufacture of the batteries and the lifespan of them. 'Nissan UK senior vice-president Andy Palmer has said the Leaf hatch's lithium-ion power source consists of 48 modules, each costing £404 to replace. So owners could face a bill of up to £19,392 for a new pack – that's £727 more than the £18,665 list price of a VW Golf BlueMotion. The Japanese firm has also revealed that battery capacity will drop by at least a fifth after five years. When new, the Leaf's lithium-ion pack has a 24kWh capacity – enough for a 100-mile range. But Nissan said: "Our tests suggest that the battery will be at 80 per cent capacity after five years, depending on charging and usage." Bosses also revealed that the cell's five-year warranty does not cover degradation.' Like most initial good ideas, like wind turbines, solar panels, bio-fuel, bio-mass, etc, after the REAL number crunching has been done, there is no alternative to Nuclear.

  • verysceptical  |  August 14 2014, 10:24PM

    Does she really think that her solar panels are going to charge that?

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  • cmpwat2014  |  August 14 2014, 5:49PM

    Instead of trying to get her face in the papers, she should brush up on the laws of the road!

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  • cmpwat2014  |  August 14 2014, 5:49PM

    Oh dear, this is the same 'driving instructor' that almost knocked me down in the Asda car park as I crossed the zebra crossing as she was too busy on her phone and not concentrating on driving. Make matters worse, I was pushing my 4month old in the trolley at the time.

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  • mikehibby  |  August 14 2014, 4:37PM

    So you learn to drive in an automatic car, and then take you test and can only drive automatics. Not the most useful really...

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