St Albans, electric cars, and some facts and figures about Romans #nissanLEAFcar21

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Yesterday a dual car transporter came to St Albans to pick up the Nissan LEAF I’ve had for just over two weeks. The weather was wet and miserable, a fitting send off really because against all expectations, I’m going to miss the LEAF.
St Albans, if you didn’t know, was one of the 3 major Roman settlements in the UK. Of course it was named Verulamium back then, and only got it’s current name because Saint Alban, the UK’s first Christian Martyr, was executed and interred here. Although we’re called St Albans, some websites stubbornly insist on spelling St as Saint but we live with it.

With that in mind, I thought I’d mix a few Roman statistics up with some of my own from my period with the LEAF.

  • We did 263 miles in two weeks with the LEAF, that’s 18.8 miles a day on average.
  • The minimum distance a Roman Legionary had to be able to march in a day to pass basic training was 20 Roman miles. That’s 18.1 of our British miles. 
  • Roman Legionary’s would then pitch camp and put up fortified defences after all that marching.
  • We just pressed the “off” and locked the car- job done!
  •  Icelus carried the news of Nero’s death from Rome to the exile Galba in Spain in only seven days, which would have required a speed of around 10 miles an hour to cover the 700+ miles. He needed a relay of horses, that the Roman Empire kept for spreading urgent news to do this. He would have covered 100 miles in a day.
  • Our Nissan LEAF has a range of 100 miles on a single charge.
I think the distance we travelled is fairly typical of a local family- not a huge amount of travel during the week and a few longer journeys at the weekend. The LEAF did this admirably, so no complaints there!
Even though the car has gone, you can still vote for me if you’d like to (I’d certainly like you to!) here