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Sharon Fay says:
F.J. Chalke Electric Roadshow at Haynes Motor Museum Friday 25th July

Category: Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset


Event: F.J. Chalke Electric Roadshow
Date: Friday 25th July 2014
Location: Haynes Motor Museum (near Yeovil, Somerset)
Times: Session 1: 10am – 12.30pm
Session 2: 1.30pm – 4.00pm

You are invited to have an ‘electric’ experience by driving the ground-breaking 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 and Nissan LEAF around the Haynes Motor Museum race track and on the open road.

You will also enjoy complimentary refreshments, and free entry to the motor museum for you and a guest.

Please RSVP by calling 01963 834492 or by emailing by the 20th July.

I hope to see you there.


Vince Adams says:
1000 FREE miles with Ecotricity Green Electricity + Car Tariff

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I recently changed energy supply to Ecotricity and was surprised yet delighted to be given 1000 free miles for my Nissan LEAF electric car. This equates to nearly 15% of my annual mileage so is an enormous help.

Equally I have recently used Ecotricity charging points at IKEA in Southampton and at a number of M3, M5 service stations. The points have all worked really well and are free at the point of use, once again reducing my energy costs for travelling.

Late last week I had to travel up to Lincolnshire a round trip of 500 miles and in the short time I had, this meant going by my LEAF would be very hard. So I talked to my local Nissan dealers F J Chalke in Wincanton, and without any fuss they offered me the use of a courtesy (non-electric) car. My only comments was how much I missed my LEAF! My first trip to the filling station took my breath away – £79.00 to fill up with diesel and although the car was pretty economical I still had another trip to make to the garage to top up.

So for cost, comfort and everything to do with green energy, I just couldn’t wait to get back behind the wheel of my LEAF!

Ecotricity are doing so much to improve the Electric Highway, that the next long trip I make, I shall give myself a little more time so I can take my LEAF.

Ecotricity Green Electricity + Car Tariff

If you own an electric car, you too can switch to Ecotricity’s Green Electricity + Car tariff and get the equivalent of 1,000 free miles of electricity each year.

For an electric vehicle to run emission free, one vital piece of the jigsaw is often overlooked – where your electricity comes from. Ecotricity think electric cars – powered by green energy – are the answer.

The main benefits for electric car drivers:

  • Green Electricity + Car customers will enjoy the equivalent of 1,000 free miles of electricity each year
  • Ecotricity’s Price Promise means that for many they are cheaper than the in-region standard electricity tariff of the Big Five
  • Get free membership to Ecotricity’s Electric Highway to charge when you’re away from home
  • Ecotricity have frozen their prices until at least April 2014
  • Ecotricity’s customer service is the best in the business – they have topped the 2014 Which? Energy Consumer Satisfaction Survey.

For more information or if you need help checking that your car is eligible, visit or call Ecotricity (and quote ‘Dorset Energized’) on 08000 302 302.


Sharon Fay says:
Charge your Nissan LEAF e-car in 30 minutes with the new Rapid Chargers

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Even more positive news for Nissan LEAF drivers!

There are now 1000 CHAdeMO rapid chargers that have been installed in Europe.  Out of these 1000 almost 20% are here in the UK.

The CHAdeMO units can charge the Nissan LEAF in just 30 minutes to an 80% charge.  The chargers are available around the UK at Ikea stores, motorway service stations and Nissan dealerships, most of which are completely FREE for Nissan owners, including at FJ Chalke Wincanton in Somerset/Dorset.

If you have any questions please contact me (Sharon) at FJ Chalke 01963 34335 or email or simply pop by to our showroom to charge up! Find out more at our website:


Sharon Fay says:
3000th Nissan LEAF takes to the UK Highway!

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Nissan has clocked up a massive 3000th sale of the all-electric Nissan LEAF in the UK!

Nissan hit the landmark figure in November 2013 when a total of 141 new British built LEAFs were registered in dealerships across the country. Nissan’s second generation LEAF which is built in Sunderland, UK has over 100 improvements over its predecessor and has secured over 1300 UK sales in just 3 months.  The Nissan LEAF continues to grow in other countries to date more than 16,000 have been sold in Europe, while global sales have topped an amazing 87,000.

For more information the Nissan LEAF and to book a free test drive call me on 01963 34335.


Sharon Fay says:
Ecotricity electric highway powering the 100% electric Nissan LEAF

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london to Leeds

Nissan had a record month in September selling 331 Nissan LEAFs, and to keep these Nissan LEAFs powered the electric highway is growing with help from Ecotricity. They have been installing chargers including rapid chargers (allowing you to charge 80% in 30 mins) to Welcome Breaks since July 2011 where they installed their first rapid charger at South Mimms services.

You can now travel the 213 miles from London to Leeds using the rapid chargers on the electric highway.
Take a look at the following link to see the full map of chargers in the UK from Ecotricity:

If you have any questions please contact me (Sharon) at FJ Chalke 01963 34335 or email


Sharon Fay says:
New Nissan LEAF 100% Electric Car to be Made In Britain

Category: Electric Transport

Thursday 28th March 2013 saw the 1st Nissan LEAF come off the production line in the UK in Sunderland, with the batteries also being produced at Sunderland this is a double celebration.

This means that we are another exciting step closer to the launch of the New (Made in Britain!) Nissan LEAF.  The New Nissan LEAF boasts 100 new improvements with a range of 124 miles, faster charging time and increased bootspace to name just a few.

If you would like more information please give me a call on 01963 34335 or email


Sharon Fay says:
All electric Nissan LEAF now more affordable

Category: Electric Transport

If you haven’t heard already, Nissan have reduced the price of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF by £2,500 – what was £25,990 (on the road) is now £23,490 (on the road).

However here at FJ Chalke we have reduced the price even more to £20,000 (on the road – terms and conditions apply). You can also benefit from low rate finance deals with Nissan Preferences at £239 per month and contract hire monthly payments are now as low as only £199 +VAT (terms and conditions apply). If that wasn’t enough, there is also 3 years FREE servicing on some finance deals.

So if you don’t want to miss out on these deals, and you’d like to test drive the Nissan LEAF at our showroom in Wincanton, please give me a call on 01963 34335 or email for more information


Sharon Fay says:
Test drive a Nissan LEAF at A.P. Chant’s Renewable Energy Event in Bridport – 26th January 2013

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Join the FJ Chalke team at A.P. Chant’s Centre of Renewable Energy, The Core, Bridport Dorset, on Saturday 26th January to learn all about the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Arrive at 10am ready for a Presentation at 10.30am.

After the presentation you will then have the opportunity to drive a Nissan LEAF (so don’t forget your driving licence) and you will also get the chance to explore A.P. Chants renewable energy centre The Core, and have a look at rainwater harvesting, solar panels, biomass boilers and lots more.

If you would like to join us please RSVP to me, Sharon Fay, at FJ Chalke 01963 34335 or email (Places are limited so book early!).


Sharon Fay says:
Happy Nissan Leaf-y Christmas!

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We look back over a busy 2012 with the 100% electric Nissan Leaf here at our FJ Chalke Wincanton showroom, and we look forward to an even busier and exciting 2013 when the Nissan Leaf will start to roll off at the Nissan Sunderland Plant in the UK.

Keep an eye on my blog posts here at Dorset Energized and our website for updates and information about this and everything Nissan Leaf at FJ Chalke!

It just leaves me to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

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  • vince adams comments:
    "I did a trip to London today, stopped halfway to Richmond near Camberley,30 minute fast charge both way’s and just got home safely.
    What’s Santa going to put in your stocking ? Could it be the new Leaf or even a test drive, I can highly recommend "

    December 20, 2012 a 5:48 pm


Sharon Fay says:
Time to turn over a new LEAF (£1600 deposit contribution towards a brand new Nissan LEAF)

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Have you ever thought about buying an electric car but thought it was going to be to expensive and gave it no more thought? Well here are a few points you may not have thought about with the bigger picture of owning a Nissan LEAF compared to a combustion engine car…

Costs like fuel that just keep rising but you can charge the Nissan LEAF from as little as £2.03 for a full charge.  This is an annual cost of £186 based on 10000 miles per annum.  With the average cost of a gallon of petrol now £6.32 what does you car do to the gallon? The Nissan LEAF is 339 mpg.

We all hate to pay road fund license, but with the Nissan LEAF this is NIL and the same with the congestion charge in London which is normally £8 a day but NIL if you have a Nissan LEAF.

All these savings add up plus with the £1600 deposit contribution with Nissan Finance you can save yourself even more on monthly payments.

So enjoy the luxury, comfort and smooth ride of the Nissan LEAF –  it may not be as expensive as you think!

Give me a call (Sharon Fay) at FJ Chalke Ltd 01963 34335 or email for FREE advice to get on the road to greener energy.


Vince Adams says:
Ecotricity announce new DC fast charge technology for the Electric Highway

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Real progress!

I have just been informed that Ecotricity have announced their new DC fast charge technology for the Electric Highway.

They have teamed up with Nissan to roll out fast charge technology at 40 Welcome Break motorway service stations.

Hopwood Park, South Mimms and Oxford Welcome Break Service Stations are up and running. This means electric car owners like myself will be able to charge a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi iMiev in under 30 minutes.

Use of Ecotricity’s charging network is currently free – they want to encourage the take-up of electric vehicles and being able to recharge quickly is obviously a big part of this.

View the Ecotricity Electric Highway online map for which ones have been installed already and those coming next:

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  • Lucy Chant comments:
    "Thought you would be interested to know that our electric car charging point is now fully operational and we have been loaned a Nissan Leaf from F J Chalke in Wincaton! Come along to our official launch event on Saturday 24th November at the CORE, hope to see you there, regards
    Lucy "

    November 13, 2012 a 2:01 pm


Sharon Fay says:
Introducing FJ Chalke’s New Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager

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My name is Sharon Fay and I am the new Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager at Dorset Energized’s partners FJ Chalke in Wincanton.

I have worked for FJ Chalke previously as Receptionist and then as Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager, but having been out of the car industry for a year and missing the buzz of sales, the role came up again as Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager [as Beverley has gone onto pastures new] and as they say… the rest is history.

I am looking forward to taking the Nissan LEAF on the next stage of its journey and introducing new electric vehicles to the Nissan EV range. So if you would like to arrange a test drive, ask a question or have a chat about the LEAF please do not hesitate to contact me on 01963 34335 or and of course there is lots more information on our website on:


Lets Get Energized says:
The Green House eco-friendly hotel in Bournemouth unveils new EV charging points

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We are very excited to hear that yesterday, The Green House hotel in Bournemouth unveiled their new Electric Vehicle charging points.

The award winning Green House is a beautiful eco-friendly boutique hotel in the heart of Bournemouth that lives, eat and breathes sustainability. In 2011 it was listed in the Guardian’s Green Travel List 2011 and it has just received a gold accreditation from the Green Business Tourism Scheme.

Extensive thought and painstaking research has gone into every aspect to ensure that this designer hotel minimises its impact on the environment at every turn. Interior highlights include 100% UK wool fabrics, woven on the isle of Bute, British designed and made wallpaper, FSC certified, printed with vegetable ink, solid hard wood furniture, either recycled or hand crafted in the UK from fallen trees damaged through storms or disease. Solar thermal energy, complemented by electricity generated on site, ensure that public resource is only used where absolutely necessary. All of this without compromise to guest satisfaction and pleasure, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Now it has just increased its green credentials by the activation of their two Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, donated by Zero Carbon World.

Olivia O’Sullivan General Manager for the hotel said “As the greenest hotel in the UK we are always looking for ways in which to add to our green credentials. As we already generate our own electricity onsite, what better way than with EV charging points, so our guest’s can charge their Electric cars”.

Zero Carbon World donates Charging Stations to the hotel and leisure industry to support the development of a national charging infrastructure and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. “There are no restrictions to use Zero:Net,” said Kevin Sharpe Founder of Zero Carbon World and Chair of the Trustees. “You don’t have to be a member, subscribe, pay in advance or use a smart card to access electricity. Wherever EV drivers are, they can recharge while eating, sleeping, working or simply relaxing. We are extremely proud to be creating the UK’s only Open Charging Station Network”. Growing rapidly with over226 donations to date, ZCW is on track to install 1000 Charging Stations in the UK.

Westover Nissan was invited by the hotel to be the first to connect a Nissan LEAF on the new charging point. Sallyann Tanner Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager for Westover Nissan said
“This charging point will allow guests to stay in a gorgeous eco friendly green hotel and charge their eco friendly electric car whilst staying in one of 32 superb guest rooms, this is ecotourism at its very best”.

Olivia told Dorset Energized “Everyone was so excited with lots of great stories. These Nissan LEAF cars are amazing, they are so quiet and really fast and better still 100% tax deductable!”.

All guests who dine or stay at  The Green House get to charge their electric vehicles for free so you don’t have to be a member of anywhere to use it.

For more information on The Green House eco-friendly hotel visit:


Nathan Shaw says:
Electric Car Movement Picks Up Speed!

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Not quite news from Dorset, but a bit further north the electric car movement has picked up some speed (apologies).

On Monday, Michael Eavis, of Glastonbury fame, was seen plugging his Nissan LEAF [leased from Dorset Energized partners FJ Chalke in Wincanton] into Bristol’s first free green public electric vehicle charger.

Solar Sense installed the point and has confirmed it is for use 24 hours a day and, on top of this, they have just invested in a fleet of electric cars. If the demand is high enough, then hopefully more will be implemented within the Bristol area.

Also, British Gas last week announced a new 6 month scheme with POLAR, through which the companies will install 1500 free charge points for people living in London, Milton Keynes and the Midlands as well as providing electric car owners with a free home charger and installation.

In Wales, Zero Carbon World, in association with Good Energy, have just installed 2 electric charging pumps at the Centre of Alternative Technology, with plans for more to hopefully increase the potential of electric transport across the border.

Finally, the Department of Transport has published figures showing that 473 new electric cars were purchased between April and May 2012 – double the figure for the same period last year. This can attributed to the plug-in grant scheme offering buyers £5000 of the 10 electric car models.

It seems that the issue of what comes first: the electric car or charging point is beginning to be solved. Hopefully this can increase demand, reduce cost and bring the relevant infrastructure to areas away from the major cities, places like Dorset. Of course, this all means very little if the electricity is not coming from renewable sources but action to create a sustainable transport network is being taken, and sometimes action creates change.


Vince Adams says:
Time to build the Electric Highway

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As one of the growing number of electric car owners I am travelling to just West of Taunton tomorrow a journey of 51 miles. My Nissan LEAF has a one charge range of 100 miles so its quite a finite judgement on whether or not I can make the return journey without a top up charge.

If I can find a Nissan dealer who has the high speed charger within 30 minutes I can have 80% of my battery life re-charged, but they are few and far between. If I can find an outside 13 amp plug socket I can plug in and within 3 hours I have 30/40 miles which is all the comfort level I need to be sure of completing the return journey.

But would you believe it they again take so much finding in convenient places. Already I have been parked on lawns outside hotels, behind the kitchens in factory sites and wedged in with golf carts at Golf Clubs.
For my Taunton trip I have rung ahead and explained my situation and although I am sure we shall find a way the person I talked to was not able to confirm 100% all would be well.

It’s interesting that in just the same way intrepid early motorists set out on 10/15 journeys not knowing if they would find a chemist or corner store selling petrol in glass jars.So they would take their own supply of small jars and top up regularly even on such a small run. It’s amazing to think of the advances that have been made in petrol delivery, stations etc. So it’s little wonder that at the beginning of the electric highway the going is tough for forward proofers like myself.

It’s why I urge business and councils to begin to invest in the new way of travelling. Supermarkets are starting to put in charging pods but they are few and far between and hard to find. It’s time to really open up the highway, reduce CO2 emissions, reduce our reliance on Oil and focus on the new way forward.

We can do it, and you know it’s a real New Industrial Revolution opportunity for the Country in these times of recession.

Let’s get on with it sooner rather than just following the rest of the World.
Just take a look at what is possible! See:

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  • Simon Rayson comments:
    "It still seems rather astonishing that more businesses haven`t realised that by offering even a basic 13Amp plug/recharge facility, they could gain the support and the custom of electric vehicle users – and that of course includes electric cars, electric bicycles, electric scooters, electric motorbikes and of course electric mobility scooters as well. Seems like missed opportunity to me. "
    August 29, 2012 a 5:26 pm


Beverley Satchell says:
Nissan LEAF coming to the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, August 15th 2012

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The Nissan LEAF will be attending the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show with our team from FJ Chalke. You won’t miss us, our pitch will include the other franchises from FJ Chalke.

We would like to invite you to come and take a look at the Nissan LEAF, and if you like what you see, why not book a free no-obligation test drive. I will be there to answer all of your Nissan LEAF questions and show you around the car. I look forward to seeing you there!

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show
Wednesday 15th August 2012
8.30am – 6.30pm

Turnpike Showground
North Dorset

For more information on the event visit their website:


Theresa McManus says:
Green Car of the future? The Volkswagen Levitating Car

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What do you think of this video for the Volkswagen Hover Concept Car?!
It’s a pod-like zero-emissions vehicle that uses electromagnetic road networks to float above the road.

I love sci-fi, and can’t wait to see a real Dalek on an anti-grav disk (I’d be looking for a nearby sofa to hide behind, though!). But my question for this concept, and for any new technology, would be what are the cradle to cradle costs, including all the environmental impacts, not just of the cars, but of the infrastructure, and the potential health risks posed by EM fields? At the end of the day, I think it is better for the planet and for people to just take a walk instead of drive : )

However, here at Dorset Energized we want to encourage people, including technogeeks, to make small steps in the right direction, so we recommend getting an electric car like the Nissan LEAF before considering a Levitating Car!

Find out more about the current zero emissions technology available today:

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  • Len Herbert comments:
    "VW are clever at marketing, when people see this they think VW must be the Greenest car company, they couldn’t be more wrong! See this link for what they really get up to. "

    July 9, 2012 a 8:38 pm


Beverley Satchell says:
Vince’s Nissan LEAF Gets Dorset Energized with FJ Chalke!

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Dorset Energized’s very own Vince Adams came over to F J Chalke Wincanton today for his annual service… and to have the graphics done on his Nissan LEAF! Not only does it advertise the Dorset Energized website, but also gives people the opportunity to get directed via our smart phone QR reader, to our FJ Chalke – Nissan LEAF webpage for more information.

This is a brilliant idea, as we work closely with Dorset Energized, and this really seals the relationship! I think Vince is going to get a lot more interest in his Nissan LEAF then he does already (which I hear is a fair bit!), and with the car parked up, people can access the information whilst they are curious about the car.

If you see him driving around Dorset be sure to send us your comments, or maybe tweet us your photos @WincantonLeaf


Beverley Satchell says:
Win a Nissan LEAF + Help Dorset/Somerset to Win Rapid Electric Car Charging Stations

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Have you visited the The Big Turn On yet? Nissan LEAF aims to get one million people to Turn On to 100% electric driving on their fantastic The Big Turn On website at: Once ‘Turned On’ you will be entered onto a leader board where you could WIN a Nissan LEAF or an iPad2 as their weekly prize. You can then gain additional points by taking part in various activities and encouraging other people to ‘Turn On’ too.

Nissan will also donate rapid charging stations to the city with the most ‘Turn Ons’. Please help F J Chalke make Wincanton (in Somerset near Dorset) part of a low-carbon lifestyle for a more sustainable future, by turning on Wincanton!

Check out the Winning Cities board here: and click the ‘TURN ON’ button for Wincanton or your nearest city. Southampton and Bournemouth are currently in the top 30!

Remember you can book your FREE Nissan LEAF test drive with us at F J Chalke to see how easy it is to make the change to 100% electric driving.
To book your 24-hour test drive at FJ Chalke Wincaton visit

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