Jan 18, 2019: New Leaf and Progress Photos

Long-time readers may recall my good friend Daniel Jones and his work with Repower Shoalhaven. Daniel has recently moved to Maui and deserves two lots of congratulations. Firstly for his marriage to the lovely Kari, and secondly for their purchase of a Nissan Leaf to get around the island.

Daniel and Kari with their new Leaf.

Daniel and Kari with their new Leaf.

So far they’re loving the Leaf. Here’s what Daniel had to say about it…

I have some exciting news! Kari and I are now the proud owners of a 2018 Nissan Leaf.
 
We picked it up on Tuesday – it was shipped from Honolulu (we saved $8k by doing this due to lack of any competition on Maui)
 
The cost to us after we get the $7,500 rebate will be about $22,500 USD. Starting Price was $32,600, we got about $2.5k off by haggling and through a utility-based rebate before the $7,500 Fed rebate.
 
The car is amazing! I can’t wait to tell you more as we get more experience with it. It is currently charging at Safeway for free about 1km from our house.
 
It has 150 Miles (240km) of real world range, accelerates to 60km/h faster than a brand new golf GTI and is so quiet and fun to drive!
 
We love it!!!!!!!!!!! We are renting (no solar) so we will mainly rely on charging at public level 2 stations, hopefully during the day to take advantage of the surplus of solar energy we have here!

Maui might be the perfect place to own an electric car. For one thing you could drive right around the island in a Leaf with a full charge. Apart from the government incentives Daniel mentions, the state of Hawaii is making big efforts to switch over from the old diesel power generation to renewable energy. Daniel tells me that the Maui grid was at 37% renewable energy in 2017 so it’s probably close to 50% by now. So that makes their new Leaf a much greener option and with free charging at the local Safeway, a much cheaper option for Daniel and Kari.

Meanwhile, back on our little island we’ve started putting the finishing touches on the house we’re building.

Cintia having fun laying the first section of bamboo flooring.

Cintia having fun laying the first section of bamboo flooring.

Click-lock bamboo flooring is really quick, easy and fun to lay. You just have to be sure to leave a 10mm gap all the way around the edge to allow for expansion and contraction. This gap will be covered by the skirting boards so you won’t see it.

First room completed!

First room completed!

We’ve only finished one room so far but it’s fun to see a small part of the house completed. Next week we have the tilers coming in to work on the bathrooms and kitchen. So yesterday we spent the day hammering hundreds of little nails into the fibre-cement underlayment. It has to be nailed every 150mm in the middle and every 50mm around the edges which adds up to a LOT of nails. (I feel a bit sorry for the neighbours after yesterday).

Tile underlayment in place.

Tile underlayment in place.

While the tilers are doing their things we’ll be focusing on completing the kitchen and, hopefully a few more rooms.

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