After 100+ years of the combustion engine it’s exciting to see cars receiving a fully developed modern upgrade. Since 2017 I've taught in a Nissan Leaf electric car. Electric vehicles (EV’s) are smooth, quick and a joy to drive. The environmental benefits and the potential to clean the air we all breath is an inspiringly achievable prospect. My car is home powered by 100% clean renewable energy provider Ecotricity using Pod Point chargers and during the day I occasionally use Polar chargers.

Demand for automatic cars and tuition is increasing dramatically, over 40% of all new cars are now automatic and they represent over 50% of new leased cars. Modern technology (hybrids, EV’s, hydrogen) is making the clutch and gearbox technologically redundant.

After 20 years driving manual cars I wish I had switched to automatic much sooner. For many drivers automatic is beneficial and more desirable because it reduces 'cognitive overload' allowing the driver to focus on the true skills of driving such as anticipation, planning, judgement, interaction with other road users etc. Certain difficulties such as dyspraxia and anxiety tend to be more suited to automatic cars.

"If you struggle with driving don't cope in a manual when you could thrive in an automatic."

I'm actively involved in the promotion of electric vehicles within the driver training industry for their environmental benefits and because they are simply so wonderful to drive. At conferences and associations I deliver presentations, talks and displays relating to the realities of life in an EV as a driving instructor. I co-organise the Nottingham EV Owners Club and my EV driving school is featured as a case study on Ecotricitys Power to the EV People, Theory Test Pro's Meet the Instructor, British Gas's Reality of Electric Cars, Nottingham City Councils ULEV Experience including a video interview, GoRoadie, EV News Daily, Pod Points Q&A and an article regarding long journeys. I discussed EV's on episode 129 of The Driving Instructors Podcast, wrote various articles for the Motors Schools Association and the Association of Driving Instructors National Joint Council in August 2017, February 2018 and May 2018. My electric driving school car proudly led The Big Learner Relay through Nottingham in 2017 for BBC Children In Need. I reguarly write for the driving instructor industry magazine Intelligent Instructor via their printed and online resources. I have done various media interviews including ITV News and BBC Radio Nottingham. My EV featured at Nottinghams electric car FestEVal where I gave a 10 minute presentation. I attended the Ride & Drive to experience varied electric cars and recently wrote an article for Nottingham Council regarding longer journeys in electric cars.

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