A few weeks ago I was rattling along in my diesel Mitsubishi ASX when I heard yet another radio news story about the negative impact that our fossil powered vehicles have on our climate.
I decided that it was time for me to do my bit, regardless of how small and I headed off in search of a replacement for the ASX. First stop was our local Hyundai dealer in search of the battery electric Kona. “I would like to see the Kona electric please” I cheerfully said to the car sales person, “so would I!” He replied. It turns out that the Kona is only available on-line, Tesla style and demand is high.
Kia was next but their all electric Nero is not yet available so no joy there. I had heard good things about the Kia Optima PHEV Sportswagon but our local dealer had neither the Saloon or Sportswagon PHEV Optima and only one Optima of any kind! I finally found the exact car that I wanted at an independent dealer and snapped it up.
Step two was to get a home charge point and I plumped for Pod-Point. This was a pleasantly easy process from first ordering on the Pod-Point website through to installation.
I received help with getting the government grant, the installation date was well managed, the engineer sent me a text advising me off his arrival time and he arrived bang on time, and after about an hour and a couple of coffees we now have a smart Pod-Point charger on the wall and my car has a full battery.
Tomorrow I should be able to cruise silently to work, which is just within my new cars’ 33 mile EV range.
I would have loved an EV but Tesla prices are too steep for my budget, at least to get one new enough to fit in my company rules, and the alternatives are just too hard to get hold of but my PHEV seems a good step forward.
Oh well, definitely a fully electric next time!
For a while now I have been considering starting up a blog and I have been getting encouragement from a few friends. I suspect this is largely because I quite enjoy throwing in a controversial comment on social media conversations and then standing back and letting everyone else get on with a damn good argument.
With this in mind, and the fact that I wanted to resurrect my small ‘Clan Hannay’ website in order to share our direct family history and artefacts, I signed up with wordpress to get a replacement for my old site up and running. I am also keen to share some of my experience in sales to those thinking of taking this up as a career path and maybe being discouraged by the impression given by TV shows such as the BBCs’ ‘The Apprentice’, that to succeed you need to be an arrogant plonker with a massive ego. Maybe if you plan on being some jet setting, multi millionaire its what you need to be, however most sales people are decent and hardworking professionals and I hope to be able to offer my knowledge, such that it is, to help them avoid the pitfalls and to truly enjoy business to business selling as a career and as a route into management and maybe the freedom of self employment and creating a business.
I start this blog though with the sad news of the passing of my Dad, Brian Hannah, at the age of 86. Dad started out in sales back in the 1960’s working for the ‘London Rubber Company’ selling and refilling codom machines in pubs. I remember him telling me how the landlords welcomed him with open arms (and pre drink driving laws) with a free pint, as they did nothing but offer some wall space in the loos and in return got a cut of the condom machines takings!
He always worked hard to be successful and to provide for us, his family, and this sometimes made him a hard character to live with but he was my Dad and I loved him for who he was. Its probably fair to say that my selling style was quite different to his, which came from an era where entertaining the customers was as big a part of business as any product or service and most of his customers became close friends.
He ultimately became sales director of Leicester’s Invictor Plastics, famous for the game ‘Mastermind’ (trade marking that must have annoyed the BBC) and for the original Red Nose Day red noses.
So I dedicate this blog to my Dad who spent his life ignoring advice to cut down his drinking and eat healthily and lived well until a very short time before his death at 86 year old. Here’s to you Dad.
Stuart Hannah 22/07/2018