Nissan LEAF Q&A
WOULD THIS BE A GOOD CAR FOR YOUR LOCATION?
IT'S GREAT FOR LOS ANGELES,
because traffic can be awful, especially on the 405, and I get to take the carpool lane with my zero smog LEAF. Also, we get a lot of sunny days, which is great for my home solar panels, which charge my LEAF. And electric cars get free parking in Santa Monica.
HERE IN HOUSTON, WE DRIVE EVERYWHERE.
Public transportation is non-existent pretty much. The LEAF makes for a great commuter car, and it makes you appreciate stop-and-go traffic since braking helps regenerate the battery. And there is A LOT of stop-and-go traffic during rush hour.
AUSTIN IS VERY ELECTRIC-FRIENDLY.
Even in the suburbs we are starting to see charging stations pop-up. I like the fact that electric cars get really close parking spaces. I park right in front at my local Whole Foods.
I LIVE AT THE VERY SOUTHERN TIP OF PUGET SOUND (OLYMPIA, WA)
which makes it a bit tough especially considering where all the fast chargers are being installed but this area has a lot to see and do and being more centrally located would be a HUGE thing but I still manage to do a great bulk of my driving in my LEAF. Add to that a favorable attitude towards EVs by the legislature which helped get public charging off the ground.
Direct Current Fast Chargers
EV Term Also known as fast chargers, Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) deliver a full charge in less than thirty minutes. They’re the fastest EV chargers around, and they’ll charge your LEAF® in about the time it takes to enjoy a great cup of coffee.
I LIVE IN LYNNWOOD NORTH OF SEATTLE
and there are plenty of quick chargers. Fits perfectly for all my driving needs to Seattle or more.
ANN ARBOR MICHIGAN HAS 18 AND COUNTING CHARGERS AVAILABLE
and can look ahead on the ChargePoint [*] website to see what is available.
A LOT OF THE MIAMI/FORT LAUDERDALE AREA IS JUST OUTRIGHT URBAN SPRAWL.
With the LEAF, you use no gas and, hence, spend almost no money getting around the city since you regenerate more power in city traffic.
More public chargers per capita than anywhere else in the US, very mild climate, little sprawl, high penetration market for alternative drivetrains means good local service and support, relatively clean electrical grid, and tons of neat road trips in quick charge range.
Direct Current Quick Charger
EV Term Direct Current Quick Chargers (DCQC) are capable of charging a vehicle to 80% within 30 minutes.
IN LANSING MI THERE ARE ABOUT 20 L2 CHARGERS.
At the movie theater, at the museum, at the local utility companies buildings, and at our farmer's market, there are 2 chargers under a giant pavilion that is a solar array. It's perfect for taking the kids to get some local, fresh produce, play at the park on the river, and get charged by the sun. All are free to charge at.
I HAVE MET NEIGHBORS IN MY COMMUNITY (IN LOS ANGELES) THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
and we have organized to put pressure on the developer of our master planned community to provide centralized public charging stations. The University (LMU) adjacent to us even installed a dozen Blink stations for students and faculty.
PORTLAND EMBRACES BEING WEIRD.
Infrastructure support has been awesome. New fast approvals for EVSE installation, unique car share and charger acceptance, and supportive community go a long way. Oregon spends money on infrastructure rather than tax credits, which I think is a great investment.
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) are the protocols and various pieces of equipment whose sole purpose is to ensure the safe flow of energy between a charging station and the LEAF®.
MAUI IS IN A COOPERATIVE PROCESS WITH A NUMBER OF COMPANIES TO INSTALL A NUMBER OF LEVEL 3 CHARGERS
which are the ones that charge the car in about 30 minutes instead of 4 hours or 20 hours. [*]