Nissan LEAF Q&A
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DRIVE AN ELECTRIC CAR?
MY FATHER WAS BORN IN 1919, HE WATCHED CARS COME OF AGE. I SAW A CHANCE TO DO THE SAME WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES.
I HAD AN ICE CAR BREAKING DOWN ON ME,
and so the laid-back maintenance schedule of the LEAF appealed to me greatly. The pep and performance when I took a test drive sealed the deal.
Internal Combustion Engine
A vehicle with an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) that runs on gasoline.
1. EV is mechanically simpler and theoretically more reliable.
2. It was less expensive total cost of ownership than ICE.
3. I want cleaner air.
4. Less maintenance.
5. It's a conversation piece!
6. Gas is so 20th century.
EV Term An environmentally-friendly vehicle powered by electricity in the form of an electric motor and battery pack. Also known as the Nissan LEAF®.
I ALWAYS WANTED AN ELECTRIC CAR
but I would only buy one if it was a true alternative to a ICE. The LEAF is exactly that.
FIRST BEV THAT HIT THE RIGHT PRICE POINT
and was for sale (not just lease). DC fast chargers makes it real world useful.
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 WANTED TO GET AWAY FROM BUYING GAS AT EVER INCREASING PRICES.
Electric prices are more stable and I can install solar should electric go up significantly. I am an early adopter of most technologies so the LEAF is fascinating to own. I was impressed at the test drive event at Corporate HQ in Nashville—the LEAF is very responsive!!I
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I WAS FIRST INTERESTED IN EVS ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO BUT NOTHING LIKE THE LEAF WAS AVAILABLE THEN.
Once word came out to pre register for the 2011, we did so right away in 2010. We felt it was overkill and not necessary to drive around town, burning oil. Once we did a test drive and saw how comfortable the car was and fun to drive, we wanted to order right away. We now have solar so we charge the cars on the sun. Feels great!
IT'S GREAT WHEN PEOPLE ASK HOW YOU LIKE THE CAR AND YOU CAN HONESTLY, ENTHUSIASTICALLY AND IMMEDIATELY ANSWER "LOVE IT!"
MY COMMUTE IS WITHIN A 7 MILE RADIUS.
We are empty nesters so no driving to a gazillion games. My husband still has his ICE for out of town. But, most of all, the daily thought of all the carbon drivers are putting into the atmosphere was making me sick.
ALWAYS WANTED AN ELECTRIC CAR.
The only reason I didn't get an EV1 was because it was lease only, so I knew they would abandon it. Nissan made the commitment, so I stepped forward.
All electric cars are not
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created equal. Some of them aren’t even electric.
I'VE HAD SOLAR PV ON MY HOUSE FOR 6 YEARS
and when a no compromises electric car became available it was a no brainer. I added extra solar panels to my system so as long as I drive an electric car I've prepaid for 'gas' for the next 30 years.
Solar panels convert sunlight into energy that you can use to power your house and your LEAF®.
1. Mechanically simple (reliability, reduced maintenance, reduced repairs) - saves money and time
2. Less fuel cost - saves money
3. Expected longer life - saves money
4. Fuel diversity - financial security
5. A joy to drive! - self actualization?
6. A conversation starter
So it was mostly about the money, and then there was the lack of any reason why I shouldn't.
I HATED GOING TO THE GAS STATION,
and with the savings on gas and oil changes etc. it was a great value.
GAS WAS FLUCTUATING TOO MUCH AND GETTING NEAR $5/GAL FOR PREMIUM.
My gas hog has a strict diet. So at $60-$70 for weekly fill-ups, I did the math and estimated less than $10 for a weeks worth of electricity.
IT WAS THE FIRST PRODUCTION ELECTRIC VEHICLE THAT WAS AVAILABLE AND AFFORDABLE TO BUY NOT LEASE.
The LEAF was less than it would have cost for me to do the conversion I was considering doing.