Pros 95% of all our car travel will be able to be done with the Leaf. The Hydro power here in the NW means that we can truly do it with zero emissions.
Even with coal plants making the electricity, its a better choice than gas. Only one pipe to fix.
Cons 100 miles. I'd like 300 but the technology will come along soon enough
Summary An amazing car and I have been converted from a life long Honda customer to a (from now on) Nissan one. They stuck their necks out here and came up roses.
Pros Reduces our dependance on foreign oil, less emissions than regular gasoline cars, good pickup, cool technology
Cons Has a limited range. Have to plan a bit more when I want to drive more than 100 miles.
Summary I was lucky enough to get to test drive the LEAF at a Nissan drive event. A pretty cool car. Easy to use.. just turn it on and start driving. It has some really nice pickup from a stop light. Lots of torque. I love the fact that is emits less air pollution than most other cars. The car has 0 emissions.. but the power plant does emit some pollution (but alot less than if I was driving my gasoline car). We put in solar panels on our house.. so we can use that power to charge our LEAF! How cool.
One other feature that I really liked was the audio system. I can plug in my USB flash drive and have all my music right there to play immediately. Cool feature. The leg room was pretty good for me (I am 6'1").
The only real disadvantage for us is the limited range. But 100 miles will work for most of our driving. Will work great for when I drive to work, run errands, visit family, etc. Not great for a big road trip though. It won't work for everyone... but good to see alternatives out there. I love being able to reduce our dependance on foreign oil. We can make our own electricity right here in the USA.
Pros -Drives great
-Outstanding Cabin Tech
-Bye-bye, oil dependency
Cons -Limited range means it's not for everyone
-Hyper-environmentalists will cause "smug alerts"
-Rabid haters of everything green will give drivers threatening glances
Summary The pros and cons have been argued ad nauseum. Drive one yourself and see if you like it. I did. Then, decide if you can survive on 80-100 miles per day (the cabin tech makes it idiot-proof). If the car works for you, buy it. But please don't rant about how it's not good for the environment or its a step in the wrong direction. Anything that decreases (foreign or domestic) oil dependence is a good thing. And for the naysayers who repeatedly say that electric cars generate more emissions because of coal, check this out:
From: "Busting the Myths About electric Cars" - Coal-burning utilities mean electric cars will make emissions worse" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/30/busting-myths-electric-cars)
Hardly. Even in predominantly coal-burning regions, an electric car releases 35 to 60 percent less CO2 than a comparable conventional car, according to industry think tank Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In areas with an ecofriendly power mix, the emissions are up to 75 percent lower. EPRI transportation expert Mark Duvall points out that "as the grid gets cleaner-which it almost certainly will-electric cars will get cleaner, too." Bonus: Unlike gas, which is refined largely from imported petroleum, electricity flows from domestic sources.
Pros For a "first" it seems well polished, if you drive less than 80 miles/day, everybody wins ;)
Even if you don't care about the others, the Leaf is still a pleasure, relaxing experience to drive with a fraction of the cost in energy and services.
Cons No satelite real life picture imagery like Google Maps Navigation on Android.
No wifi portable hotspot like Android 2.2 for sharing 3g internet connection with other devices in the car (ipad, laptop, smartphone, etc).
Summary There is nothing like this in the market, and if Nissan didn't came out with the Leaf, probably we would still have years to wait for an afordable EV that is usefull for everyday, and Nissan deserves credit for this.
Every one will win with this cars, it's our world, the cities we bread need clean air.
Pros 0-60 mph in 7 seconds. Silent acceleration. Fill up for $3. At home. Motor contains 1 (one) moving part. No oil, no coolant, clutch, transmission, radiator, timing belt, water pump, filters or hoses. In short, no service or repairs needed.
Cons Limited range of about 100 miles, but there are promising battery technologies on the horizon.
Summary This is the perfect car for my 12-mile commute in San Diego, CA. I took 4 test drives at the Nissan event in San Diego. The acceleration is quiet, smooth and quick. I currently drive a two-seater turbo sports car, and I am looking forward to delivery of my LEAF because I liked the acceleration and handling characteristics. The car is stylish and I was highly impressed with its quality. I would NOT recommend the LEAF if you live in the sticks, or in very cold or hot climates. You will be limited by the 100 mile range, and heater and air conditioning affect the range. Currently the government and industry are working on battery technologies, so the range will increase in the coming years. Everyone else, Welcome. I just have to say that you will see a lot of vehement opposition to this technology by the status quo: the oil industry, auto parts companies, auto service companies, Middle Eastern countries...
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