"Smooth, quiet, comfortable! Mid-sized fun!"5.0 starson by DarkStarPDX
Pros: Costs 2¢ per mile to drive (vs. 12¢ per mile on my former car). Very plush interior, great fit and finish. Larger than my former 2003 Subaru Impreza RS sedan. Blends in well with regular traffic.
Cons: No spare tire is included to reduce weight. 3.3 kWh charger means that it takes 2 hours to charge at night even though I can supply 6.6 kWh from my charging station. No heated seats/steering wheel available in this model year.
Summary: In the last two weeks, I've been able to drive over 500 miles in my all-electric Nissan LEAF. Most common question: Is that really 100% electric?
The second most popular question: How long does it take to charge? I reply that it only takes about 10 seconds to plug it in! :-)
From a size perspective, the car is definitely no econo-box. Some friends and family were expecting us to be pulling up in some type of Geo Metro or Ford Focus sized car, but where extremely surprised to see how large it is and how much room there is in the car.
I was concerned some with the range of the vehicle, however I immediately sent the Level 1 charging cable Nissan includes with the car (a.k.a. the emergency charging cable) to a company in Berkeley, CA (EVSEUpgrade.com) to modify to allow for Level 1 (120 volt) or Level 2 (240 volt) charging. Since I can now charge twice as fast from any dryer outlet or RV outlet my range fears are all resolved.
If this was a gasoline vehicle, I would still suggest it to others as the design and build quality are extremely good. Definitely looks better than a Toyota Prius or a Honda Insight!
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