Nissan LEAF Vehicles Doing the Distance
Those Electric Cars are begging to compete with those gas guzzlers but they are still a few miles behind in performance. Behind but catching up as in a recent test of the Nissan LEAF.
If your after Top-Gun, super fast race track performance then you won`t find the answer here. For you and I and the other 99% of road users who drive a car for normal use then Electric Vehicles can provide performance that we will be happy with.
In a test performed by Nick Cambers at PluginCars which gave the LEAF a distance test under somewhat real life conditions the car gave results of over 100 miles on a single charge. That distance is still on the low side of distance when compared to Hybrid and Cars with Internal Combustion Engines.
If you think of your daily Journeys, perhaps kids to school or a short commute to work, the distance traveled would be well within that range. Those shorter journeys would be easily covered on a single charge and with overnight charging then it’s all ready for the next days Journey.
The major plus point here is your never having the take a trip to the Gas station to fill up your tank with fuel. The savings spread over the year and add up to quite an amount.
Nissan are shipping the car soon and with over 14,000 of those cars already reserved for buyers in North America it might be a little bit had to get your hands on one. Nissan have stated that they can produce 50,000 cars per year worldwide and I have no doubt that they will be quickly sold. For a price of around $32,000 initially it might seem a little bit expensive but as with most efficient energy technologies there are grants available to bring this cost down. Up to $7,000 or maybe more can be wiped off the price and all you would pay is $25,000. That is not a bad price for a 5 door saloon car and I don’t have to remind you, there is no daily cost of Gas so running costs are kept low.
A quiet, no roar of engines to drown out your music, car with has an extremely clean footprint. Maybe the toxic haze of pollutants hanging over out towns and cities will gradually disappear as we all go electric.