nissan leaf: a revolutionary vehicle that drives like a car - 110 electric motor
No one likes rhetoric and bland exaggeration more than automakers.
Every time an ordinary car is described as "exciting", "revolutionary" or "race" there is a dollar --
The inspiration comes from "You can pull an Oprah and buy a Lamborghini in your neighborhood.
But a week after driving
It's obviously a revolutionary look to live with Leaf SL.
However, it remains to be seen whether it is successful for consumers.
The leaf is revolutionary because it will be the first mass when it hits the road this wintermarket all-
Electric vehicles are on the market and will start at $32,780 before the tax credit.
Tribute to Nissan Motor Company
Because there is a joules of time (
Electric vehicles started in 1992
And fees (
Billions of dollars)
It is necessary to bring the leaves into production.
In the process of doing so, Nissan solved the numerous shortcomings of electric vehicles compared with the interior.
The key to this is concerns about the practicality and cost of the car and the mileage anxiety of consumers, a new term that describes the fear of running out of power before reaching their destination.
My experience at Leaf shows that it's just a car, despite a lot of innovation.
It's not a scientific experiment, it's not a spaceship, it's not a pipe. Dream prototype.
This is a livable and enjoyable car, as you plug it in when you charge it at home, so it happens to completely avoid using gasoline.
The state-wide network of charging stations is also under construction.
Except the weak dentist.
The drill whine sound of the electric motor replaces the echo of the engine, and once you hit the road, the leaves are no different. The 80-
The kilowatt motor emits 107 horsepower and a lively 207-
Therefore, acceleration is steady and stable.
The motor is paired with a single motor-
The driver can switch the transfer from normal mode to eco-mode.
This increases blade range by increasing regenerative braking and making full power acceleration more difficult, thus increasing the range of about 10%.
With so much torque in normal mode, I'm happy to leave the transmission in its eco settings and get the increased mileage.
Nissan says 24-kilowatt-hour, lithium-
The ion battery in the leaves is good to charge about 100 miles at a time, and the Environmental Protection Agency says the number is actually 73 miles.
Within approximately 18 hours of using the standard 110-leaf charge from empty to full charge
Like me, or use 220 in 8 hours-
Volt charger Leaf buyers can install in their home.
The unit costs $2,200 and is eligible for a 50% federal tax credit.
In addition, with funding from the Department of Energy, buyers of Leaf and Chevrolet Volt have free access to home chargers, most or all of which are included.
While 18 hours to fully charge your car may be the burden of using the car, I find that at the end of each day, the Leaf battery is rarely in or near zero charge.
I learned to use it as a mobile phone;
You take it home at night, maybe half the battery left, charge it at night and use it in the morning.
According to the electricity bill of Edison in Southern California, I spent a little more than $5 on the leaves.
When I drive it like a normal car, I charge about 85 miles on average at a time.
My commute is flat, including 20 miles of highway driving a day, and I often travel at about 75 miles an hour.
I use the radio, control the climate when needed, and turn on the headlights during the day.
California commuters should note that leaves will qualify for many of the state's
Mouth watering HOV stickers with carpooling service
Lane access when new lot 2012 is available. (
Nissan soon noted that Chevrolet Volt would not be eligible. )
The standard navigation system of Leaf is also used as a dashboard-
Installation of anxiety range.
Easy access is real
Time information on energy consumption, turning on or off the effects of climate control, maps of how far you can drive in normal and ecological mode, and the direction of the nearest charging station.
However, it should be noted that most of the charging stations currently listed are useless as they have not yet been converted into leaves and volts.
Maybe my biggest disappointment with the car is using climate control to reduce Leaf's range by 15% to 20%.
Nissan is trying to mitigate the impact by installing a timer on the Leaf that enables drivers to cool or heat the car while it's still plugged in.
Like most other heads. wheel-
Although the battery makes the car weigh 3,366 pounds, it drives the car in a compact level.
Nissan takes this into account and installs them under the back seat to give the car a low center of gravity.
Space is perfect for full-
Adult size, with the rear seat folded up to provide extra cargo space.
Look and feel from any angle is unique.
This is a good thing at the back of the car, but the bulging headlights in front look like the power cord of the car is stuck.
Overall, the styling is enough to indicate that the car is different, but avoid throwing it on your face.
The basic price of $32,780 is far more than expected.
All leaves are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, bringing the price of the base SV to $25,280.
California offers an additional $5,000 rebate.
So, excluding the cost of the destination, about $20,000, California people can get a compact fiveseat, four-
Door with standard navigation system, Bluetooth connection, LED light, anti-collision and other convenient facilities
Lock Brake, traction control and alloy wheels.
My test car has a unique option package for the Leaf, a $940 SL package that includes a spare camera, fog light and a solar panel spoiler that can charge your phone
Including an eight on all leaves. year, 100,000-
Battery and five mile warranty-year, 60,000-
Mile power system warranty.
My week on the leaves does not require any cumulative changes in my driving habits or daily activities.
I was the first to admit that the leaves were not for everyone, that is, being single.
A family or person traveling more than 100 miles a day.
But with most Americans traveling 40 miles or less a day, leaves are a powerful reason to give up internal combustion and step into the revolution. david.
Undercoffler @ latimes.