Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Alternative Fuel Vehicles | Posted on 30-06-2016
For those who don’t know, the Leaf is Nissan’s first electrically powered vehicle, and it is fun and comfortable to drive. Released back in 2010, the Nissan Leaf is a gem; it’s what you can call “Nissan’s electric brainchild.” Let’s take a look at what this amazing car has to offer.
There are countless amazing features that come standard on the Nissan Leaf. For starters, the car is extremely efficient. This doesn’t mean that it is efficient only because of its electric motor. It also comes with regenerative brakes, a smooth aerodynamic body, and LED headlights, which are perhaps the Leaf’s most outstanding feature. Why? For the simple reason that they don’t even use half the energy that is consumed by traditional headlights.
Most interestingly, the Leaf gets substantially more mileage for every kilowatt, and it comes with a home charging dock that allows you to refuel it right in the comfort of your home. There’s no need for you to worry about waiting in long lines at the gas station anymore. A major reason why the Nissan Leaf has acquired such immense popularity is because it helps you bid farewell to expensive tune-ups and oil changes. There are fewer moving parts, which proves that the Leaf truly is low maintenance.
A Few Facts
The Leaf can communicate with your cell phone. You heard that right—the Leaf has the potential to communicate with your cell phone through an email system that is basically meant to manage its charging system. This means that when the batteries are charged, you will receive an email notification.
It is made from recycled water bottles. Seriously, a full 60 percent of the plastic in the Leaf’s interior is made out of recycled material—used water bottles in particular. The best part is that at the end of its lifecycle, 99 percent of the Leaf can be recycled.
The Leaf has Lithium-ion batteries, which come with a 100,000 mile, 8-year warranty. The batteries are recyclable as well, considering that no chemical changes occur in Lithium with the passage of time.
A General Overview
The car is nothing short of a miracle. Although it has a rather modernistic look, it is rather conventional in terms of driving. The Leaf is one of the most silent cars available on the market, so you won’t hear a single unwanted noise out of it. No matter what speed you are driving at, the Leaf tends to remain on the quiet side.
As a whole, the Nissan Leaf is extremely easy to drive and comes with a sturdy pick-up. Its pick-up time has been claimed to be around 0 to 62 mph in 11.5 seconds, which is impressive. Its electric motor provides excellent torque, which makes it run like the wind as soon as you hit the accelerator. The Leaf’s steering has been given a tad bit of weight, but that is meant to provide security to the driver and passengers when the vehicle is being driven at faster speeds.
All in all, this is an amazing car to drive, and if you want to have an “out-of-this-world” driving experience, then the Nissan Leaf is meant for you.
Marv Hector writes on car repair, car modification, car mechanics, auto accidents, safe driving, traffic law and other kindred subjects.