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Nissan Leaf - Test Drive

posted Jul 2, 2013, 5:16 PM by Tom Gutwin
Me in the Leaf
I took a Nissan Leaf EV for a test drive this past weekend.
I had the car over the Canada Day long weekend to experience what it is like to drive an EV.

It was an enjoyable and enlightening experience. I drove it on the highway, to and from work, around North Vancouver and on an errand.  I had no problems with anything, in fact, it convinced both me, and more importantly, my family that our next vehicle will be an EV.

 The idea of an EV has been in my mind for a few years, based on the economics and environmental benefits; however, I had not actually driven a 100% electric vehicle. The qualities the Nissan Leaf demonstrated were:

  • the constant high torque performance
  • the smoothness of the acceleration
  • the quietness
  • no gas
  • the range
  • the roominess
  • overall how well it handled
  • no $1.42/L gas (or did I mention that)

 It was an enjoyable experience… now to start saving for a Tesla!

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