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2nd test drive of the Leaf... I'm smitten!

Discussion in 'Nissan Hybrids and EVs' started by hybridtwins, Oct 24, 2010.

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  1. hybridtwins

    hybridtwins Member

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    Today I took my 2nd test drive of the Leaf at the Drive Electric Tour at Century City, the 1st being at the alt car expo in Santa Monica earlier this month

    I got to know the car a bit better and like everything about it. The telematics are excellent and well-thought out, and give plenty of real-time feedback about available range, time to charge to full capacity, and how much juice you're using at any given instant.

    I was also impressed by the overall build quality of the car. I played with the controls and charging connectors, etc. and everything had a good feel to it. And driving it is a total blast... nothing like pure electric drive.

    I plan to wait at least a year before buying one, since I never buy the first year of a new model, and I think the current allotment for the U.S is spoken for anyway. I also want to wait and see how much more built-out the charging network gets, but since I spend about 95% of the time puttering back and forth to work on surface streets (20-mile round trip) it's probably already a good fit for me.

    The one deal-breaker could be that I'm an apartment dweller. I've yet ask my landlord if he'll let me pick up the tab to have a charger installed at my parking space, but suspect that at best there'll be a bit of red tape involved with this. Has anyone had experience with a similar situation?
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    Re: 2md test drive of the Leaf... I'm smitten!

    Cool! I think you're ready for the upgrade.

    I've really come to respect Nissan recently. They're making all the right moves and I think the Leaf will really get them on the map. They also have cute commercials and are one of the few that don't bash other brands.
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    Re: 2md test drive of the Leaf... I'm smitten!



    There are a couple in the Leaf forum trying to do this. Not easy at present. But nothing like starting early to address red tape. Another option is to check with your employer.
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    I think I found the forum you're referring to. There were at least a few long threads on installing chargers at work, apartment complexes, etc. so there's a lot to digest.
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    That's the big stumbling block for me too. I live in an apartment building with a shared parking garage (and no outlets). Maybe by the time my Prius falls apart I'll be living in a house . . . .
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