Taking the Electric Car Plunge – 6 Weeks Driving Nissan Leaf EV

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We took the plunge six weeks ago, and bought a Nissan Leaf electric car.  In brief:
  • super quiet
  • races up hills much more easily than a petrol car
  • zippy acceleration
  • many fancy tech features – still learning how to use them
  • keyless entry and ignition, nifty but confusing at first
  • quirky looking
  • leading to lots of interesting conversations with colleagues and members of the public who see it
  • recharging and a/c can be controlled remotely from a smart phone
  • working well as a local car in our two-car family
  • really enjoying this car :P
Downsides:
  • getting accused, justifiably, of hogging the car – my husband loves it too
  • the range indicator, of battery range left, is more like a guess-ometer
  • still have to go to the petrol station to check the tires
  • getting the charge cable in and out of the boot each day proved to be a drag, so have now mounted a second cable on the carport wall, much quicker to use
  • when they hear that we have an electric car, the occasional person looks at us like we have lost the plot

About EmpowerRepower

I’m a teacher, former teacher-librarian, ex-volunteer breastfeeding counsellor and mother-of-three living on the Sunshine Coast. I’m concerned about climate change, and feel that the necessary changes to prevent the worst outcomes will rely on action from all sectors of our economy. I’ll be trying to share, promote and encourage that action by finding positive examples in our local community.
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