Nissan: Is it a Leaf or a weenie in disguise?

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by Caddiac, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Caddiac

    Caddiac Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Well it actually has a small solar panel on the rear roof area. It is for charging the 12 volt accessory battery. The main drive battery has to be charged off the grid. I ordered the SL which comes with the 480v receptacle and the 240 receptacle. It also has a 120 v trickle charge adapter so yea, I can stop and charge if I have to. There are actually a couple of service stations that have installed chargers but I do not know what voltage they are or if they charge you to use them. It really is not a issue though. I can get to work and back on an 80% charge. If I need to go further, I can charge to 100% which will bump the range up by another 20 miles or so I am estimating.

    The key to this car is to stay within its range. Not really hard to do. I made several trips with out charging at all this weekend as they were all local trips. At speeds under 40 the range can be as high as 130 miles depending on driving habits and outside temperatures. For comparison purposes, EPA fuel economy equivalent for the Leaf is 106 miles per gallon in the city and 92 on the highway.

    My plan is to drive it only 1/2 as far as the range will allow. The other half will be spent getting home. I am going to post some good pictures when we get a sunny day and it is warm outside. Don't get me wrong guys, if it burns gas, make mine a Chevy. But the all electric Nissan Leaf is fun to drive, loaded with features and, in my opinion, the best commuter car if the range will work for you.
  2. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    its a interesting idea. ill buy into electric cars and trucks when you show me one that'll tow 15 thousand at 75 mph and go 400 miles.

  3. sgtsjj

    sgtsjj Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    well if you get stuck with a dead battery atleast you always have the burban as a back up lol. ive read the prius's are worse on the environment than a hummer h2 is, because of how the battery is made and all that
  4. Coach24

    Coach24 Rockstar 3 Years 5000 Posts

    what happens if you put killer speakers in it ? does that come off the accessory or the main power supply
  5. Caddiac

    Caddiac Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Accessories come off the 12 volt battery. They would not be an issue I do not think. Of course the accessory battery pulls off the main drive battery but that is not a big drain.

    Alex, for me the electric car does not replace the Suburban, it complements it. I can have my burb for road trips and hauling without having to feed it gasoline to the tune of 4 gallons a day. The leaf saves me money and extends the life of the burb. Since many families have two cars one of them could be electric as long as the range works. As for hauling 15K at 75 for 400 miles, I don't think it will be coming any time soon. However, it hauls my 200 lb ass 60 miles at 65 mph with no problems. :happy:
  6. sgtsjj

    sgtsjj Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    well im really glad you are happy with it, and i hope it keeps performing like it is now!
  7. ChromeSilver02

    ChromeSilver02 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    I love the idea of a sustainable transportation and completely support the development of it, but I just dont think electric cars are going to be the answer. Electric cars still have a long way to go, mostly the batteries in those cars, with the range and the life of them. The technology of the cars and cost of manufacturing them needs to further develop before I can see its as the top solution IMO. Caddi, how you are using the car is perfect, and it does save you tons of money especially when you are staying locally. I am glad you love it and atleast you are one of the people that realize that a sustainable solution for transportation is needed.
  8. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    not criticising the car, or you caddiac, more just making a comment on it. if the money worked i would look at a Volt, but the wife and I just cant afford it.

  9. Coach24

    Coach24 Rockstar 3 Years 5000 Posts

    It falls in the realm of diesel cars. They are better on economy of fuel/power. But the initial costs are so much greater I think for most of us it is a budget killer. Not sure what caddi paid, and it is none of my business, but I here they go for 10-20,000 more than a car of similar size

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