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Nissan LEAF Electric Cars

2012 Nissan Leaf

With the eyes of the automotive firmly placed upon it, the Leaf began rolling out of the Japanese plants in December The zero-emissions all-electric car was met with acclaim, winning a number of upon its arrival including European Car of the Year and 2011 Car of the Year. In its inaugural year, sold roughly 9,700 in the United States alone, is made all the more impressive the fact that the Leaf was available in select areas.

But amid a growing crop of including the Chevy Volt and Ford Fusion Electric, can the continue to tower above the

What’s new?

Now in its sophomore the Leaf returns a little and more refined. For 2012, has thrown in a few notable additions to the standard equipment, including the optional winter package, warming for the battery pack, front and rear seats, and steering wheel thrown in for measure.

The SL model sees the of a DC quick-charging port as standard which allows drivers the to rapidly charge their back up to 80 percent in about 30 – assuming you can find one, of as they can be pretty rare.

Sadly, those upgrades at a price. One of the major roadblocks electric cars from embraced by the masses is the price of While the 2012 Nissan remains one of the cheapest electric on the market with a starting of $35,200 for the base model and for the SL – it still costs nearly what a comparable gasoline car Of course, that’s before you in various state and federal tax which can drop the price by as as $7,500. There is even of bumping that figure up to and shifting it to a point of sale instead of a tax deduction.

But until then, you’re have to spend green to go

Nissan LEAF Electric Cars

Inside the Leaf

Stepping a Leaf for the first time can a little intimidating; even so when you actually go to drive it. the car does a decent job of getting you pretty quickly. All the important you’ll need to ensure you it to your destination is there.

As you might expect, the Leaf’s gives off a very futuristic Inside is a digital wonderland with a sharply illuminated panel, digital gauges, and a LCD infotainment screen. In fact, inside the Leaf you can’t but shake the feeling that about to drive a computer than a car, which is because there is definitely a of information to be had while driving.

If you a penchant for numbers, a la Dustin in Rainman, the Leaf is for you. The car a great job of supplying energy via graphs to help illustrate how your driving is. What’s everything is displayed in real so you can see if you’re currently driving in the efficient manner, and alter habits accordingly.


Turn on that climate and see your range drop, it off and see it bump back up. Most of the you don’t really need, but it can useful, especially for mercurial who want to squeeze every mile out of their battery. The will even tell you the of the nearest charging station if in a pinch and need a boost of

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