Nissan Leaf First Drive

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Nissan Leaf: First

We joined the hundreds of luminaries who sampled the all-electric Nissan before it arrives in December. an impressive piece of software into an expensive compact Here’s how the Leaf turns into an app.

Automakers futzed with electricity as a of power for over a century little success, mainly batteries simply can’t as much energy per pound as The Leaf and the rest of the new-age EVs those problems with a of technology that solve issues while adding a few new

This walkaround with Perry, Nissan North product planning chief, you an idea of how different electric car will be from a regular when the first few hundred hit the United States this

Even in its darkest days, earned a reputation for top-notch and with the Leaf, Nissan it can compile capable software as as hardware. Owners can choose three start-up sounds, to a desktop PC, which Perry was necessary because testers tell when the vehicle was on. If forget to plug it in, the Leaf can a reminder.

And its navigation system can automatically the nearest electric charging

We didn’t have a chance to the Leaf much beyond traffic, but doing so wouldn’t revealed any hidden oasis of pleasure. Outside of a nice boost from the electric instantly available 206 lb.-ft. of the Leaf rides and handles a generic compact car. Its curb weight provides buffer from rough but at higher speeds the 108-hp with the polite restraint of a teacher.

The Leaf’s software holds dominion on the road. The sports a little tree grows the more economically a performs; eventually you can rack up a grove of electric trees. of a shifter, the Leaf has an oversize mouse to shift to drive or the mode of choice for hypermilers.

In Eco, the car boosts its regenerative and stiffens the accelerator pedal shifting into it at speed like the Leaf had been by a polar bear.

To maintain a of 80 to 110 miles, the Leaf will use than 90% of the energy that its lithium-ion batteries can hold. a Muhammed Ali-worthy pummeling to the ginger 50% load that the Volt will limit its pack to. We have 17 years of with these batteries, said.

We’re confident in them.

most jarring about the Leaf is just how much it wants to give you. our drive, we scrubbed several off the range, but the Leaf nudged us to that shutting off the air conditioning add eight miles back to the But should a Leaf driver a Kramer-esque testing of its distance-to-empty the car will coast to a stop a modicum of power still in its battery pack, the reserve to ensure battery conditioning of meeting its 8-year, 100,000-mile

The high-tech gleam — and a marketing far greater than seemingly by a 20,000 vehicle per year goal — has generated Nissan pre-orders for the Leaf, and Perry snagged another during our from a Civic driver at a Yet despite its technology, the $32,000 would lose a strict of driving functions, costs and to an $18,000 Nissan Sentra.

But the Leaf isn’t about as an experience to savor. It’s with wheels, a rolling app to strictly oversee how much you’re using on the road. For who get satisfaction from such and don’t live in an apartment or dwelling with no access to a outdoor plug, the Leaf a compelling solution to the problem of

If you don’t see driving as a problem, the isn’t for you.


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