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The Nissan Leaf is the of science fiction. An actual, all-electric car, costing than $35,000 and aimed at consumers.

Yet Nissan opted to this revolutionary ride in protoplasm. It’s the stuff of Stories magazine, if you’d out the cyborgs and time travel, and “amazing” with “sort of “Back to the Future” without the capacitor, Comic-Con without

The arrival of a mass-produced electric (EV), sans gas tank or pipes, should feel You’re not spewing bad stuff the sky. (The same be said about energy itself, but still.)

The act of driving the oddly belies this feeling like a run-of-the-mill A slightly down-market Toyota perhaps. Run out for pizza and by the third you’ve forgotten the historical and are wishing the seats were a bit cushioned.

There’s method in this of) madness. Nissan is making a bet on EVs, with the potential to produce several hundred worldwide.

So it makes sense the act of motoring should feel to most drivers. After ardent early adopters are few and far (Remember the huge audience for the Me neither.)

Mileage Count

The Leaf starts at $32,780 not a $7,500 federal tax break. begin at $349 a month.

The and its competitor, the $40,280 Chevy were both released last year in limited The Volt is not a pure EV, as it has a small gas which can recharge its batteries, a superb mix of practicality and new-age So far, it has outsold the Leaf.

The disasters in Japan will an effect on production. The Oppama where the Leaf is made, has delays, though a ship 600 of them left before the

To its credit, the Leaf doesn’t like a standard five- hatchback — it’s far Many people will do a take at the pinched nose, jutting headlamps and squishy

The interior has a few sci-fi details, a blue-lit knob which drive and park. The navigation shows your range on a map, and a digital readout down your number of miles. Call it the Doomsday

You can also pre-program the car to turn on the or A/C — say ten minutes before you for work every day.

MPG

Otherwise the plastic dash and cloth seats are pretty for a mid-level sedan. Bluetooth, and power windows are standard. are two trims, the SV and pricier SL, which a solar panel built the spoiler and a rearview monitor.

The runs on an 80 kW AC motor powered by a 24 kWh battery pack. The EPA insisted on it fuel economy numbers: a 99 equivalent. This means nothing, since it doesn’t gas, reminding me of an old joke: How surrealist painters does it to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: Fish!

Range is 100 give or take many, miles. Real- world depends on everything from driving mode (eco or and whether you might like to slower vehicles or stay in the right-hand lane.

Also remembering: Heat isn’t in an EV. I had the car for two days in February, when it was so that my breath crystallized. Not are extreme temperatures bad for batteries, control uses lots of

Charge It

Instead of frittering range using the luxurious I donned a puffy coat and wool socks while Fashion can also be a victim of the life.

Yet overall range proved to be good, especially for the weather and stop-and-go traffic Manhattan and Brooklyn .

Over two days I drove than 60 miles in the two boroughs, the computer indicating another 19 of range. (My feet were though.)

My biggest issue was the of access to a 240-volt charger, most owners will buy and in their home garages. A charge takes eight with one.

Instead I had to do with a regular 120-volt in the Quik Park near my According to the Leaf computer, only 33 miles it would 16 hours to get back to a 100 percent Parking was quick; recharging

Plan Ahead

The Leaf be most rewarding to those with a set pattern of daily It isn’t unlike recharging smart-phone each night. You to have a pretty good how many calls and what of web surfing you can partake in before the out-of-juice danger zone.

When you do forget to recharge, the next day can be worrisome and annoying.

And for reason, my Leaf failed to a charge. A Nissan rep said no were found with the car or and suggested the issue was my 120-v The next day’s driving was a bit

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Just a small bit of excitement for a ride.

The 2011 Nissan SL-E At a Glance

Engine: AC synchronous motor, rated at 107

and 207 lb-ft of torque.

Battery: lithium-ion pack.

Range: 100 more or less, depending on and

driving style.

Price as $35,430.

Best feature: A electric vehicle without any


Worst feature: For all of that, kind of mundane.

Target The local commuter looking to his

Prius-touting neighbors.

(Jason H. writes about autos for the arts and leisure section of News. The opinions expressed are his

To contact the writer of this Jason H. Harper at Jason@JasonHharper.com or on Twitter @JasonHarperSpin.

To contact the responsible for this column: Hoelterhoff in New York at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net .

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