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NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

The Nissan Leaf shows the way ahead for electric cars

The Nissan Leaf is leading the charge

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Nissan Leaf — The charging process is quick, easy and safe

AS I plugged in my Nissan Leaf for recharging, my worried husband asked: “You’re not going to blow up the house, are you?”

And the answer, of course, was no. But you can see how, faced with a new concept, people will worry that it fuses the lights, blows the socket or sends the bills sky high.

I plugged an extension cable into the hall socket, led it outside, and plugged one end of the charging lead into the cable and the other into the nose of the Leaf.

Umbilically linked to my home, I left it overnight to charge. And it won’t do any harm because all it draws is a 10-amp charge.

The faster chargers you see in car parks draw a 16-amp charge and a new one will draw a 32-amp charge.

And the cost? Just £1.91 to fully charge my Leaf.

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Nissan Leaf — The charging process is quick, easy and safe

It rained while the car was standing in the driveway charging, but even that has no effect on the electrics.

“You can lick your finger and put it into the Leaf socket and nothing will happen,” said Warren Dow, the Leaf specialist at Arnold Clark.

“I know. I’ve done it. It can withstand any conditions.”

The Leaf has an official range of 124 miles. It is a smooth drive and luxurious inside, easily seating five.

The instrument panel gives you your speed digitally in bold white figures.

The other important figure is the mileage counter that counts down how many miles you have left in the charge. It is amazing how this focuses your mind on how you are driving – and you end up being the eco driver you always wanted to be.

Apart from being all electric, the Leaf is a very environmentally friendly car, as it is 90 per cent recyclable.


It broke the mould because it became the first affordable electric car with a style of its own and a reasonable range of miles.

It can nip along as well as a traditionally fuelled car.

And it now comes in three different trims – Visia, Acenta and top-of-the-range Tekna.

I had one thoughtful moment when I pulled up behind a Ferrari – the epitome of the gas guzzling internal combustion engine.

NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

The Leaf has to be at the polar end of the spectrum, but which will be the future?

Well, if we are to believe the Scandinavians, it will be the electric vehicles. Norway has embraced the electric car and the Leaf was the second best selling vehicle in April.

And the reason? Fuel prices are higher in Norway than anywhere else in Europe.

Remember that next time you complain at the pumps.

Model: Nissan Leaf Visia

Engine: 80kw electric motor

Power: 109bhp

Top speed: 90mph

0-62mph: 11.9 seconds

CO2 emissions: 0g/km

Warranty: Three years/60,000 miles

Price: £25,990

NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
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