Nissan Leaf. My Electric vehicle.
Before the Nissan Leaf I used to drive a huge van. I always felt guilty driving around, by myself, in such a huge car, just to run errands. I felt that I am using all this energy, imported gas and create all this pollution to just lets say buy some apple, or mail a card.
Now I drive around in my little Nissan Leaf and drive guilt free. We live in a place that it is almost impossible not to own a car. Our suburb has been built for big cars and homes were built with 2,3, sometimes even 4 car garages. It makes me think that even if someone wants to take the public transportation and live a greener lifestyle, the city planing makes it almost impossible.
My small Nissan Leaf has some pro's and Cons.
- zero emission. Thus no pollution.
- Zero gas. Bye bye gas stations.
- No oil change. ever!!!
- Smooth.drives very nice and smooth.
- Very low electricity usage.uses only around $30- $50 electricity per month which we are hoping to offset with signing up with Greenergy on SMUD.
- Grate mileage in town.That is where I mostly drive.
- No noise pollution. It even has an artificial noise generator to warn people that a car is approaching.
- Has the looks. classy, cool, matching every age group.
- Guilt free driving. not worrying about the pollution or the gas consumption.
- Free fast charging stations.All the Whole Foods stores have free charging stations right in front of the store and the parking spot is reserved only for Electric vehicle owners.
- Can be plugged in to any electric plug.
- Recharges itself when pressing the break.
- Comfortable, spacious and works perfect for a family if 4.
- Clean air access sticker for Carpool driving.
- Charging takes too long. 12 hours at home and 6 hours at the commercial chargers to charge if the battery is completely empty ( mine has never gotten completely empty yet)
- The fast half an hour commercial chargers are not on west coast of USA yet.
- It does not give me a good mileage in highway. I can see clearly how my battery 's energy is draining when driving in a highway.
- It can not be a family's only car in a suburb. For example if I need to drive to the airport and back, I might not make it on one charge ( i will need to recharge in the airport, it is free, but i will need to spend hours there to wait for the charging to complete). So we have to plan and exchange cars with my husband if I need to drive further or have too many far errands to run.
Have you considered or test drove a Hybrid or a Electric car?