Eevee the ev
Vehicle: 2014 Nissan Leaf, Eevee
My first impression of the Nissan leaf was that it was an ugly car. I mean, the Nissan Leaf certainly isn't going to win any awards for being the best looking car out there, but I wasn't buying it for the looks, I bought it for the savings on monthly maintenance and fuel (or lack there of). Now, after 5 months of owning it, I certainly don't miss those trips to the gas station! I had a 2017 Honda Civic before, and while it got 40mpg or more sometimes, nothing can compare to not having to pay for gas at all.
Years ago, I had read about the original Tesla Roadster, the 2 seater sports car developed from the Lotus Elise platform, and from that point on, I was hooked. The idea of a high performance car that didn't cost gas money was certainly appealing. Ever since then, I've wanted an EV of my own.
I finally decided on the Nissan Leaf (named Eevee), not because it could be considered a high performance car (which it certainly isn't) but because it was a practical choice for what I need. It has plenty of range for around town, and lots of tech features that I love. But, what I love most IS how responsive it is and how rapidly it accelerates when I touch the "go pedal". Sure, it's not the most efficient use of electrons, but it sure is a blast to drive!
Typically, I use the car every day, I average 65 miles a day but usually not all at once. I go to work a 30 mile round trip and then charge for a little bit when I get home while eating or whatever then usually go back out with a mostly full battery... Level 2 chargers are a must! The most I've driven in a day was probably around 160ish miles, which is easy with all of the level 2 and quick charging options around the city.
While there are a lot of charging options around the city, typically I'll charge the car at home. I used a level 1 (standard wall plug) for around a week before I got my level 2 charger installed. The difference is enormous. From 15ish hours on a level 1 charger to 4 hours on a level 2. There are also a number of DC fast chargers around here that are working, quite a few that aren't as well though. Always check plugshare.
All in all, EVs are great and it has definitely been what I was looking for, but they aren't for everyone yet. If you make your expectations realistic enough, you'll be fine. For instance it wouldn't make sense to get an EV that has an 80 mile range if you have an 80 mile round trip for work or even a 60 or 70 round trip it's important to leave room for error and plan your trips. Although if you can afford a longer range EV it's no problem.
I'm definitely an EV convert now. My next EV will probably a Tesla model 3 or the new Leaf Plus... because they both have that sweet, sweet range.
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