Driver Profile

Chris Young

EV MODEL

2015 Nissan LEAF SV

Biggest Surprise

An EV fits his 6'3" self easily



There’s very little maintenance…no oil changes, for example. Unlike internal combustion engines, you can hit the accelerator and get the full torque immediately, which makes highway driving and passing safe and easy.
After a year of driving, Chris Young likes his Nissan LEAF better than ever.

When asked what he thinks will make people buy an EV, he smiled, “First they need to understand that it’s a real car, not a golf cart.” Young is 6’3” tall, so interior size was a consideration. “The LEAF looks smaller than the Volt, but the interior actually has more room where I need it,” he said.

Chris bought a mid-range model with a lot of high-tech features. “My wife Ann is jealous, and my oldest daughter is too.” But in all seriousness, he added that his daughter is learning to drive, and the ECO drive mode provides a smooth acceleration that helps a young driver. Its 360-degree camera is also helping her learn to parallel park.

“I don’t define myself by my car,” he continued, “but I have to admit this one’s really cool.” It’s quiet. When you drive, you only hear the sound of the tires on the road and the air conditioner. In fact, Nissan added a low-speed whine to warn pedestrians you’re coming their way. And Chris likes its environmental features. “This is more energy efficient. I can charge it at night when excess energy is available on the grid, and charge it on the KCP&L Clean Charge Network as I travel.”

He was surprised he didn’t have to rethink his life to drive an EV. “For example, we took it to a Royals game in Kansas City, which was about 90 miles each way. I used my free phone app to find a KCP&L Clean Charge Network station with fast charge capacity. We had a quick lunch in Blue Springs and it was ready when we were─maybe 20 minutes later. Then we parked in the KCP&L Clean Charge Network area and recharged while we watched the game. The charging units are right between the stadiums at the sports complex, so you can get a prime parking spot!”

He would recommend an EV to others with no hesitation. “Honestly, if you have even a little interest in EVs, go to a dealership or a show and sit in one.” he said, adding, “Talk to people about their real life experiences. Most of your concerns will immediately get shot down. There’s very little maintenance…no oil changes, for example. Unlike internal combustion engines, you can hit the accelerator and get the full torque immediately, which makes highway driving and passing safe and easy. The LEAF is the perfect second car for our family.”