2019 Nissan Leaf
Biggest EV Surprise
Its fast and the handling is great.
My number one reason for getting an electric car was to help the environment. I simply wanted to get away from driving a gas vehicle. As a young person, I’m going to be living on this world for at least another 50 or 60 years, hopefully. I felt a responsibility to take care of the planet.
Why did you choose to buy an EV?
“My number one reason for getting an electric car was to help the environment. I simply wanted to get away from driving a gas vehicle. As a young person, I’m going to be living on this world for at least another 50 or 60 years, hopefully. I felt a responsibility to take care of the planet. I recycled and did all the basic stuff everyone does, but it didn’t feel like enough. But dramatically reducing my carbon emissions? That could make a real difference.”
Where do you charge up?
“I live in an apartment and I don’t have anywhere to plug-in at home, but I don’t have any issues charging up at Clean Charge Network stations. I love that the electricity I get from the Clean Charge Network comes from renewable sources. So not only am I driving electric — using no gas and not causing addition emissions with my brakes—but the electricity I am using comes from wind and solar.”
What surprised you about driving electric?
“It’s fast and the handling is great. I actually wanted a car with a lot of acceleration, because my last car really lacked in that area, and my EV exceeded my expectations. Unlike a gas car, which has a kick back after acceleration, the LEAF is just smooth. I can zip around people easily in traffic and it’s so much easier to get on the on-ramp to the highway than it was in my old car. Plus, it’s quiet! I was very excited about that. I’ve never really loved driving; I thought it was a chore. But my EV is so responsive and smooth and quiet, it makes driving so much more enjoyable.”
Was an EV hard to get used to?
“The switch from gas to electric was easy. With any new car there is a transition period, but it’s just like any other new car except that it’s silent and uses electricity. I love never having to go to a gas station again, with the smell of gas and the lines. And the maintenance is so easy; there’s no need for oil changes or anything like that. In the year I’ve owned the car, I’ll I’ve needed to do was rotate the cars—and it cost me $30. And I don’t have any surprises, like when the spark plugs would randomly go out on my gas car. My EV is just a very easy car to own.”
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