Well, I got my Nissan Leaf on Friday the thirteenth. The most astounding thing about this all electric car is that it is just a car. Yeah, it's got a dashboard display from an eighties Star Trek episode, but so do a lot of cars these days. Aside from attracting attention, it has, in the last forty-eight hours, acted just like any other new car that I've ever had: astonishingly normal.
Prior to deciding to purchase this car, I audited my own driving habits. I drove, on average, only every other day. Those trips overwhelmingly spanned less than thirty miles. About once every two months, I have a two hundred mile day. About once a year, I have fifteen hundred mile trip.
I realized that I was a perfect candidate for going zero emission for most of my driving. Yes, I know zero emission doesn't mean zero environmental impact. For most of my driving, I'll use the Leaf. For the rest, I'll borrow/rent a car, take the train, or ride my motorcycle.
I'm really interested in watching how it performs: how long, how far, and for how much? I will be tracking its data on every use. It's charger is metered all by itself, so I can get great power usage data. I'll be commenting on my analysis as it happens.
We drove about sixty miles in the first twenty-four hours. That included about ten miles at sixty-five and twenty at fifty-five. On returning home in the afternoon, the car reported that it had twenty-miles of range left. It said that it would take sixteen hours on a 120V charger to return to full charge. By morning, it was fully charged.
Yes, a car with this range suits my needs nicely. I regret that I will be insufferable for the next few weeks.