Driving Experience

EPA range and the electric vehicle

April 21, 2012
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Let us know if you can figure it out Some things that we learned in grade school apparently don’t work in the real world. Like basic math for instance. We decided to demystify the confusing EPA mileage range assigned to various manufacturer’s electric vehicles (EVs) only to be slapped down by yet another confusing government process. [...]

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Nissan LEAF one year battery check

April 18, 2012
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Our LEAF goes in for its annual checkup As with most other things in life, we were late getting our LEAF in for its first annual battery checkup. We took delivery of our LEAF on March 25 of last year, and in that time have managed to rack up a total of only 6,400 miles. [...]

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Real world Nissan LEAF usage

April 8, 2012
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Does range matter? One of the questions that we get most often is how far will our LEAF go. The answer for us is that its maximum range is irrelevant, because we never drive it that far. But what about everyone else? That’s what we’re going to look at today. Nissan has uploaded a bunch [...]

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Range remaining indicator

February 3, 2012
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How much do they fluctuate in internal combustion engine vehicles? Today we were driving our internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicle when we noticed the range remaining indicator blinking at us. Having seen this many times before we were not concerned at all because we know that there is a significant reserve of gasoline in [...]

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Never be stranded in a Nissan LEAF

January 22, 2012
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It’s simple if you know how The number one question that we get when we start talking about our LEAF is this – “Doesn’t it go just 100 miles?” To which our standard answer is some variation of this – “And we should be concerned about that why?” We rarely drive more than 20 to 40 [...]

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Real world experience in the Nissan LEAF

January 17, 2012
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9,000 miles in less than six months Personal experience of a thing provides validation that is, quite often, otherwise not available. We recently read an article by a relatively new Nissan LEAF owner. The reason that we want to pass along this story is two-fold: He has completed all of his driving without buying a [...]

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Nissan LEAF fuel economy

November 17, 2011
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41 miles per dollar equals 156 mpg for us Monday was meter reader day for us. We may not have been totally dedicated to the “fuel” consumption of our LEAF initially, but we became more attuned to its impact as each day passed. We brought home our LEAF on March 25 and first charged it [...]

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We saw our first wild Volt today

September 17, 2011
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It’s about time We were headed downtown this morning with the whole family loaded up in our LEAF. As we made our way into Balboa Park on State Route 163 South (one of the prettiest sections of freeway in the country, in our opinion) we happened to see another red LEAF, also headed south. As [...]

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Things that make you go hmmmmm…

September 14, 2011
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Forbes needs better editors it seems Ever have one of those moments that just make you shake your head in wonder? One of our alerts notified us of a Forbes blog article post titled ” Electric Cars Are An Extraordinarily Bad Idea.” We knew that we had to check it out. When we saw the first [...]

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What does the ECO drive mode really mean on the Nissan LEAF?

September 6, 2011

How does it provide more economical driving? [UPDATED 6/25/13] With the introduction of the 2013 model year Nissan LEAF, Nissan has introduced some changes to the LEAF drive modes. We suggest that you read this article first but then continue on to our most recent article on the 2013 LEAF drive modes (found here). * [...]

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