Driving Experience

Let’s talk about battery degradation

May 9, 2015

Battery degradation isn’t that big of a deal for many [UPDATE: Here’s a link to an article (found here) about a LEAF in the UK that went 100,000 miles in under two years with no degradation.] [UPDATE 5/30/17:  Here’s a link to an article (here) where I talk about my 2012 LEAF that lost four […]

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2013 LEAF Very Low Battery Warning Research

September 8, 2013

Or what happens when you use all of your juice We understand the need of many LEAF owners, and potential LEAF owners, to know how far their LEAF will take them. Depending on driving style, elevation changes, vehicle load, and the current orbital status of the moon around the earth, this distance will vary. We […]

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A look at the bottom of the “tank”

July 5, 2013

Using up almost all of our juice The photo at the top of this post is what I was looking at for a couple of miles on the way home from visiting with friends yesterday. After some running around early in the day, we plugged in for awhile before heading out. We had plenty of […]

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2013 LEAF ECO and B-mode (SV and SL trims)

June 25, 2013

Or, “Which mode do I use?” In September 2011 we wrote an article about the ECO drive mode on the LEAF. It has proven to be one of our most read articles. For the 2013 model year, Nissan has offered some changes to the system on the SV and SL trim levels. This article is […]

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PEVs in California triple from 2011 to 2012

May 23, 2013

EVs gaining ground in California The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) has released its second survey of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners (found here). We reported on the results of the first survey last August (found here). With information provided by over 2,000 electric vehicle (EV) owners, this report provides information and details found […]

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J. D. Power EV Study analysis continued

November 13, 2012

Wrong size and not reliable? Really? In our last article, we took a look at the issue of the cost of driving a Nissan LEAF. In this one, we will examine the two other reasons cited for not going electric – vehicle size and reliability. One of the most likely reasons one might buy a […]

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