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Not reliant upon fossil fuels.
Capable urban and suburban performer.
If you don't have access to 220V or offsite charging station, waiting for your Leaf to charge up is lengthy. Must plan trips very carefully so you are within range of a charging station when driving out and about. Apartment dwellers may not have a place to plugin at night.
The LEAF EV is a nice concept, but early adopters will have to plan their trips carefully and use all the available resources to find a charging station. Fortunately, range anxiety is being addressed with the ChargePoint app, more charging stations being installed everyday, and some forethought by the LEAF owners.
Driving the LEAF is almost like driving any other car. It's just much quieter and you are much more aware of energy consumption when you flip on the A/C, heater, or lights because they suck down battery power and reduce the driving range. Otherwise, the LEAF is just another car that can carry 4 occupants comfortably and carry your groceries home.
Similar Products Used:
Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i-MIEV, Ford Focus EV