Saturday, November 13, 2010
Nissan Leaf test drive
I went down to the Southcenter mall this morning to go test drive the Nissan Leaf. It was interesting to learn about the technology and to go for a short test drive. It seems like a great little car for commuters and those that don't drive too far on a daily basis. It's not the greatest looking car but it seems very functional. The steering and brakes are responsive, for a front wheel drive car. Acceleration is good in standard drive mode. In eco-mode it still accelerates fine but not quite as quickly. The car is extremely quiet after starting the electric motor. It does have some sort of safety sound for pedestrians though... It sounds as if the charging stations for one's home would be reasonably priced too. The battery has a 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty and it sounds as if there's plans to build out charging infrastructure all along the I-5 corridor.
Apparently, a female journalist borrowed one for a week and was about to do about 110 miles per day even when using the A/C.
If I only needed a commuter car I might actually think about buying one. However, I'm content with my '98 BMW 3 series. Plus if I was going to spend that kind of money I would actually be tempted to get an E46 BMW M3. :) So much for the green, eh? Cheers.