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Nissan LEAF FAQ (My Answers)

Originally published on CleanTechnica

leaf_charging_whiteAs I slow to a stop at an EV charger, someone walking by the LEAF takes a long look at the EV and what I am doing. I see the quizzical bubbles of questions popping. The questions people ask about the Nissan LEAF at a charging station have me falling into conversation. I love being the messenger in this circumstance — and see the person glimpse into the possibility of their EV future. The questions may become plans to test drive, I hope.

Yes, I want everyone to be an EV driver (unless they are an active pedestrian or bicyclist). And some are drawn in … as their curiosity becomes a genuine interest.

By now, many people have heard about electric cars — at least Teslas. They are not sure about the Nissan LEAF. I love answering the questions and seeing them burst into light bulbs of possibilities for their future.

I find myself talking about EVs, clean air, savings … and I want to say that they owe it to their grandchildren. At least once or twice a week these conversations take place.

The various questions people ask:

1. How much does it cost to charge?
… (answer) — $1. Last month. I drove out of town for a couple of days where I used charging stations in other cities and I had to pay a little bit — approximately $1.

2. You mean that it has no gas in it ever? No oil change?
… (answer) — That’s right. Only a battery. The LEAF only requires charging. No oil change. No gas in the clean-air car.

3. “How far can you get on a charge?”
…(answer) — Varies with how I drive. In town in “ECO,” the LEAF does quite well recharging some of the range that I lose. If I speed up or travel on highways where I drive faster, the charge dissipates quickly. I take a break, eat, and have a walk while recharging on longer trips.

I invite them over to listen as I start the EV.

8712854918_841b19332d_q4. “It’s on? No sound at all?”
… No sound. (The conversation shifts to the ups and downs of quiet cars. Most people seem intrigued with the idea of less noise.)

5. “Can you charge at home?”
… Yes.

6. Are enough charging spots around?
… Yes, for sure. From Tampa to Naples, there are plenty of charging stations — even a free fast charger.

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