Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Electric Cars - The Nissan Leaf

I love everything about a good old gasoline powered engine. The sound of the exhaust, the feeling of knowing that your`re moving forward as a result of combustion... It's a truly great feeling.

Combine the fear of global warming and the knowledge that our most precious natural resource, petrolium, is expendable, and we wind up with a new breed of automobile - the Electric car.

Nissan's answer to the electric car is the Leaf, which many of you have probably heard of. It's fully electric, and is on Nissan's 2011 line-up! My first thought was that this car is ugly as shit, and that electric cars are garbage. In the interest of not being an uninformed idiot making unreasonable assumptions, I decided to do some research on the Leaf.




First of all, statistics show that 90% of Americans drive less than 100 miles per day. The range for this car in the city is between 65 and 70 miles, but can be as high as 100 miles when using the regenerative braking feature to its full extent, and using the power consumption mode on the car's computer.

Now the question that's on everyones mind - how much does it cost to charge this thing?

The answer: about $3.84 for a full charge! Jesus Christ, right? I thought I was saving money by buying a 4-cylinder, but I guess not.

On top of all this, I wonder what it would be like to drive a virtually-silent car. What do you guys think about the Nissan Leaf? With a price-tag of about $25,000 USD, after a $7500 enviro-refund, would you consider buying one?

16 comments:

  1. Wow under $4 for a full charge!

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  2. I dunno about the headlights, they're kinda weird lookin

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  3. Holy crap this would save me a few bills a month @_@

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  4. love me some hybrid and electric cars!

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  5. four dollar charge? Fuuuuuuuuuuuck me that saving alot on gas money!

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  6. holy crap, thats so cheap! why do we buy cars that run on oil then?

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  7. ^ lol. Why do they insist on making electric cars look so damn ugly? Yeah this one is pretty cheap to run and all, but why make them look like abortions from satan's deformed spawn?

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  8. why does every eco car looks like shit? i like this new technology, but damn they are soooo ugly -.-

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  9. 4 dollars? wow. too bad the oil companies are going to buy the license and never produce another one again.

    one can hope, right?

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  10. I dont care how far it goes, it looks gay, and im sure its a poor performing driver.

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