Living with Leaf

Can an electric vehicle make it in the real world? Will our Nissan Leaf be able to handle commuting, errands and other chores? Follow our updates to find out.



Serving Up Vanity Plate Ideas for Nissan Leafs


With all the new electric cars hitting the streets in the next few years, the potential for vanity plate fun is endless. The Nissan Leaf is the type of car that screams for its own special message and some great ideas are surfacing for the 6 or 7 letter/number combinations available at the local DMV.

Whether the meaning is eschewed or easy reading, funny or heartfelt, the plates usually reflect enthusiasm for a cause, profession, or just the type of car it's attached to. Read more

Date: August 22, 2011
Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf Updates

Driving a Car Without an Engine

People have short questions about the Nissan Leaf internal workings – but do they really want the long answer? Read more

Date: August 8, 2011
Learning to Speak Conversational EV

New technology creates new terminology. If you own an electric car, you've got to learn the lingo to join into the conversation. Read more

Date: July 26, 2011
What EV Owners and Hippies Have in Common

Hippies in the late 1960's took on great hardships for their ideals - as do early adopters of electric cars today. Read more

Date: July 19, 2011
Getting a Charge Out of Southern California

While hundreds of compatible charging stations have been promised for California, precious few actually exist. Read more

Date: June 30, 2011
Free Airport Parking, But No Guaranteed Spot

Free parking for electric cars at LAX is a great perk, but it tested our nerves when we discovered there are only two compatible plugs. Read more

Date: June 13, 2011
Life in the Fast Lane

A huge incentive for owning a Nissan Leaf in California is that it puts you in the Diamond Lane in a notoriously congested freeway system. Read more

Date: May 23, 2011
Living with Limitations

Driving within the limited range of an electric car, can take you from a free-wheeling sojourner to an anxiety-ridden mess. Read more

Date: May 3, 2011
False Start is Reason for Concern

Of the 3 percent of Nissan Leaf owners who have experienced the non-start issue, I too drew the short straw. What now, Hal? Read more

Date: April 19, 2011
Hal is Born – A Complicated, but Successful Delivery

The Nissan Leaf must be brought into this world with a name, an online connection and complete acceptance of its limitations. Read more

Date: April 4, 2011
It's Not Easy Being Green

The Nissan Leaf ownership story continues with a reality check of the four steps it takes to go completely electric. Read more

Date: March 16, 2011
Confessions of an Early EV Adopter

A car buying journey begins – follow the experiences of AutoTrader editor, Joni Gray – owner of the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Read more

Date: February 28, 2011

Nissan Leaf News & Reviews

Nissan Updates Leaf for 2012, 2013

With new features aimed at increasing the Leaf's usability, Nissan is determined to stay on top in the EV sales race. Read more

Date: July 15, 2011
The Electric Car Road Trip of the Future

The electric car road trip of the future is here, if you are adventurous enough. Read more

Date: July 6, 2011
Nissan Roadside Assistance Combats Range Anxiety

Nissan's mobile charging service goes global could help rid EV owners of their range anxiety. Read more

Date: June 9, 2011
Nissan Builds Solar-Powered Car Chargers

Nissan celebrates 30 years in Tennessee with the installation of 30 solar-powered electric car charging stations. Read more

Date: May 23, 2011
The Volt and Leaf Get a Plug for Safety

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf pass crash tests with flying colors. Read more

Date: May 3, 2011
Nissan Leaf Named World Car of the Year - New York Auto Show

The Nissan Leaf beats out strong competition fro the BMW 5-Series and Audi A8 to win World Car of the Year. Read more

Date: April 26, 2011
Nissan Chief Announces Leaf Battery Improvements for 2012 - New York Auto Show

Nissan accelerates Leaf production while planning improvements for 2012 including a quicker charging time. Read more

Date: April 21, 2011
The Nissan Leaf as a Race Car?

Nissan creates a racing version of its groundbreaking all-electric Leaf. Read more

Date: April 19, 2011
Nissan Asks Government for More EV Stations

Nissan says the government should invest more in infrastructure to support next generation vehicles. Read more

Date: April 13, 2011
2011 Nissan Leaf - New Car Review

The world's first mass-market all-electric car joins the AutoTrader garage for a deep-dive review. Read more

Date: March 28, 2011
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