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2018 Nissan Leaf: Getting Amped up on Driving an Electric Car

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author photo by Tommy Flanagan May 2018

I was recently handed the keys to our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf SV over the long Easter weekend. I was excited to get some drive time behind the wheel, since this is my first experience with an all-electric vehicle. I've had the opportunity over the last several years to drive a few gas/electric hybrids, but nothing that ran strictly on kilowatt energy. Time to take charge and put the Nissan Leaf to the test.

First Time Jitters

Since I'm a newbie driving an all-electric car, I found myself keeping a constant watch on the amount of charge I had on the Leaf's battery. I suppose it's not uncommon to have a bit of range anxiety the first few times you get behind the wheel of a battery electric vehicle. Good thing the Leaf gets around 150 miles on a full charge. That's plenty of juice for my commute home, power for running errands, and energy for my commute back to work. Speaking of work, we are fortunate enough to have chargers that can usually get the Leaf back to a full charge in under three hours.

The Numbers Don't Lie

During Easter weekend, I decided to experiment and see how much actual e-mileage I got under different driving conditions. On a short drive that was roughly 50 percent highway miles, I drove 28 miles and used 26 battery miles. On a longer drive that was 90 percent highway driving, I drove 55 miles and used 69 battery miles. Based on my style of driving, it's easy to see why the Leaf gets better epg in city driving. It regenerates energy more since you're constantly stopping or applying the brake.

Watts Next?

I'm anxious to get more drive time behind the wheel of our 2018 Nissan Leaf. With summer coming, it will be interesting to see what kind of e-mileage I'll get with the air condition blasting. After all, they don't call it Hotlanta for nothing.

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