|2011 Nissan Leaf photographed at the 2011 Washington Auto Show[D.C.] Auto Show]]. Category:Nissan Leaf Category:Red hatchbacks Category:2011 Washington Auto Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I am not sure why I decided to do this, but a few weeks ago I decided to check out he Nissan Leaf all electric car. I knew it would be something that was completely out of my price range, and I was correct with it $36k sticker price. Hell, I don't think I can afford the $12k Nissan Versa at this point in time. However, if price was taken completely out of the picture, I wanted to look at the practicality of owning an electric car in my day to day lifestyle. I checked info on the Nissan website along with some car review sites.
First off, the Leaf is a completely electric vehicle, unlike the Chevy Volt which has a gas powered engine as a back up if the battery goes dead. When fully charged, the Leaf is rated to get about 73 miles on a single charge. The actual mileage can vary based on conditions such as cargo, passengers, and conditions. My daily commute to and from work is about 63 miles, which depending on how much variance is in that 73 mile range would leave me with little wiggle room to do anywhere else, which would kill my part time pizza delivery gig on the weekends. I could also forget driving out to see my son at school as it is 60 miles one way. I could visit but not expect to get back home.
|English: Electric charging unit for the Nissan Leaf exhibited at the 2010 Washington Auto Show (D.C.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I am not adverse to the idea of an electric car. They are being touted as the future. They very well may be. For me, however, they just do not seem to be a practical choice. Unless one lives, works, and travels within a very small area, you would need to have a gasoline powered car to use for longer hauls or while the electric is being charged. Maybe one day, the technology will improve to the point where they will not be limited to such a small range of travel.