Dash for apps
Leaving aside the likes of the Jaguar XJ and Mercedes S Class, at low and medium speeds the Leaf is one of the most comfortable cars you can buy. Since inner-city driving in Europe and suburban cruising in California are, I suspect, the two most likely uses for the Leaf, I’d say Nissan has got the setup about right.
The inevitable vehicle management apps, for Android (left) and iOS
To remind you that the car is in drive mode, the Leaf’s front fog-cum-running lights stay lit continuously when the car is switched on. Which is exactly what I told Greater Manchester plod when I was pulled over at a road check aimed at stopping people using their fog lamps for aesthetic reasons in times of good visibility.
The Leaf is very well connected thanks to its GPS and 3G radios, which tell Nissan where you are and how your Leaf is holding up.
Time to find a power socket
The 7in touchscreen Windows Embedded Automotive-based combination satnav/media player/Bluetooth phone and reversing camera unit is extremely good at all its jobs. As a satnav, it’s extraordinarily easy to use, and shows your range and the location of any nearby charging facilities.
Drivers can access and manage the Leaf’s charging profile remotely from a web browser or using an iPhone app. The Android app is currently restricted to US customers, but Nissan UK told me it will be available to the rest of us early in 2012.
Interior in pictures
The cabin is a bit too beige for my taste
Plenty of room in the back
The boot is big but the battery prevents the seats folding flat
Fast charge on the left, slow charge on the right
Next page: Expensive leap of faith
I see where AC-11:07 is coming from. Silent cars are NOT unsafe. What IS unsafe are the f*cking idiots who forget the most basic of road safety rules; Stop, LOOK, Listen. If you get Step 2 correct then you're doing well. Alternatively, feel free to use the multitude of pedestrian crossings that are springing up all over the place.
Thousands of deaf, hearing impeded and headphone-wearing folk cross the road every day without incident.
Price of a second car
For a town car only?!!
£25k that rubbish value for money for a car that won't even get out of town.
Whaaa? - No Actually BE VERY SURE.
Nice work. Start with a negative statement "DON'T be sure" then toss in numbers facts and figures and finish with a 'it all depends on something else'.. well done you.
Yes your right the key factor is efficiency of ICE verses charging and motor efficiency.. but why have you not dug out these figures?
Of course you could have just use the US EPA MPGe figures, where they have done all the work through 'real world' performance testing correctly already. the Leaf is 99MPGe (US Gallon) http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=30979 or converted: 118.9 mpg (UK) (miles per imperial gallon)
Using the (US) GGE rating = 33.4Kw/h (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasoline_gallon_equivalent)
and your own figure for electric price, with the 99mpge we get:
14.80p * 33.4kw/h = £4.943 for 99 miles
Giving 4.99p per mile for the leaf.
To match this on petrol you need to achieve (using your petrol figures 13.74p/kwh*0.7kwh/l = £1.332 per litre):
133.2p/4.99p = 26.69 Miles per litre (121.34 mpg (UK) (miles per imperial gallon))
So if your petrol car scores better than 121.34 mpg then you are driving cheaper than the leaf.