Ten Second Review
Nissan Leaf Lease Review - The first all-electric vehicle from Nissan is both affordable and powerful. It gets you 126 MPGe in town and 101 on the motorway. Unlike some other electric vehicles, it packs some power – 107 horsepower to be exact – from the 80 kilowatt electric motor. It’s got a little kick to it, with a top speed of 90mph, breaking the myth that electric vehicles are slow and impractical. And, since it’s electric, it of course has no direct CO2 emissions which is great for your CO2 footprint and it saves money on road tax.
The four doors give you access to five seats. The fifth door lets you into the boot via the hatchback. A push button start, heated seats, and a rear backup camera are all standard, as is a Bluetooth phone operation system. You can download an app to be able to connect to your car via your smartphone or computer.
You can add on a navigation system, a device charging system, 17” alloy wheels, cloth trim (made from recycled plastic), leather seats, and automatic headlights. Overall there are three different versions you can choose from.
Another option you can select is a 6.6 kilowatt charger that can take a drained battery and recharge it in 4 hours instead of 20, thanks to switching to 240 volt outlet, like you have for your home appliances.
There are an increasing number of places you can charge your Leaf, ranging from grocery stores to office buildings. These chargers are fast, giving back almost 80% of battery capacity in as little as 30 minutes.
Once charged, you have a range of approximately 84 miles. Driving around the city gets you a bit more mileage than you can get with dominantly motorway driving, up to 15% more. So, depending on how many miles you drive within city limits or out on the open road, you can go anywhere from 65 to 100 miles on each charge. It also varies based on how hot or cold it is outside. If you use the internal cabin heater it will draw significantly more power from the battery.
Interestingly, most of the Leafs made since 2013 have been made in America, in Tennessee to be exact but this is still a global product for Nissan with sales steady in the UK.
The part that many have to weigh about an electric vehicle is the comparison between its initial cost, which is higher than a comparably-sized petrol-powered hatchback, and its cost of operation. Right now, different parts of the world have very different costs for electricity. The UK is middle of the road with a mix of coal power stations and renewables, but the government is investing heavily in renewable electricity generation. Therefore the cost of running an electric car should come down heavily in the next few years.