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EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days

Rick DeMeis
4/1/2011 02:21 AM EDT

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Salio
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Salio   4/1/2011 3:57:27 AM
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It looks like a cool car. How many miles are you able to get out of it? Is this a pure EV? How do you recharge the battery and how long does it take to recharge?

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BicycleBill   4/1/2011 12:29:58 PM
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Let us know how it handles in slush and snow, and how much using the heater reduces your range!

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_hm   4/1/2011 4:18:24 PM
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What is the predicted cost of ownership for 10 years usage of the car? How does it compare with that of Nissan Versa?

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JudeLD   4/2/2011 2:58:10 PM
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How is roadside assistance handled? If you run out of juice will AAA tow the vehicle or have a charger? Or will AAA simply exclude electric vehicles from free towing?

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Rick DeMeis   4/4/2011 4:52:52 PM
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This morning the outside air temp was 40F (4C), with a charge of 0.833 of maximum, the computer told me I had a range of 90 miles. When I turned on the climate control, the range figure dropped to 75 mi.

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Rick DeMeis   4/4/2011 4:55:50 PM
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Nominal range is listed as 100 miles, which varies with temperature and the way you drive. With the 110V charger supplied with the car, a full charge from zero takes about 20 hrs. With a commercial DC charge station, this goes down to 30 minutes for an 80% charge.

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Rick DeMeis   4/4/2011 5:37:39 PM
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Right now AAA will tow, but they have plans to accommodate "alternative fuel" vehicles, which means looking to have some sort of recharge capability on their service vehicles.

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Rick DeMeis   4/4/2011 5:40:53 PM
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Nissan says it costs $2.64 for every 100 miles to operate, based on an electricity cost of $0.11/kWh x 24 kWh. The battery has an 8-year, 100k mile warranty. I am not fond of the Versa for several reasons. You can read my review here: http://www.examiner.com/automotive-in-boston/car-locks-pose-accident-hazard

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Nol   4/5/2011 5:42:58 AM
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Hello Rick, Can you tell us if the car is rated for -30C temperature or even below? Some of us drive in cold climate and I'm wondering if the maker specified something like recommended operating conditions... Thanks

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TONY.SMITH_#2   4/6/2011 9:47:02 AM
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Hi Rick, I would be interested in knowing how the real life range compares with the marketing & predicted values. Also the practicality of partial recharging whilst at work or visiting family/friends etc. Does this usefully extend the practical usage range. Thanks

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