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Michael.Peterson_#2
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re: EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
Michael.Peterson_#2   4/7/2011 3:44:17 PM
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They are only selling the Leaf in fairly mild or hot climates (Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Tennessee, etc.) Speculation is that they will include a cold weather package in their 2012 model

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re: EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
Michael.Peterson_#2   4/7/2011 3:42:59 PM
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Nissan is also providing free towing assistance for the first two or three years.

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re: EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
Rick DeMeis   4/6/2011 4:33:09 PM
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The quoted range is 100 miles but that figure depends on extreme heat or cold and how one drives the car in terms of speed and acceleration. Based on what I experienced, the range was slightly lower because it was cool. I think if I was trying to "hypermile" the car, driving slower with easy acceleration, the estimates would have climbed once the computer "stored" my driving style to use in future range estimates.

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re: EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
mr88cet   4/6/2011 2:42:37 PM
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Regarding computers hanging, I think it's important to not equate Automotive computer systems with Windows PCs. That's an apples-to-oranges comparison, if not apples-to-sea-urchins. Availability and Reliability in PC OSes and applications is at best a fourth-order concern, whereas, in Automotive, Safety is a higher-priority concern even than Functionality. If there's ever a conflict between correct functionality and safety, safety always wins.

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re: EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
mr88cet   4/6/2011 2:02:02 PM
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Really excellent "first look" review of the Leaf, so thank you! Although I don't claim to be an expert on the topic, I'm a Prius driver, and have read a bit about EV technology (notably, James Larimie's Electric Vehicle Technology Explained - good book, although a little out-of-date in spots). Between the fact that I live in a hot climate (Austin, TX) and what I read there about how deadly critical it is to keep batteries cool, what I have to really wonder about is Nissan's claim that their battery system doesn't need a cooling system. I'm guessing that, in hotter climates, the battery modules will start failing toward the end of the warranty period, and will pretty much all need to be replaced shortly thereafter.

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re: EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
djhk   4/6/2011 1:26:24 PM
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Rick, I'm assuming that the car has a computer control system. Computers can hang. What provisions does the car have to safely stop? We don't want to lose you.

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