2011 Nissan LEAF
Review, Prices, Comparisons, Pictures
Electric cars have been around for awhile and are gaining in popularity due to the fact that they are environmentally friendly and will save on fuel costs. The Nissan LEAF is taking the electric car concept to the next level as far as performance and comfort go. The LEAF has two models; the standard SL and the upgraded SV. The standard model starts at around $25,000 and the SV is around $26,200. There is a standard 3 yr/36,000 mile warranty and powertrain coverage for 60 months/60,000 miles. In addition, the battery coverage extends to 90 months/96,000 miles,and the battery life is an expected 6 to 10 years. This is a very affordable choice for this new concept in driving. Your new LEAF is completely electric and battery operated and the battery range will be between 138 and 162 miles. The battery is located under the seats and is actually integrated into the overall design which also helps to keep it protected. Another unique feature is that there is no exhaust system which means no tailpipe. This gives the car a very unique appearance. This will depend on several things such as driving conditions, outside temperature, and your driving style. A driving style that is more aggressive will cause you to use more battery power and shorten the driving range. Nissan has done extensive testing and have come up with a scenario that describes how to get the maximum charge. To get 138 miles out of a charge you would need to maintain a constant speed of 38 mph, not be using any interior climate control and be driving on relatively flat terrain. As these are ideal conditions it is understandable that it might not be feasible to re-create this setting and as such the battery life will vary.
If the idea of an electric car is appealing to you but you do not know a lot about them, now is the perfect time to begin looking. With all the innovations of the 2011 Nissan LEAF this is one electric car that has gone above and beyond to exceed any expectations you may have.