I think my brain might be back! After getting the flu, not once but TWICE in the last month and a half…it was a tough recovery! I haven’t hardly been able to stay focused to even write. I’ve turned the corner though and I’m feeling great…brain fog lifted and all!
I’ve just been dying to tell you all about my new electric car! Which is actually not new anymore, we’ve had it since August 2015. I wanted to “test” it through the winter, before I share with you
Are EVs really all that? and My 15 Surprising Reasons to Own One!
We stumbled upon buying an EV aka Electric Vehicle. We needed to either do some major work on a car we owned or buy a new one…with that our finance dealer..who is a friend, suggested that we might like an electric car and it was in our price range.
Now we had never ever even thought about owning an electric car. We had no opinions either way, except that it was probably not something we would own. No reason why…just because it seemed like a novelty. So after our friend showed us a Nissan Leaf… we started our extremely intensive research on Electric Vehicles!
This is a very non techie review my friends. A review from normal people with extremely busy lives that had no intention or interest in buying an electric car…
Until… we drove it and researched.
I LOVE MY NISSAN LEAF!! It is THE BEST car I have ever owned.
Just the facts Ma’am (these are some of our research notes from before and after purchasing):
Little to no maintenance ~ Some EV’s have gas and electric engines, but the Nissan Leaf only has a battery. Therefore, no maintenance except a yearly check on the battery. Open the hood…there is only a battery! Other than that…it’s only tires and brakes! Saving tons of money!
Super silent, super quiet, super wonderful! ~ With no engine, there is no noise. Sometimes there is a bit of a whine noise when you are speeding up. I’ve read that this was actually created on purpose. The car is SO quiet that you can’t even tell it is on when approached. It is so fun! This however means others don’t know that the car is on. An engine signals in our minds…be careful of the car it’s running. So the whining is like a warning for pedestrians to know that a car is approaching. It also has the back up beeper to warn others the car is backing. This annoyed me at first, as we come and go A LOT at my house, but it doesn’t seem to bother our neighbors…so I guess it’s a good thing.
It GAINS mileage when coasting and braking ~ YES! So if you are sitting in heavy traffic braking every 10 seconds…you are actually gaining miles! We live in a hilly area, so gaining some miles is super easy every day. I can go to the store and back and only have used maybe 2 miles! It’s sort of a game to see how many miles I can gain..for free!
It plugs into a regular 110V outlet for charging ~ Yep…plug it into the wall and boom, you are ready to go the next day. It does take time to charge and wondered how this would affect our busy lifestyle. It doesn’t. Just like needing gas, you simply get in the habit of plugging it in nightly. Actually we only plug in about every other night, as most of our driving is around town with this car.
You can buy a quick charge station ~ This is something we are looking in to. We aren’t in a hurry as charging overnight really works fine for us…BUT there have been an occasion or two when we would have liked to have a full charge quick and had to wait. Our miscalculation…
Speaking of Electricity ~ What’s the cost you might ask…I’ve figured that we have added about $50 a month onto our electricity bill. But we have dropped about $100 – in gas costs, so we are definitely saving. If gas goes higher again, the savings will be significantly more.
It’s Roomy! ~ Our Nissan LEAF is just as roomy inside as our Jetta Volkswagen. Fit 5 adults comfortably.
No Gas mean our teens don’t have to beg us for gas money ~ Need I say more!
How many Miles per full charge? ~ Our USED Nissan LEAF get 85-90 miles per full charge. This sort of worried us at first, but as we researched our needs and how much we drive our second car per day, it was easy to see that 85-90 miles a day was more than enough to meet our daily needs. Most people only drive about 45 miles a day. We have found this to be true. Even with A LOT of driving.
This is our second family car. ~ So one thing you ought to know, is that the Nissan LEAF is really a second family car. We personally wouldn’t use it for our long distance driving. You certainly can, but you have to figure out where the charging stations are plan to stop accordingly. So, although we drive this car every day everywhere within a certain radius…we still have a gasoline driven car for super long distances.
You can use all the electronic gadgets without losing a mile. ~ You can freely use the radio, lights, defroster, cd player, windshield wipers, heated seats and you will not lose mileage. The only time I’ve lost a mile is when I’ve sat waiting for my kids for over 20 min. from a sports event and wanted my electric seat warmer on. I lost 1 mile. I can handle that.
No Emissions ~ There is no tale pipe in an electric powered car. No need!
The ride ~ Smooooth! The only way to describe it, is that it reminds me of a futuristic ride. You know like what you might see on the Jetsons or those futuristic movies with electric cars. Since there is no transmission, when you step on the gas, you simply glide on up to the speed you want. No shifting transmission. It’s smoooth sailing. Then you glide along! Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had.
It’s nice looking ~ Ok this is a matter of opinion. I LOVE the way my Nissan LEAF looks, BUT out of my 7 kids…only one likes the look. They love the ride…not so happy with the look.
Have we ever almost run out of electricity? ~ Umm YES! Just a little nerve racking. This has happened a couple times. We have roadside assistance…BUT how embarrassing would that be?! LOL This was an oversight on our part and trying to get away with not plugging it in. The saving grace was that we were always gaining miles with our coasting and braking. Both times we made it home…
Phone Charger when power is out! ~ During the winter our power went out for a bit of time. That’s no good when phones want to be charged…Sooo my brilliant idea…use the giant battery in the car! YES it worked. Didn’t drain the car at all but charged our phones with no electricity!
Ok so now that I have gone on and on about how much I love my Electric Car…I have just one complaint:
The only thing on the car that zaps the mileage is the fan. You know like the fan you need for defrosting your windows, heat, a/c. Now the seats and the steering wheel are heated, but that’s just not good enough for me in the middle of winter. I WANT HEAT!
Turning on the heat will bring the mileage down about 10 miles…meaning if you are at 60 it will go down to 50. It’s really the only thing that bugs me about my Nissan LEAF. It doesn’t go down that much like every time you turn it on…like say if you go to the store and run in and come out and turn the heat back on…it doesn’t drain it twice. Just that initial 10. Still irritating though.
So with that said…it’s an inconvenience that is well worth it to me. There are just too many things that I LOVE about my Electric Car to give it up. Would I buy another one? YES I definitely would!
Price you are wondering? I bought a used Nissan LEAF for 12,xxx something. As with all brand new vehicles, buying new will cost you and you will lose money the second you drive it off the lot. New Nissan LEAF’s are going for around $29,000 ~ $34,000. Umm ya…buy used. ALSO because most people only use their EVs for local driving, the mileage is still looow when you buy used! WIN!
I know this is super long, but I wanted to be thorough! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
Oh and NO, I’m not being paid by anyone to give my opinion on this EV. I just thought you might like to know, as I had no idea what an Electric Car was before we bought one!
Have a blessed day! n
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