I made this site to give you a brief introduction to the 100% Electric Nissan LEAF, No GAS whatsoever!
The LEAF costs me $31 in Electricity to drive 1000 miles a month.
(that's only 3.1 cents per mile)
Most gas burning Cars are 12 to 44 cents per mile!
(My Electric bill went up only $31.00 a month)
I used to spend $200 to $300 a month in gasoline, oil changes and other maintenance.
The Nissan LEAF is my Only Car!
(Since April of 2013)
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Currently there are 44 Plug-IN Cars from 22 different manufacturers!
Maybe you've heard of some of them?
Tesla, Toyota, Chevy, Honda, Ford, Nissan, BMW, Mitsubishi,
Chrysler, Fiat, Jaguar, Kia, VW, Audi, Volvo, Porsche, Mini, Mercedes,
Hyundai, Smart, Cadillac & Karma.
(more are being introduced every month)
There are basically two types:
PHEV = Plug-IN Hybrid Electric Vehicle (Electric & Gasoline)
BEV = Battery Electric Vehicle (100% Electric, No Gasoline)
A PHEV is a good vehicle if you are not sure you can function without Gasoline.
Generally you would Plug-IN at home and maybe at work and by doing so you could
achieve 45 to 95MPG depending on the Vehicle and the distance you drive. But, a PHEV
has a Gas tank as well. So, If the Electricity runs out you will continue with just Gas.
A BEV will give you the most cost savings, No GAS ever again, No OIL Changes, Very little maintenance. Never go to the Gas Station again! Fill-up on your driveway and be 100% Full every morning.
You can achieve 120MPG or better.
* (PHEV Types: There are many different types of PHEV's. Most let you control the way you use the
Electric charge and/or the gasoline depending where you are driving. All are designed to give you the best MPG.)
I'm sure we'll see almost every class of vehicles as Plug-IN's
by 2020. So full sized SUV's, Electric Pickup Trucks,
Electric Semi Tractor Trailers, School buses, Ambulances,
Mini-Vans, Electric JEEPS, Scooters, etc.
How does an Electric Car work ? - Watch this video:
25% of the NISSAN LEAF is made from recycled materials
Funny LEAF Video!
The Maintenance on most Electric Cars consists of rotating the tires, replacing the windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid, cabin air filter. Checking the brake fluid level and topping it off when nedded. The maintenance cost is around $100 a year. Just like any other vehicle you'll need tires and eventually shocks. The Electric Motor needs no maintenance. Well, some people claim it needs a bearing or two repalced every 500,000 miles. I only have 67,000 miles (june 2018) and so I can't confirm this.
I hardly ever go to the dealer for service. In 6 years I have gone 5 times. Two times for flats two other times for software updates and the 5th time to replace an air-bag switch.
I pay 12.55 cents per kilowatt hour through my electric company, (which is high in NJ) most people I know pay 8.5 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour. If you pay less than me or you have Solar Panels. Then an Electric Car will be less expensive for you to operate.
You're probably saying, but gas is so inexpensive right now! what is this guy talking about?!! Gas down the street from my house on 2-13-2019 was $2.55 a gallon! That's pretty cheap! I figured out if your Car gets 38MPG and gas is 59 cents a gallon we would pay the same per mile. My old Gas car got 21MPG and therefore I'm still saving 6X more money than what I used to pay!
Why would I want to buy Gas ever again?
There's a Guy in CA that uses his LEAF as a Taxi and with 172,000 miles on the car and he's still using the original brakes.
The LEAF hardly uses the brakes, when you lift
your foot off of the GO Pedal (it's not called
a Gas Pedal anymore) the LEAF automatically starts slowing down because of the regenerative braking. So the only time you really need to press the brakes is to make a complete stop. This reduces the wear on the brakes and costs you less money in maintenance.
In NJ there is NO SALES TAX on an Electric Vehicle (EV) and there is a Federal Tax Incentive of $7500. If you have paid at least $7500 of income tax in the year you purchased the EV then you will receive a $7500 check the next time you file your taxes! (this is fading away as car manufacturers sell more than 200K vehicles)
I owed $11,393 and the IRS took off $7500.
Sweet deal for me!
With everything said and done fully loaded, heated leather seats, power everything, GPS, heated steering wheel & mirrors the LEAF cost me $26,500.00* and I'm saving a little over $2300*** a year by not buying Gas!
(a bottom of the line Nissan LEAF costs $22,499 Also, a 24 month old LEAF's coming off of a Lease are selling for only $8K to 12K depending on trim level and they still have 6 years of the main battery warranty left!! - A really great deal for sure and you never need to buy Gas again!)
Around 80% of Americans drive under 40 miles a day to and from work.
The #NissanLEAF was designed for these people, It is a commuters car. In Traffic it uses hardly any fuel. I drive to NYC from NJ 3 to 5 times a week and in my Old Gas Burning Car I used to waste a lot of fuel by sitting in Traffic, And since I used a lot of fuel the more Maintenance I needed.
Also, Please don't worry about traffic. The more traffic there is the longer the current charge of the battery will last. If I turn on the LEAF in my driveway and the battery is at 100% the LEAF can stand there for 11 days before the battery runs dry. So you could sit in traffic for a very long time.
The LEAF now comes in 4 battery sizes,
24 kilowatt per hour(kWh), 30kWh, 40kWh & 60kWh
The EPA rates the 24kwh at 84 miles
range, the 30kwh at 107, the 40 at 150 miles & the 60 at 225 miles.
My daily commute is 52 miles. I arrive home at night with 20 to 40% Battery left.
The 24kwh LEAF gets 60 to 100** miles per charge, on the highways you get less and in the city you get more range because when you're coasting or braking the LEAF takes that energy and recharges its batteries!
The 30kwh LEAF gets around 75 to 125 Miles per charge.
The 40kwh LEAF gets around 126 to 170 Miles per charge.
The 60kwh LEAF gets around 170 to 225 Miles per charge.
If you can charge at work then each way you could do 60 to 75 miles If you do more than 60 to 75 miles In one direction than the LEAF is not for you and you should click here and buy this car!
Every single night I plug the LEAF in on my driveway to a 220V 30Amp plug and it charges back up to Full in 2 hours.
The slower you drive the more range you will get, If you drive 25MPH all day long you'll get 120 miles range. If you drive 85MPH on the Turnpike you'll get around 55 miles range. I drive 60 to 65MPH on the NJ Parkway and I can get 85 miles.
In the winter you get less range, at 32 degrees I do not notice any change in range, at 20 degrees I notice around a 10% drop and at 4 degrees I noticed around 15% drop in range. The LEAF Loves 85 degrees I get the most range at 85 degrees.
I can drive in the HOV lanes by myself and EZPASS gives me a 10% discount on Tolls in NY & NJ! :)
Originally I bought the LEAF to save money on my commute but If I were to buy another EV now it would be because they are so much
Fun to drive. An Electric Car has 100% of their power right off the line You do not need to wait to 6000RPM like a Gas Engine to get all of your Power. There is something exhilarating about driving a quick and peppy
Car that makes no noise whatsoever.
I will NEVER drive a Gas Burning car again!!!
I am 49 years old and this is the First Car that I truly LOVE driving!!!
It is SO MUCH FUN to Drive Electric!!! :)
The #NissanLEAF is a first generation EV and so the range is limited.
There are many other EV's out there now and coming out in the near future.
In Early 2017 the Chevy #BOLTEV is coming and it will do 238 miles per
charge. In Early 2019 the #TeslaModel3 is coming and it will do at least
215 miles range and start at a cost of $35,000. Elon Musk has stated
that when you can buy the Model 3 it will have more Standard features
than any other car that costs $35,000 and it will have more storage
Space because it will have a Trunk and a Frunk!