You’ve been told that the Nissan Leaf is not a roadtrip worthy car. You probably assumed that with only a humble 84 EPA estimated miles of “range” that if you wanted to go see granny you were out of luck. After all, granny lives 300 miles away, and you’re used to thinking about EVs as having long charging times.
Let’s revisit this with the help of some actual data.
By the numbers:
In the 24 hour stretch between yesterday noon and noon today, I personally witnessed a 2013 base (S model) Leaf complete 600.1 miles.
From the driver’s seat.
600 miles is more than 7x the car’s “range.”
But it gets better, because that stretch included a rather rigorous stop at the Canada to U.S. border–70 minutes in total.
The Leaf in question not only made it from Canada to California (646.8 miles) with nothing but electricity as its fuel, it did so in just 23:44.
The fastest stretch of all, however, was between 18:26 yesterday and 17:54 today–a 23 hour, 28 minute period where my “limited range” Nissan Leaf managed 650.2 miles–despite that I took two naps, stopped three or four extra tiemes to take pictures of the Oregon coast, had lunch at a Subway, and drank just two cups of coffee–slightly below my daily average.
And it could do better.
With active battery temperature management, more vigorous and widely dispersed infrastructure, and yes, a slightly bigger battery, the Leaf becomes the best roadtrip car there is:
*it’s clean/environmentally responsible
*it’s comfortable and well-made
*fueling it up costs less than any production gas car by a significant margin. (Yes, even than your Prius.)
**fueling an EV is not the miserable experience of fueling a gas car**
-it’s cheaper, it doesn’t stink, and you can carry on with your life without being temporarily locked to a disgusting and carcinogenic relic of ages past.
Having driven this 2013 base Leaf 27,380 miles on this trip alone and 55,525 miles in total, my battery state of health still reads 100%. I can recommend the car with conviction and the data to back it, and best of all, there are lots of Leafs much more gently used than mine on the used market right now for about $10k or less!
Isn’t it time you saw firsthand what you’re missing? At least go test drive one. Just tell the salesperson you have no intention of buying it.
You won’t until you test drive it. 😉