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Nissan Leaf at its boundaries

Nissan unveiled its first 100% electric production car in 2009 with the name Leaf on it. Since then, going through many improvements, the Leaf has captured a different niche in the automobile market. Even in Sri Lanka, due to its affordability which worth as its spatial practicability, the Nissan Leaf has been a major consumer choice. The powertrain with the 110 Horse Power electric motor is powered by a Lithium-ion battery which can be chosen among the 24kw and 30kw. Each battery provides 2 significantly different driving ranges, 200km and 250km respectively as its being claimed by Nissan. Practically these numbers vary significantly but for a daily city rider, the Nissan Leaf is a perfect choice. The car learns by itself the riding style of the driver. Then in the next full charge, it will show the possible traveling range according to those data. Simply, If you drive so aggressively for a few days, and then once you charged the car, it will show you a lower possible range. Anyway, these values also change in real time according to the way you accelerate. The good part is, if you are a daily city driver (short distance), then you might not need to charge the car every day because the battery doesn't get discharged when the car is stopped. Thus, in electric cars, the range is the most critical factor in production as well as when buying. That is a one reason the car became a controversy in both negatively and positively.

The build quality of the car is quite good as a family car. It has plenty of leg room for both the front and rear seats with a great ride comfort. The sophisticated infotainment system is very detailed and straight forward. The electronic transmission nob adds a huge technological feeling to the cabin. 

Being an electric car doesn't mean that it cannot go fast but it means the total opposite. Even in Nissan Leaf, the electric motor produces 280 Nm of torque which gives a thrilling acceleration. We actually tested the car for the 0 to 100kmph speed test. With some additional information, we published our 4th episode of Tarragon TV series. Watch it, enjoy, leave us your feedback and subscribe to our youtube channel for even better videos in future.

 

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iRage, sorry for replying you late...

1. What did you mean by "effectively reduce its range"?

2. If the charging was from the ordinary household electricity grid (230V), to charge from 1 to 100%, it will take around 6-8 hrs but for a normal daily city rider, the car wouldn't discharge to 0% so just a 3hr charge would take it all back. Anyway overnight charging is convenient and effective. but if it was a fast charger (DC), it will take from just 30 mins to 1 hr.

3. Home is near ;)

We thought to not to do a full review about this car because Nissan Leaf has been there for quite a long so people already know about it.

And thanks a lot for your great feedback.... :)

On 3/18/2017 at 5:03 PM, iRage said:

Yes...

The video-graphy has improved quite a lot (you guys even got a helicopter to do fly overs ! <--- sarcastic humor) 

Sound quality has improved a lot...editing needs to be a bit more smooth...sudden cut offs..sudden changes in sound levels, etc...

So  a few questions:

1. By pushing it a lot and staying within a higher power output band did you effectively reduce its range ?

2. Presuming you could have gotten to the "next-exit" or a charging station. How long would it have taken to re-charge ?

3. thought it was funny how you considered getting stuck on the highway being bad but getting stuck on a normal road not bad :D

Personally I thought you guys covered a lot more in your Allion/Premio review than the Leaf review though :)

Also, perhaps you should just have one thread for your reviews ? 

 

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10 hours ago, TarragonTV said:

iRage, sorry for replying you late...

1. What did you mean by "effectively reduce its range"?

3. Home is near ;)

 

1. If you drive full out at 130kmph per hour or drive rather aggressively within city limits you would reduce the total range of the car as you are effectively using more energy.

3. Hmm.. buy and live in a caravan. Home will always be right behind :D

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