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2 Years Driving a Fully Electric Nissan Leaf // My Review // Is Electirc Better?

Jun 08, 2021
As of now, I've had my all-

electric

Nissan Leaf for just over two

years

and it's been a very interesting two-year learning experience switching from my 15-year-old Subaru Legacy, which was really starting to fall apart, to buying the Nissan Leaf. And making that jump to an all-

electric

vehicle, I remember sitting in the dealership looking at Patrick as we went through the paperwork to buy the car and thinking, Am I making a horrible mistake? I was afraid. He was very nervous because he didn't know anyone. I had an all-electric car and it was very new technology, it's still very new technology and I wasn't really sure how I was going to handle that change, but I can now say, two

years

after that initial period of really high anxiety, that De In fact, I am very happy I made that decision.
2 years driving a fully electric nissan leaf my review is electirc better
Having an electric car has very important advantages and disadvantages, especially right now, there are not many charging stations, so most people who have electric cars charge at home, which is what I do. I come home every night and park my car in front of the small house and plug it in. I use the power station that is right next to the small house and it actually worked very well because if I had a traditional house I probably would have had I had to hire an electrician to come and put in a power charger just for the car, but since we live in what used to be a trailer park or still is, we have the power charging stations right next to the house so I was able to take the car charger and plug it in and just charge my car overnight it's what which they call a trickle charge because it takes a long time, but as long as it doesn't completely drain the battery and you plug it in, you know. six seven even eight at night, if I get home late, it's usually

fully

charged when I get up to go to work the next day, so it actually worked great that way, so that yellow plug is the dog bone. for the tiny house and then this gray outlet right here is my car outlet so it works perfectly we have these two different outlets on the power this power tower right next to the tiny house there were a few different things that were very worried when I decided to buy a

fully

electric car, one of them was to be able to charge the car and it worked well, just charge it overnight sometimes if I have to drive a little further, like I have to go somewhere afterwards. work I have to find another way to charge my car about a year after I bought it.
2 years driving a fully electric nissan leaf my review is electirc better

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The church two blocks from where I work installed a charging station, so I was able to use it a couple of times and that was super helpful. One of the downsides is I was expecting public charging stations to start popping up more quickly and I think for the last year and a half literally the rest stop on the Parkway a few miles from us has had a charging station which was installed but it had yellow tape around it saying it's not ready and I don't know what the delay is or why it's not available yet but literally every time we drive by I look I look to see if it's up and running and it still isn't , so it's definitely been a lot slower to get more public charging stations, but I find that charging my car at home and going to work every day is really just a commuter vehicle. to get to and from work and run errands when I have to drive further, for example if I have to do some training for work I will do it, usually I'll just borrow Patrick's car, we'll switch cars, he take my car to work. and I take his car somewhere I have to go.
2 years driving a fully electric nissan leaf my review is electirc better
He has a Jeep Cherokee, so you can drive it as far as you need and just stop and get gas. I definitely don't miss having to stop for gas and I like to think. about it during my work week like, oh, do I need to get gas today or can I do it another day and wait? I just don't like running errands and having one more thing I have to think about to stop and do, it's a little irritating for me, so I love the fact that I just get home, plug it in and it's ready to go. work the next day.
2 years driving a fully electric nissan leaf my review is electirc better
I also feel like we've saved money by not having to buy gas, the increase in our electric bill wasn't substantial when we bought the car and If I were more of a math person, I could sit and crunch the numbers, but that's just not me. We kept track of what was happening with our electric bill and it didn't increase substantially, actually it wasn't even much. a difference that we noticed, so I had seen in other people's videos that by comparing the amount of money you would spend on gas versus the amount of money you would spend on electricity you would definitely end up saving money with the electric car, so that made me very happy, but there are also some higher costs that you really have to take into account with an electric car, so now it's 26 degrees at 11:00 am. m. and there you can see, so we started at 70.
I went 70 miles to charge the battery and I drove a total of twenty-five point seven miles and that reduced the battery by about 50 percent, so on most of the roads around

driving

between 45 and 50 miles per hour was not the case. the road, but the slower you go, the happier the

leaf

, so yeah, an eventful day, all in all, things were learned. No more inspection stickers for me, so you can see they removed it right there, just another errand I don't have to worry about. about running when I have the electric car, so that's good. I have never been a person to take my car to the dealership for work.
We have a local mechanic who is great who I really trust and every time I had to take my Subaru in. To finish the job, I knew he was going to be completely honest with me and he was going to do it at a really affordable price, so one of the things I was struggling with the most when I was thinking about getting the electric car. I knew I couldn't take it for most services, I mean tires and stuff like that would be fine, but really any kind of maintenance you've done on an electric car can't be done by a normal mechanic, you have to do it. go with someone that is certified that means every time I work on the blade I have to take the car to the Nissan dealership and there is only one person that works at the Nissan dealership that is the certified blade mechanic so I always have to Ask around and make sure he's definitely working that day because he's the only person who really knows what to do with my car.
The plus side is that electric cars don't have as many moving parts, you don't need to get an oil change. In an electric car there are fewer things that are going to brake you, so it definitely requires less general maintenance, but when I do have to do maintenance it costs me more than it would have cost me to do the work on my Subaru, so it's really an act of balance, but I think that between the savings of not having to buy gas all the time and the simple fact that I drive less overall with the electric car, I am forced to drive less due to the car's shorter range, but also I think differently about

driving

instead of running out to the store to buy something because I don't have what I need.
I just think okay, when I get back from work or the gym, I'll stop and pick that up. so there are no extra miles I'm driving. I would have been driving anyway, so it makes you think a little differently because you have to conserve your mileage and conserve your battery and that will mean, overall, less wear and tear from your slight inconveniences in your daily schedule, but over two years I've totally adapted to it and it's just a normal part of my day, now it doesn't bother me at all. There's my 2015 Nissan Leaf and it's officially been 3 days. since I charged it, this is the first time this has happened in, let's say, over a year and a half that I've had the blade, due to what we talked about called range anxiety and I can tell you this after purchasing my Range Anxiety.
The autonomy of the first electric car is something very real at this moment. I'm on my way to exercise. I go to college. This is actually where I went to school because they have an electric car charging station and I can go to the track and do my workout, what I really want to see is how much charge I can get for about the hour I'm going to do my workout. . At first, it was very difficult to adjust to the limited range of my car and if I'm totally honest, probably during the first two or three weeks that I drove the car, I felt the worst buyer's remorse to the point that I was contemplating going back to the dealership and beg them to give me my car back.
I was really scared. I found out about the whole situation and I felt that what I expected from the car in terms of the range it could drive was not reality, it was much shorter than what I expected. I thought I was going to be able to take my car and I drove it to North Jersey and charged it once about halfway across the state and that's just not realistic because highway driving drains the battery very, very quickly, so I've never been able to to do that. I always take Patrick's car, but that was something that if I had known that, I don't know if I would have bought the car if I had really understood what I like to call real math, where the car has an idea of ​​how many miles it can go, but in reality is always less I think if I had fully understood that I'm not sure if I would have bought the car or not I feel like I'm leaning I probably wouldn't have done it but since I did and I'm already over that panic period where I wanted to try to return the car and I took the time to learn my scope and how to manage it and how to plan my day.
I got used to it and I feel like in the end the benefits outweigh the cost and I think it really ended up being a good decision for me at this point in my life, when you're researching an electric car, there's a term you'll start to hear called range anxiety. and I'm here to tell you. That range anxiety is a real thing. I mean, sometimes I would be driving home when my battery was getting a little bit low, like I was sweating, hoping I could make it and this really depends on what model year of car you have.
You have my car it's a 2015 and it has something they call a lizard battery and what that means is that this was an older technology when we started having electric cars and heat and cold strongly impact the way your battery is going to perform. they work so I know there is a significant difference in range when I drive my car in the summer versus when I drive my car in the winter and when it's really cold my car is not happy so in the summer when my car is fully charged, usually it will be about a hundred, maybe 105 miles, which the car tells me I could drive, that totally depends on how fast I'm going, what the road conditions are, if it's uphill, downhill or flat, All those things come into play. game, but generally I know that in the winter when my battery is fully charged it will tell me it has about 70 miles of range, it's actually not a true 70 especially if I'm going on the highway.
I'm usually commuting to work and he'll tell me when I get home that I have about 25 miles or so left, so I can't do any serious winter road trips and, as I explained before, I'll switch cars with Patrick if Do I need to drive more or always? I just kept it in the back of my head that I could rent a car if I needed to take a road trip or drive in some substantial way. I could always rent a car for two days and that would solve that problem in the future. During the two years I've had the electric car so far I haven't had to do it at all.
I have always been able to borrow Patrick's car and we both agreed that we feel that in the future this is the direction things will go. they will likely move as electric cars improve range and batteries. I think what you'll see in a lot of car families is that one car is electric and the other is gas or hybrid because then you have more time. range with the gasoline or hybrid vehicle, but has the flexibility and financial efficiency of the electric car and all the other benefits that come with it. It's a very good combination to have one of each right now, as technology improves and there are more. charging stations that could change, but I think moving forward for a two car household will be a really good situation.
There are a couple of strange things about having an electric car: it's very quiet, it doesn't make the sound of a traditional engine, so the car actually has, I think they call it a hum, so when you're going at a slow pace , if there are pedestrians in the area, it makes some kind of noise, but I've had to be very careful, like in parking lots and things like that. A lot of times people just listen to see if a car is coming and you don't hear an electric car, so you have to keep an eye out for people walking becauseThey could walk past you without even realizing it. a car is coming.
One of the other things that I really noticed the difference between my Subaru and having the electric car is that my Subaru when the heat came on, I mean, it was really hot in the winter, so that was great. I would raise the thermostat to the maximum and I would be in my glory, but with the electric car the heating and cooling system are very different: it does not take heat away from the engine like a traditional car does, even for a car that was as affordable as Do you like to call him Patrick? It's the poor man's Tesla.
It has heated seats on a heated steering wheel and the reason is that the heating system is not good and at least the heat blowing on you takes a long time. so that it warms up and does not blow as much hot air as traditional car heating. The system is where they extract heat from the engines, so having that heated seat and steering wheel is vital to being able to drive and be comfortable.

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