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Nissan Leaf EV Review

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/14/2770136/prospective-buyers-try-out-nissans.html
Prospective buyers try out Nissan's new electric car
By Bob Cox Jan 14 2011

Marcus Hay had been researching electric vehicles, including the
Nissan Leaf, for months before he finally got to see and drive one
Friday. The Denton resident said he was impressed.

"It doesn't feel like an economy car. It's well-done," said Hay, who
already paid $99 for a reservation allowing him to order a Leaf in
February.

The electric car revolution is beginning to reach Texas. The first
Chevy Volts have trickled into the state in the past month, and now a
few Leafs should reach Texas buyers before the end of January.

With only about 50,000 Leafs expected to be produced this year for
distribution worldwide, Nissan has long lines of prospective buyers.
About 24,000 reservations, which guarantee a Leaf order at a specific
time, have been sold in the U.S.

"We've got to have at least 500-plus Texas orders," said Robin Maas,
Nissan's electric-vehicle operations manager in Texas.

Nissan is holding a Leaf "ride and drive" event all weekend at its
regional offices in Irving so reservation holders and other interested
parties can drive the car. It's the third stop on a 22-city tour to
show off the cars, the first of which were delivered to West Coast
buyers this month.

Displays of the vehicle's battery drive system and features are set up
in heated tents, and Nissan representatives are on hand to answer
questions.

The questions from Friday's visitors indicated that they have done
massive amounts of research on electric vehicles, batteries and other
technology in the Leaf.

"We get an extremely educated" person at the front of the line to see
and buy the Leaf, Maas said. They are comfortable with the technology
and limitations of electric vehicles.

"People that come here don't have range anxiety," Maas said, referring
to concerns about running out of battery power. "They've already made
that decision. They're here to see that it's a real car and how if
feels and how it performs."

The Leaf is 100 percent electric. Its lithium-ion batteries are
expected to give it about a 100-mile range, depending on speed and the
use of accessories like air conditioning ...

Hay, an aircraft mechanic who understands the technology involved,
said he's pretty close to making up his mind about ordering a Leaf.
And it's not because he's an ardent environmentalist or even looking
to save money on gasoline.

"To me it comes down to oil," he said. "We're importing two-thirds
from the Middle East, and we need to get out of there as soon as we
can." []






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