Turn of the Leaf: The future of electric motoring

Turn of the Leaf: The future of electric motoring

Much like the seasons of New England and other parts of North America, seasons change. Leaves bud and grow into rich greens, only to die and fall in the autumn cool dry months. Unlike the seasons though is the Nissan Leaf and the popularity it has gained in the recent few years. Nissan just announced that they have reached their first big milestone of 50,000 Leafs sold; not just in North America, but Europe and Japan as well. Electric and hybrid models have become a common trend in many areas simply because now they are reliable, efficient and offer some great technologies to make the driving experience better.

It was in 2010 that the Leaf was first introduced to the world, and it has taken nearly three years but Nissan can proudly say they have produced a product that has some popularity, and it has a technology they can implement in future models moving forward. As of right now Nissan says their registered Leaf owners have driven over 160 million miles since 2010. This number is nearly 100 million more than their closest competitor the Chevy Volt. This number obviously isn’t exact for both, simply because it is hard to imagine that every Volt or Leaf owner has registered their vehicles to properly track the mileage that they have driven during the time they owned their respected vehicle. Even with this hypothetical, there is no hiding the fact that the Nissan Leaf, and Nissan owns the segment.

Even with their dominance, we need to still put aside all the bragging rights for Nissan, and just take the time to reflect on the innovative and technological advancement that is the electric vehicle. This is a great achievement for every automaker who is actively partaking in this mission for a cleaner, greener Earth. If you add in the Mitsubishi i, along with the Volt and Leaf has provided about half a billion miles driven since 2010. This is at least $50 million dollars saved in gasoline expenses, much more if you factor in the hybrid models.

To learn a bit more about the Leaf or other hybrid models from Nissan you can read a bit more by visiting www.sheridannissan.com. They have a collection of reviews on just about every Nissan models.

The Nissan Leaf and the other electric vehicles allow many consumers the option to deny themselves the dependency of fuel purchase. The monthly cost of fuel exceeds $300 USD for many who commute daily for work, and the average cost per mile is roughly 0.14-0.15 cents per mile. So a 50 mile trip to and from work, could cost you almost $15/day. This surely adds up very quickly for many of us. Granted the Leaf and other pure electric vehicles aren’t designed to last very long distances at once, they are very ideal for those of you who are looking to travel 20 or so miles each way for work commute. This could save you at least $200/month, more or less paying for the car itself.

The only real documented problem with the Leaf to date is some recorded mentions that the battery life is shortened by arid and hot climates – much like the climates of Southwestern United States. This is an issue that Nissan has obviously been working on to fix. Otherwise Nissan stands by their product as they should, and so do most of their consumers. The same can be said for the Volt owners, they too are proud of their purchase and the money they are saving each and every mile they drive.