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Chris Emerson – One Year Driving the Nissan Leaf

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My good friend Chris Emerson has driven a Nissan Leaf for the last year, and we spent an afternoon chatting about his experiences driving an electric vehicle. Friendly warning that this is a long video, but Chris is a pretty insightful guy. If you’ve been curious about EV’s in general (and the Leaf specifically) this is a pretty in-depth look at what owning one in Los Angeles is like.

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Josh Lee says:

So what year Nissan Leaf does he recommend?

supkirsten says:

As the owner of a 2015 Leaf I have to say this video is pretty accurate. I've had a whole change in how I think about travel and cars. I love never going to the gas station and we get to charge for free. I have NEVER paid for a charge yet as our city offers several NCTC (nochargetocharge) stations and so does Nissan. Rethink maintenance as well. I can't claim it is "no maintenance" but let's just say, very low maintenance. I have never before "loved" the driving experience but the Leaf changed all that. If you are sitting on the fence about buying a Leaf, go test drive one!

Francisco lobo says:

I'm owner of a Chevy volt 2014 and I'm very happy but now that there is a lot more charging station all over California I would like to have a Nissan leaf

Robert Wilson III says:

The biggest problem that no one new in 2012 is that you need a new driveline at 70,000 miles. Which costs $6-$8k. Just know this before buying a used Leaf.

gilleojax says:

Great video … as always. I looked at the date and it was 4 years ago … wow. Did you ever do a follow up video with Chris to see if his experience had changed? Like the last commenter, this has totally convinced me that I need to look into EV cars. Thanks for another great video

KamakazeTaco says:

So electric cars are really only viable if you live in a city like LA and don't go very far for work?

John Ward says:

The driver should be a Nissan salesman.

john says:

I call bs. Who takes two hour lunches? Most people don't have this kind of time to waste. These cars are tops for travel within a single city, but I don't see it for long range travel. Suspect you will see many families have one of these and then a normal car for long trips. That seems like the best mix for a reasonable family.

Renato Piereck says:

Best video on the Leaf yet, thank you.

OperationDEEZ says:

Seein' used 2015s on Carfax and Truecar for 8-9 grand with around 20k miles. Good stuff.

Lowell Glady says:

A car not for rural areas, I would say city driving only, to many negativitys

Dennis D says:

What year is your car model and is it an S, SV, SL? Sorry, I didn't watch the entire video, you might have mentioned it. But i'm already convinced.

Matteo .Bassini says:

Here's an even funnier one. Because I can actually afford the lifestyle (having a gasoline vehicle), I don't need to worry about gas prices. When I'm out of gas, I just refill it. And that's it. I think if you worry about gas prices so much, you probably can't afford it.

BrewersArcade says:

I just got a 2012 SL for $8200 out the door with 28,500 miles. These machines are a steal these days. It's the perfect commuter car. Loving it. Plus, the stereo actually is awesome! Killer quality!

MrSupergee says:

Good video gents. Picking up my 2013 SL tomorrow 🙂 Will miss the HCH.

Mark Plain says:

Juan, can you please pass my regards to Chris. This video and discussion by Chris and yourself is the best full review on the car. I FINALLY got one and I'm in the honeymoon phase. Everything that Chis is talking about is exactly what has happened to me from playing with the various modes to the typical questions anyone asks me. I even use Chis' response "miles per gallon? The only time I have gas in my car is when I deliver gas to my friend who has run out of gas."
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I drive to work and back and already know that I'm well within range, so I neglect what the gauge says, drive the car like a demon and have the aircon on. But I'm yet to go through the experience of driving the battery to a low charge.
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Also I have also picked up that the moment I discuss the car range, my friends suddenly become "world travellers", and drive way more than the range, to which I brush aside their remark. I have to admit I have become a bit of an a-hole in drag racing the odd car as the power of this car is simply over the top.
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If you or Chris come to Toronto, please contact me, you guys have free beer on me… oh I also ditched my iPhone

DonR. says:

The Leaf's platform appears to be shared with the Versa, however itit actually an entirely different platform which is not shared with any of the other gasoline cars as per Nissan.

That guy says:

I get about 137 fully charged with radio . Eco mode 2016 sl

zarr Sar says:

The range issue on these cars is not a big deal in my opinion, its the charge locations which all gas stations should provide, but the big issue is charge time.

zarr Sar says:

What is "Your" the range in full charge, no heating or cooling? That is the question.

Alexandria Daniela says:

Thanks a lot .

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