Living With An Electric Car For Six Months Changed My Mind

What It's Like Living With The 2018 Nissan Leaf For Six Months

1y ago

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Living with an electric car for six months changed my mind about how I feel about them. I have range anxiety. When you're driving a Nissan Leaf, it has the equivalent energy in the battery pack of less than two gallons of gasoline. That not only tells you how energy dense gasoline is, but also how wildly efficient electric cars are, as the Leaf gets 150 miles on the equivalent of 1.2 gallons of gas.

And while the benefits of electric cars are clear, for example instant torque, quiet ride, low CG, and much more emissions friendly, they do come with lower range and longer recharging times versus filling a gasoline tank. So after living with a 151 mile range Nissan Leaf for 6 months, how do I now feel about EVs? Quite different, actually. Check out the video for full details!

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  • Where does the electricity come from?! These E.V’s are not the future.

    Can we stop buying these cars and wait for hydrogen power?

      1 year ago
    • Depends on where you are, electricity can be generated from renewal source (hydro or wind( or non green-house-gas source (nuclear). Also to get hydrogen, you electricity!

        1 year ago
  • Electric cars are basically powered by coal..since the majority of electricity is still fossil fuel based, bar some nuclear and renewables making up a small percentage. So I don't see them as very clean at all but merely moving the pollution issue to a different area. That with range anxiety and the crazy charge times, I don't see them as a viable replacement to an ice car. For me a charge time of even one hour is unacceptable compared to the 5 minutes to refill my diesel car. And I get a meager 500 miles on one tank. Sorry they are not there yet but market them as a viable personal transport replacement for an ice car. Sorry they are just not. Hydrogen fuel cells however.. are!

      1 year ago
    • Sorry but you are wrong! The math has been done properly and it turns out, even when you fill them with energy produced by burning coal it is still better.

      Everything you need to know: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RhtiPefVzM

        1 year ago
    • You need to consider the environmental impact of the manufacturing of these vehicles. Heavy diesel powered machines are used to extract and refine the elements used to make batteries. These said elements, are also finite just as fossil...

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        1 year ago
  • Well, I never thought I'd say this but a very balanced view, Jason. You can still see the rough edges of lithium ion yet the EV is perfectly fine as a city vehicle *if* you can afford to replace the battery if you plan to keep the car for any length of time.

    As you very rightly say, it's a no-brainer for a second runabout.

    However (this isn't going to be one of those "everything before the word 'but' is insincere") battery based EVs are still a stop-gap. As soon as fuel cells or flow cells become the norm I'll be dropping internal combustion like a hot rock, especially if someone produces an ICE to EV conversion kit. The electric motor is clearly a better fit for a private car, it's just the storage of the energy to run it that remains half-arsed.

      1 year ago
    • Yes , balanced, and clarifying. Jason has excellent clear thinking and analytical skills. We need to know where we are at on electrics and hybrids. I'm glad someone is willing to do their homework, the old fashioned way.

        1 year ago
  • Why do you waste your money on that

      1 year ago
  • For the majority of the world, cheap ICE will persist as the “ownership” answer... but EV’s seem to be filling up the luxury market undeniably with “good game” power, minimalism, efficiency, dynamics, and elegant/space-maximizing packaging. EV-serving Infrastructure is coming like it or not, and fossil fuel consumption/industry will definitely benefit from having EV’s replace a massive majority of the top fuel-consumer segments such as logistics/shipping/luxury. Now only if the Military would jump in the efficiency boat to balance the scales... maybe I’d feel better about Tax day.

      1 year ago
    • Maybe not the military (not many charging stations in Afghanistan) but at least public transport. More towns and cities should be using electric buses and taxis, or at least hybrids.

        1 year ago
    • Well the (US) military is mostly based off Nuclear power (ships/subs) and mountains of barrels of (jet) fuel. The new JLTV’s are hybrids because of the 2012 DARPA report that supply lines will be increasingly more complex and expensive (in...

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