2018 Nissan LEAF EV FIRST DRIVE REVIEW (2 of 3)

MotoMan drives the 2018 Nissan LEAF in an around Napa Valley, California to demonstrate three things: First, is there more useable power in the 2018 Nissan LEAF now that is has 33% more power. Second, built ostensibly on the same platform albeit A LOT of changes, does the 2018 Nissan LEAF elicit different driving dynamics and last but not least: MotoMan tries out three use cases of the new ePedal in the 2018 Nissan LEAF . . .

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33 Replies to “2018 Nissan LEAF EV FIRST DRIVE REVIEW (2 of 3)”

  1. Will Lehrfeld

    Really enjoyable video, thank you. I am hoping to pickup a used leaf for my foray into the electric car world. These videos and ones like it are an immense help. Please keep doing what you're doing.

  2. sorphin

    I'm on my 3rd Leaf now.. (All Leased.. 2013, 2015 now 2018..) I'd do it all again, and I'd do it without the incentive.. Still cheaper than other cars I've had over the years, because factor in, -0- maintenance (no oil changes,) and no gas (and I pay far less for the electricity to charge than the same range for gas)).

  3. martin sørensen

    in denmark we have a low tax on ev´s. and that make the leaf real cheap.
    the economy is the big. issue. but positively. take a comperbel gasoline car or hybrid. its cost almoste the same, in denmark. but the maintenance cost is way higher. and the cost for gasoline is there and whih a ev its not. we have a drive for free flat. prize system. from more than one, provider of charting and its for charing home and away flat rate prize.

    For only. 75$ a month you have free electrons, for the ev. ( here the lot of danish windmills. come in that's why they can do it. the back to grid, will be standard. on the home. chager and there the company can make a big profit. bying power at night and selling power at the day time. and only taking a few percent from the batteries) denmark is now app 60% wind power for the, total commission, and we need more evs on the road.

    the nissan leaf is cheaper to drive than a standard, comperbel other car.

  4. William Carn

    Wonderful review and good coverage of some of the technical aspects of the new Leaf. I drive a 2015 Leaf. I would say, even without the incentives, we would have an electric vehicle. Between gas savings (thousands) and lack of maintenance, an electric vehicle makes sense finally. Plus, it really is a fun and elegant way to get around. Even the Leaf feels like a much smoother, luxurious drive than the just a little hatchback.

  5. Jeff Andrews

    I really liked your multipart reviews on 2018 Leaf. Are you planning to do a review on Chevy Bolt? I found your eons video on it’s release, but would really appreciate a more in depth review like the one you did on Leaf. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  6. dennis

    The U.S. government had a 2017 budget for energy of over 32 Billion dollars. A portion of this was in the R&D department. Rather than investing in more R&D, the government could offer rebates to EV owners creating an real incentive to buy. This also rewards the manufacturers of innovative technology more sales and profits while significantly reducing pollutants to the environment.

    Let's face it. Private enterprise is much, much better at R&D than the government. Space X is just one example. The government should get out of the business of R&D and reward those with proven results.

    I would buy an EV car if there was a government rebate (not a tax credit). I think a lot of people would, too. If such were the case, there would be a massive reduction in pollution in very short order. Better to harvest the technology of what we have and reap the current benefits than to ignore them and chase more fruitless government R&D.

  7. James Wilkins

    We are a one car and about four bicycle family and you bet your ass, the absence of a tax credit will not keep us from going electric for the next one. Thing is, I don't think there has been a level playing field concerning ICE vs electric here for a very long time. I hope the tax credits do survive in some form. Not opposed to reasonable state road maintenance fees levied to electric vehicle owners either.


    Thank you for this videos , they are fantastic and very professional! The big problem of the EVs is that you want to buy , you pay money and then you have to wait more than 6 months to have the car in your hands.

  9. Dave Bell

    Greetings from UK, we have a £4500 rebate off the price at dealerships, without that I would have likely not bought one until the value proposition was improved. It should be possible to manufacture an EV for less than a fossil car due to the simplified drive train. This will come with reducing battery costs and volume production, I guess 5-7 years from now. But with the upcoming multiple manufacturers competing heavily, and energy prices falling from green production, this will happen.

  10. Ben Haynes

    I really enjoyed your review MotoMan, very informative.
    I have only two quibbles, one is that occasionally you speak a little too quick for this Aussie and the other is that a clearer explanation of what happens with regeneration (e-pedal) when the battery is full is required. (or at least one that makes sense to me)
    I will be following your other content on the strength of this review.
    Keep up the high standard!

  11. Uncut Fishing

    I'm not American, but it depends on how much you drive, imho (unless you have a lot of money and can buy whatever you want – then EV is a nobrainer, imho). If I drove, say, 50 000 km per year in a car like, say, Impreza, that costs, say, 20 000 Eur, in two years my car+petrol expenses would reach something like 31 000. In 6, considering petrol price rise, they'd be at something like 55 000. And the car would be half-dead to boot. New EV would cost, say, 30 000. In six years I'd spend, correct me if I'm wrong, no more than 2000 Euros on electricity, so total cost would be 32 000, and the car, if we are to trust experts, would be doing quite allright, making it a *much cheaper option than an Impreza*. Difference decreases, however, if one drives little.
    Electric cars make sense, but innitial investment scares people (like myself) off. Not to mention, the lobby against them is still extremely strong and majority of people strongly believe they're complete crap that will run out of power, even if every power outlet in the world is a bloody filling station 🙁

  12. Claire Binder

    From Switzerland ordered a leaf 2zero yesterday. With a 10km city commute it was an easy decision even without incentives. The "only incentive" is 3 years road tax waiver or about 400$ year in year 4 it goes to 50% discount

  13. Weleshboat Ian

    "Leaf-to-Home" Going to piloted in the UK. Earn up to £6,000 pa. by allowing energy supplier to take energy from your leaf at peak times, eg 18.30 UK time to use on the grid system. and recharging your Leaf at night when demand is low.
    This may be expanded to those home with a 'power-pack' on the side of their homes and have solar panels. Therefore reducing the need for more "powerstations" here in Great Britian.

  14. Shane Magill

    I live in Ohio. I drive a used Ford Focus E.V. and my wife drives a leased i3. We would still do the E.V. but we would not have been able to afford the i3. Instead my wife would be driving another used E.V.

  15. Antenox

    7:10 Hey, MotoMan, just so you know, "regenerative braking" always uses the electric motor to slow the car down, not the brakes. Every EV or hybrid from the first Prius all the way to the future Tesla Roadster uses the electric motor for regenerative braking, because an electric motor is exactly the same as an electric generator.

    Great review as always! I just thought I'd point that out because I've seen others make the mistake of thinking that the calipers have anything to do with regenerative braking.

  16. Aurora Jones

    SW USA previous owner of a Focus EV and loved it. Love EV but love ICE as well. Im not a hippy but believe you should take care of your space. That said the EV credits were meant to spur the growth of the segment. And while owning less than 1% of the market is not "there" they are great cars now no doubt and I dont think we need the credits. We dont need tax cuts for the rich but hey whats a couple thousand dollars to a few billion right?

  17. Ron Black

    Good question, Motoman!  A question I have been asking myself.  Do I jump in before I'm ready and buy or lease one of these before the incentive goes away?   I live in Central Oregon.  Lots of uninhabited space between major population centers.  Currently I have a 13 Leaf that is our in town car.  I would have to say that if the incentive is going away at this time and I wanted to take advantage of it I would buy ether a Volt or a Bolt.  As much as I like the new Leaf, 150 miles doesn't cut it if I am going to replace my ICE car and go all electric.

  18. Benedikt HRO

    Oooops! "Bis später"? Your German seems to be good.
    Greeting from Germany where there is a 4k€ rebate on EVs (2k from a state fund and 2k price off the list price by the dealer). This very low rebate does not be a lot in decision making. So yes, canceling this would not make any effect on my decision making.
    In my eyes the new Leaf could be one of the first generation of EVs that really do not need a rebate any more. For many use cases they are just the better car. And if you factor in total cost of ownership, they are often the cheaper ones as well.

  19. J Wu

    thankfully it's still here, the tax credit, but without it, probably not. I would just go with a regular hatch. we currently have a fiat 500e, but on that crazy good lease deal – which wouldn't have been avail if there wasn't that tax credit so…

  20. CMCNestT

    From CA. Without incentives the only plug-in vehicle worth the full asking price is a Tesla. If I couldn't afford a base Model 3 because there was no longer a $7.5k Federal Credit plus $2.5k CA Rebate I would get a CPO 2017 Mazda 6 GT for ~$25k.

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