Nissan Leaf | Fully Charged

A first drive in the soon to be released Nissan Leaf.
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40 Replies to “Nissan Leaf | Fully Charged”

  1. Wally Lindberg

    Buy mid 2016 these cars should be very affordable about $7,500 usd for a 2012 modelΒ (my price range). But how long will that big battery last, and the replacement cost is probably extremely expensive. Thank you to fullychargedshow very good info!

  2. Veganic β™Ύ

    I read that Nissan Leafs come with wireless connectivity to Nissan's network called CARWINGS. Is this optional or at least can it be switched off? I really don't need this functionality and I'd rather not have to pay for something that I don't want. I want an electric car but not one that spies on me. It's bad enough with mobile phones.

  3. Riki .M

    my dailly routine is about 70 km, most of it is using the highway, probably 60 km, if you have the a/c off and drive around 100 to 110 km/h, would be possible to travel with this car and have some battery charge left?

  4. _B -Lowe_

    Look up the website for the Leaf. It's confusing but the leases are optioned between 12 and 36 months. The Β£70/month is for 36 months with 7500 miles per annum. If the driver wants, they can extend the lease to 72 months. The maximum distance limit can be 15,000 miles per annum. The most expensive lease of the battery is a 12 month lease of 15,000 miles for Β£129/month.

  5. CoolGuyRuss

    Every time I look at an electric car it disappoints – They told me I could buy one for 15,000 pounds now. Yes but then there is the rental of the battery at 100 pounds per month for ever – yes for ever – if we are serious about electric vehicles this has to improve

  6. _B -Lowe_

    I always wondered, how on earth does the Leaf cost that much, especially the Holden Volt for $60 grand? It's obvious to me that there's a high import and sales tax in Australia, correct me if I'm wrong. And I'm not aware of government subsidies there. Australia seems to be just as unaware of and hostile to EVs as much as Canada or North Korea. EV subsidies are at least something I'd expect Julia Gillard would be interested in.

  7. _B -Lowe_

    Just a top tip. If you're going to quote Top Gear or urban myths, you don't really have an argument to stand on. Before criticizing about electric cars, especially on YouTube, you better have some basic knowledge about them since the world doesn't work the way you think it does.

  8. _B -Lowe_

    You could not be further from the truth. I'm guessing you're talking about the inevitable "battery replacement". The battery is warrantied for 8 years. If it's not, especially after a prolonged use (15 years), a battery will have 80% of its original charge and in a Leaf there are 48 modules with 4 cells in each. According to Nissan, to fix that it can inspect the individual modules and replace the less performing ones which costs between $3-400, which will be significantly cheaper in 15 years.

  9. Nurses Rock

    What? The Car or the solar panels??? πŸ™‚ I have a huge solar system 12kw, cost about $20 grand…. πŸ™‚ You can pick up a Nissan Leaf here in Australia for about $45 000….. Not a cheap investment, but not paying for car servicing, petrol or electricity or heating, my house is passive solar, you really can save heaps… πŸ™‚

  10. babybirdhome

    No problem. Among all the potential problems that you could have with an electric car, I think that one would be near the bottom of the list of things to worry about. Electric cars use the same kinds of computers as every other car, and the electric motors are similar to starter motors in normal cars, and the power inverters are similar to the ignition components of normal cars. You'd be at no more and no less risk with an EV than a gasoline powered car. πŸ™‚

  11. babybirdhome

    It's no different than any other car with regard to an EMP. In fact, the electric drive components would be more likely to survive an EMP than the computers that control them would, because they're designed to handle much higher voltages and currents. Computers on the other hand, fzzzt! Gone.

  12. car man

    thats why im a early diesel man only 70s stuff fantastic ! they made sure they have scaped that stuff though !, i can run just about any thing in mine waste motor oil to veg, ill be off to the mountains to make a ranch with some animals and ill watch the rest of them kill themselvs along with hyvbrids they can,t use while they get carted of to a femma camp

  13. car man

    yeap it happens from sun flares aswell blows out satalites etc, just imagine when everything can be turned on and off via someone elses control ! they have you by the balls

  14. m1aws

    Idiot! There you go again. So you know of any other 55yr olds brought up on GM milk? And no, I only eat real food. My woman is from the CIS countries and an ex-gymnast so very old fashioned, healthy eating and avoids processed garbage, cows milk, you name it.
    It's you who has issues. Not me. I can afford to avoid the cack.

  15. car man

    i have no parants unlike the milk you have had, you know the gmo shit that we eat the terminator crop it doesn,t even produce seeds ? you think you can fuck with everything to make life better LOOK WHERE ITS AT NOW , Stop playing god your destroy the planet

  16. m1aws

    Everyone dies from death. I guess your parents only had sex so you can die.
    Stop trolling. You constantly make statements with no basis in fact.
    There is nothing wrong with C02. It's plant food. In Earths deep past it was higher than 7,000ppm. It's now 390ppm atm.
    p.s., Typo's are ok but learn to spell ffs!

  17. car man

    wait we already do that thats why everyones dieing a painfull death & your so consered about c02 & wood fires your loon just like the rest of your cyclones

  18. car man

    they don,t sell leaded fuel any more ! hardend valve seats work fine, your just a new age muppet into new age jumbo destroying humanity & the planet with your bright ideas,perhaps we can feed man chemicles instead of food to stop farting co2

  19. m1aws

    Steel is more energy intensive to recycle than plastics. The Leafs fabrics are advertised as made from recycled pop bottles like most of the plastics in cars these days. Everything in a modern car is made to be recycled to ease the remake costs.

  20. m1aws

    Actually, yes. Badly burnt wood shortens lives, a lot! There is an active charity to educate people on making better ovens to cook with that also saves on the amount of wood required too. A Morris Minor requires leaded petrol and runs a compression which gives of NOX, while burning the fuel badly. In turn explains a lot about you.

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