Nissan LEAF 2018 electric car owner review

Nissan LEAF 2018 electric car owner review

Gary drives a Nissan LEAF Tekna 40kWh 2018 electric car.

This is Gary’s first electric car, he’s owned the LEAF for 1-2 years and drives between 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 20,000-30,000 miles and he achieves 130 miles range from a full charge.


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Why did you choose the Nissan LEAF?

I come from a hybrid and loved that but I’d gone for the hybrid as I didn’t think I could charge a fully electric car as I live on the 6th floor. I did some research into charging stations and there are a few around me, both rapid & fast and most of the fast chargers are free.


Since the swap to fully electric I’ve done around 5,000 miles and spent approximately £50 on charging. I’m lucky I have the time to charge away from home. Ideally, I’d like to be able to charge at home even though it will cost me.


Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.

  • Price of fuel
  • Technology
  • Free road tax.


Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.

  • Charging time
  • Battery size
  • Range.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

Nothing has gone wrong with the car because it’s electric.


What are the standout tech features of your Nissan LEAF?

ProPILOT is brilliant on the motorway. The car keeps itself at the set speed and a safe distance from the car in front doing all the speeding up and slowing down. This is not self driving you still have to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.


Nissan LEAF 2018 electric car owner review


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this Nissan LEAF.

e-Pedal – you may have heard of it but you’ll be amazed at how fast you get used to it. e-Pedal is Nissan’s one pedal driving system. You just use the accelerator pedal to drive. To move you use it as you would in any other car, here’s the clever bit as you lift your foot the car starts to slow down until you come to a complete stop. You’ll soon find you almost never need to use the brake pedal. All the while you are feeding energy back in to the battery


What electric car are you interested in next and why?

I’m moving on to a Tesla Model 3 in a few days. I want more range and I just like them.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Don’t have home charger.


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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?



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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?

Pod Point brilliant, bp pulse terrible (90% of the time involved a phone call to get the charger to work).


List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).

Pod Point.


Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?

Don’t recommend any, best to do your own research.


Rate your insurance provider out of 5.


Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.



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