Richard Curtis drives a Nissan LEAF 2018 electric car.
This is Richard’s first electric car, he’s owned the LEAF under 1 year and drives under 5,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 20,000-30,000 miles and he achieves 150 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose this electric car?
I had done some research, including watching YouTube video reviews. Two previous ICE cars were bought from the local Nissan dealer and out-of-the-blue Nissan offered a 24hr test in a 2021 Tekna model. Following this test we bought our current car from the local dealer.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Easy to drive
- easy to manoeuvre (parking aids)
- easy to clean (diamond finish)
- very comfortable.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- Co-driver’s range anxiety
- remaining range slightly exaggerated.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
No but a feature of the auto headlights confused us until explained by the dealer.
What are the standout tech features of your Nissan LEAF?
- Intelligent cruise control
- warning when closing too fast on vehicle in front
- level of detail on sat nav
- customisable infotainment display
- heated front and rear seats
- heated steering wheel
- data available in app.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.
- It has a transmission tunnel!
- rear passengers sit higher
- has 2 odometers
- has a self-park mode.
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
LEAF e+ has a bigger battery but not seen a second-hand one. The Nissan ARIYA is nice to sit in too.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
I don’t have a chargepoint at home yet. A 13A to CHAdeMO adapter lead was supplied and we use that.
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
British Gas standard tariff but no cheap rates. Looking to change soon.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Any provider that installs multiple devices at locations I visit but insufficient use to recommend.
List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
RAC – changing from an ICE involved no increase in premium.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running a Nissan LEAF compared to a petrol/diesel car.