When James told me he was considering leasing an electric vehicle, I was skeptical at first. But then he told me all the reasons we should get one, including how much money we would save, it seemed too good to be true. So a couple of weeks later when he tells me he’s going to get a new car, I simply said, “Okay” (this decision also took in the consideration that James’ 2001 Nissan Maxima was falling apart). A few hours later, we had a shiny new Leaf!
- I get to cruise in the HOV lane and Express Lanes for free and whiz past the rest of you suckers stuck in rush hour traffic on I85. (Just make sure you have an AFV tag.)
- I haven’t gone to a gas station in months.
- Zero emission. Yay planet Earth.
- No more oil changes.
- At a light, I catch gas guzzling SUVs off guard with my quick acceleration and stealth.
- We got a $5000 tax credit on last year’s taxes.
- I can plug it into a regular outlet to charge. It takes forever, but it works!
- And if I do happen to run out of juice, Nissan will give me unlimited free tows for up to three years.
- It’s so quiet that in the beginning I was unsure if it was even on.
- It powers up in 5 seconds and I’m off in 10. No need to warm the engine up.
- The battery recharges when I brake.
- It’s good company during a snowpocalypse.
- It’s a great conversation starter. I can’t even count how many people have asked us for our input on the Leaf. James even convinced the Saddingtons to get one. Although this reminds me that we never saw a check from any of the people we referred to Nalley Nissan …
- Overall, lots of monies saved.
- It’s ugly. I always forget how ugly it is until I see another Leaf drive by.
- The low speed braking suckkkkkkks. It’s almost comical.
- I often forget to charge the car overnight because my brain shuts off at 8pm.
- The front seats don’t have any pockets in the back so all my kids’ artwork ends up on the floor along with the cheese puffs.
- It’s rather uncomfortable for James to drive if we have our infant daughter’s car seat in the back.
- Heater is useless. But it has seat and steering wheel warmers!
- A full charge will only get you about 90 miles, although it’s much less with highway usage.
- It beeps when I reverse. It feels like it’s announcing to the world “WATCH OUT. ASIAN FEMALE DRIVING.”
Despite some of its shortcomings, James and I are very pleased with our decision to lease the Leaf. Eight months down, 16 more to go!