31 Aug '11, 10am

Closer look at living with a LEAF: Week in the life of a Nissan LEAF

Closer look at living with a LEAF: Week in the life of a Nissan LEAF

The return leg was spent trying not to go above 55mph on the motorway and hoping that the battery wouldn’t drop into the red zone. Thankfully neither happened and we made it back home with two bars and 15 miles of projected range remaining. Our faith in the LEAF had been shaken. There are a few issues about the journey however which help to explain the problems we faced. Firstly, we almost got to our destination and it is likely (in hindsight) that we would have made it there and back with the amount of charge we had left, we just suffered with anxiety and turned back – but it was a close call and something we felt we could not risk. Secondly, the car didn’t have a full charge when we set off, textbook error and one which almost proved costly. Thirdly, I believe living with a LEAF over a longer period would enable the driver to take the projected range display with a pinch...

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