How will driving the Nissan Leaf change your life?

February 20, 2017 11:49 am | chatswoodnissan.com.au

Have you ever driven an electric car? If not, you're missing out. The driving experience is totally different – for one thing, the block isn't a combustion engine, so there's no fuel, no carbon emissions and no exhaust! That means driving around is almost silent, and the only things people around you can hear are the tyres on the road.

Inside the Nissan Leaf, if you turn off the radio, you'll be able to hear the whirr of the intelligent electric motor. Put your foot down, and the engine will wind up to speed very quickly. Acceleration in electric cars is like nothing you've experienced before! While the Nissan Leaf isn't designed to be a supercar, it's still very quick. It's a brilliant drive, and a great first step into the world of electric cars.

How do you drive an electric car for long periods of time?

Many people are apprehensive about buying an electric car because they think it's really common that you run out of charge on the road and then you're stranded! However, all around Australia, there are fast-charging stations so you can get from A to B just as efficiently as if you were driving a fuel-powered car.

Some charging stations take only 30 minutes to get the battery to 80 per cent, and once you arrive at your destination, you can slow-charge overnight to full power. So, if your Nissan Leaf alerts you to the battery getting low, you can find the nearest station and take a half hour break. No sweat!

How do the interior accessories work?

You might be thinking "lots of the interior accessories are battery powered, right?" Correct, but they aren't necessarily powered by the main lithium-ion battery. Instead, a solar panel on the rear of the car converts solar energy into power through a 12-volt battery, and that supplies charge to most of the interior accessories, including the radio, lights and audio system.

The Nissan Leaf is an incredibly smart car, with the ability to change the internal temperature, check your charge level and even check how long you'll be able to drive for, all from a smartphone app! On a hot day, switch on the air-con a few minutes before you get to your car and you'll be comfortable as soon as you step inside.

Electric cars are the way of the future. It's where motoring is heading, and it's far better for the environment than driving around in cars powered by combustion engines. If you're ready to make the switch to one of the most innovative cars in history, head into the Sydney North Shore Automotive Nissan dealership in Sydney. Take a Nissan Leaf for a test drive, and be transported into the future of automobiles.