Green Divas on the Road: 8 Things to love about the Nissan Leaf

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GD Meg and Gracie with the Nissan LeafGracie and I (and GD Mizar and hubby Wayne) finally got to play in the Nissan Leaf.

Watch this fun video of the Green Divas playing with the Nissan Leaf . . . 

I’ve been test driving a lot of plugin hybrids and EVs lately and I have to say I don’t miss gas stations one bit!

As a matter of fact, it is almost exactly a year since super storm Sandy totaled two of my cars. Well, the tree Sandy knocked down did the damage, but the fact is, my husband and I decided to share a car for a year, and as it turns out, I’ve been doing week-long (sometimes more) drives to test and write about some great cars and most of them have been plugin hybrids and these last two have been ALL electric.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect it to have as many of the cool bells and whistles I’ve become accustomed to . . . like seat heaters for those cold winter months (such a Green Diva, right?).

8 things to love about the Nissan Leaf

1. It is a full production model, meaning it is available ALL over the U.S., not just in California!

2. Neat pack that holds the charging cable.
nissan leaf charger cable pack

 

3. Seat heaters and other fun features/upgrades – Thank you solar panel!
Nissan Leaf Solar Panel

4. Front dual charging.
Nissan Leaf charging

5. Reasonably priced starting @ $21,300 (after $7500 Federal rebate – they have a great interactive page that helps you find out what incentives for EV buyers might be available in your State)

6. Never going to the gas station!

7. Very cool back-up camera – shows car on ALL sides (was a little creepy at first – thought it was an NSA image from above, but it is not. phew).
Nissan Leaf backup cameras
8. Your dog will love it ;)

GD Gracie in Nissan Leaf

About the author / 

Megan McWilliams (Green Diva Meg)
megan@thegreendivas.com'

(aka Megan McWilliams) is a green living expert and media personality as the producer and host of the Green Divas Radio Show. She has been sharing low-stress ways of living a deeper shade of green for over 20 years. She also produces podcasts and videos for the Green Divas and other clients through the Green Diva Studio.

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4 Comments

  1. megan@thegreendivas.com'
    Green Diva Meg November 1, 2013 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    @James P. – it really depends on your driving habits. I do very well with an all EV with the range of the Leaf because the GD studio is in my home and my husband has a Lexus Hybrid vehicle, so for those times I need to travel out of range, we have a car for that. do you have another car in the household? i like the leaf and prefer the all EV as well.

  2. sean.hecking@gmail.com'
    Sean November 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Very well designed car. Owner of a 2013 Leaf. Best car I’ve ever owned. I make very few trips outside the Leaf’s 75-120 mile range so it’s perfect for anyone with a 35 mile or less commute. I would add #9: no noisy engine to drown out radio #10: smoothest ride ever. #11: No oil changes!

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