As you probably already know, electric cars are taking over the American car market. Their reliability, fuel economy, and zero – that’s right, zero – carbon emissions are perks that anyone loves. The Nissan Leaf is just one of these cars, and in September 2015, became the best-selling electric car of all time. Here’s a few reasons why drivers are jumping at the opportunity to buy this economical powerhouse.
Using state-of-the-art electric technology, the Leaf uses no gas at all, one-upping its hybrid competitors. The car powers its drivetrain through a lithium-ion battery, which on a single charge carries you up to 84 miles. According to Nissan, the average American driver only goes about 33 miles per day, making the 84 mile range more than ample. Overall, the Leaf gets the equivalent of 126 mpg highway and 101 mpg city, making it perhaps the most economical mass-produced car in the world.
Because the motor is powered by the battery, it reduces the need for routine maintenance you’d see in gas-powered vehicles. This means no oil changes and less wear and tear on the vehicle in general. Essentially, this is money in your pocket every 3,000 miles. The only required maintenance on the vehicle is a tire rotation every six months, which is typically covered under the provisions of a purchase or lease.
It’s hard to measure a Nissan Leaf’s motor against gas-powered engines, as it doesn’t have cylinders or a certain amount of displacement. However, what it does have is 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. Although that might seem a bit low, understand that unlike a gas-powered engine, the electric motor releases all of its torque at once. This results in a zero to 60 time of just over 10 seconds. That may not seem like much to a speed freak, but come on, when was the last time you saw someone drag racing a Leaf? Its ample power for a practical car.
The Leaf comes in three trim levels to suit your needs: the S, SV, and SL. Starting at just under $30,000, the S is the base model that gets you around town, but with a little less luxury than the others. It still boasts quite a few standard features including heated front and rear seats and a rearview monitor. Stepping up to the SV gets you some more cool features such as 16-inch alloy wheels and a navigation system. Finally, the top-of-the-line SL gives you everything you could want and more, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, a quick charge port, automatic LED headlights, fog lights, and leather-appointed seats.
While the Leaf isn’t for everyone, it’s definitely a step in the right direction to preserving the world as we know it. Whether you want to become a part of the solution is entirely up to you, but if you do choose to go electric, make sure the Leaf is your first choice.