My new electric car looks like an elephant when I plug the “trunk” in to one of the San Diego’s many charging stations!
Here’s my new some more shots of my all electric Nissan Leaf!
It took quite a lot to get it so here’s the story: I had been searching for a car for several months since I was sharing one with my girlfriend who faithfully took me to work everyday and complained that it felt like she had to go to work too.
I knew I didn’t want an infernal combustion engine this time, with all the pollution it creates, oil making America more vulnerable to terrorist threats, not to mention that gas prices may be going through the roof again, even with all the destructive fracking that was supposed to keep them low.
I first rented a Nissan Leaf from Relay Rides just to try it before buying. It was owned by a local military guy who has a few electric cars.
I was in for a shock. The range of the car, which is roughly 84 miles, kept going down even though I hardly drove anywhere. I just didn’t understand why this happened. I felt that there was something wrong with the car and asked for half of my money back after driving it for a week. Luckily, my refund was granted. But it put a sour taste in my mouth for the Leaf. Later, I figured out what he was doing. His battery wouldn’t be replaced according to the warranty for a certain number of miles so he rented the car out to people till it reached the warranted amount. Then he could get a new battery without suffering.
While all of his renters drove in panic,fearing they’ll run out of juice on the freeway. But I was still intrigued by LEAFs. The ride is so smooth and quiet it feels like you’re driving a rocket! You can also legally drive in the carpool lane alone. They’re called HOV lanes these days. So despite what I thought about it, I kept looking for a better one of my own. I checked all the dealers. I test drove several LEAFS and most of them did just a little better on range than the rental. This gave me hope, and I knew that since my commute was short, it might be OKay. Then I just had to find one I could afford with the features I wanted. My credit was shaky from ghost debt so getting approved was tough. Luckily, my girlfriend helped me qualify. But I had to go to several dealers to find a LEAF that had a backup camera and navigation system. My coworker encouraged me to look at a dealer who might be out of town and that’s how I found the best one with all the features I wanted. However, my interest rate is terrible since only one company would finance me, so even though I charge up for practically nothing, I’m looking forward to refinancing. The car is an experiment for me and I’m sure the range will get better, be solar-powered, and self driving in the future, I like being a silent driving pioneer in my $17,000 poor man’s Tesla.