Zero emissions, always Distinctive, futuristic design Quiet, smooth travel Five seats (unlike the Volt) Very low running cost per mile The Nissan Leaf five-door hatchback is easy to drive, keeps up with traffic, carries four people comfortably and five when needed, and comes with all the usual features and accessories found on any other compact car. To the driver, the Nissan Leaf functions perfectly well, but many of the controls feel slightly remote, since virtually everything is electrically actuated. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is a bit less than 10 seconds, though because there's no transmission to shift and the Leaf's electric drive is exceptionally quiet, it's hard to gauge how slow or fast the acceleration is. Top speed of the 3,200-pound car is capped at 90 mph.
Recharging the battery is usually done by plugging it into a 240-volt Level 2 charging station or a level 3 charge station that only takes 30 minutes to get 80% charge. You can also use standard 110-volt wall current to recharge a Leaf, via a charging cord stored in the load bay, but that can take up to 20 hours for a fully depleted battery. (Some hotels and houses have level 1) Get about 40-60 miles per charge. Can charge all around San Diego ask where the charge stations are .
Pickup took a little longer than hoped, as James arrived 10 minutes later than planned and then had trouble finding the cell phone lot where we finalized the rental. Vehicle drop off was very smooth and car itself was great. I didn't anticipate that the car would need charging so often - it was about 70% charged at pickup. We only drove 35 miles and it was pretty low at drop off. For such a short trip, we only rented for a day and a half, I should have rented a non eclectic car so I didn't have to worry about finding a charging station.