Free fuel. No refuelling. This Nissan Leaf SL has a new battery pack for extended range around Las Vegas. Very easy to drive because there is no transmission. Just put it in drive and go. Much quicker off the line than conventional gas powered cars. Most casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have charging stations in the valet parking area. Just plug it in each night and have a full charge by morning. Everything works including AC. Once you drive electric you may not want to drive a gas car again.
If you have not owned or driven an electric vehicle before, there are some interesting dynamics you should be aware of. To get the full driving range each day, the Leaf needs to be plugged in the night before. If there is no level 2 charger at the hotel or place of stay, then there is a level 1 charging cable on the floor behind the driver's seat. With the level one charger you can plug it in to any normal 115VAC outlet. It takes about 10-12 hours to charge from empty to about 90% full charge.
If you are staying in one of the resorts on the Las Vegas strip, most have charging stations in the valet parking area. Some strip casinos now charge for valet parking, while others are free except for tips to the attendant. Just google "las vegas strip parking garage" for the details.
A renter recently found that there is a quick charger in the Venetian parking garage on the 6th floor. With the quick charger you can charge the Leaf to 80% in about 20 minutes. Self parking at Venetian is free.
In addition, for our personal use of the Leaf, we have it's charging timer set to turn on at 10pm and turn off at 6am the next morning. This gets us the best kilo-watt hour rate from the power company. However, this timer can be over-ridden with a button on the dash.
If the battery runs low while you are out on the town, the navigation console can find the nearest charging station and direct you to it. A -chargepoint+ card is attached to the key fob. Once you find a charging station, just touch the card's bar code to the card reader on the charging station to unlock the charging nozzle. You'll also want to disable the charging timer in the Leaf to begin charging immediately. That button is located on the instrument panel behind the left side of the steering wheel. That button has a icon of a clock with a diagonal line drawn through it. The charging hood release button is just below that next to the normal front hood release button.
As long as the battery pack has ample charging capacity, the driving experience is much better than a conventional gas powered car because the drive train is much simpler. It's just power directly to the motor. There is no transmission or motor cooling system to slow things down. Your questions are welcome. Thanks.
1. Can I get to the Grand Canyon with no problems charging? No, the car has about 80 miles range on city streets. Grand Canyon South entrance is more than 200 miles away. The closest city where you may be able to charge at level 2 rate would be Kingman, Arizona, about 100 miles from Las Vegas. Once you leave town there is only desert land between here and there.
Notes on Las Vegas McCarran Airport:
1. The Uber and Lyft ride sharing wave has arrived to Las Vegas. Currently, there are more than 44,000 drivers here. As such, the McCarran Airport has decided to capitalize on the wave. They have collected several million dollars in parking fairs and curb fines since they started allowing ride sharing at the airport. Specifically, they have extra security staff at the Arrivals Pick Up Curb that will issue a ticket to anyone who drives up and looks like they are doing any kind of ride sharing operation. Therefore, we will meet you near the arrivals parking garage elevator. We'll SMS (text message) our exact parking location as you leave the baggage claim area and approach the ground transportation arrivals pick up areas outside. For those with lots of luggage and/or family, loading the car in a designated parking spot rather than curb side will allow ample time to load rather than rush, rush, rush with a security guard looking over your shoulders.
2. The airport parking charge is $2.00 for the first hour. If we can get the car loaded and leave within 15 minutes, there is no charge for parking.
3. In most cases, the driver who delivers the car will allow you to load, then the driver will exit the airport premises as quickly as possible. Then stop at a location just outside of the airport to check your ID, take photos of the vehicle, then hand you the keys. However, when there are too many passengers and/or luggage for the delivery person to fit in, the car will be released in the airport parking lot.
4. McCarran Airport currently has two active terminals: T-1 and T-3. Most domestic flights arrive at T-1. Most International flights arrive at T-3. There are also some domestic airlines arriving at T-3. If you would be so kind as to let us know when you reserve the car, which airline you will be arriving on, then we'll be prepared to pick you up at the right location.