The perfect car to get you around town or to the beach or the mountans
Travels 80 to 100 miles on a single charge
Can be charged on level 1 level 2 and fast chargers
Level 1 = 110 volt - will provide a full charge in 16 hours
Level 2 = 220 volt - will provide a full charge in 8 hours
Fast charger = 480 volt - will provide a full charge in 30 mimutes or less
charging stations can be found at www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations
Has all the things a regular car has its just that they are all electric.
2012 Nissan Leaf2013 Nissan LEAF ELECTRIC **24 / 7154.519
Do not take this electric car outside of the city limits, especially if you are using the freeway or any electrical gadgets (headlights, windshield wipers, defrost, heat). I attempted to go to Multnomah Falls with a friend and the car died (after 70 miles) within 2 miles of the Troutdale Wal-Mart's fast charging station. When I booked, I told Joe that the car was for a hike in the Gorge, and he let me rent it without any clear warning that it was both dangerous and impossible to do. Yes, the car can be rented for 300 miles a day-- but that literally impossible. The at-home charger takes 22 hours to fully charge and there are only a few fast chargers in Portland, and they are equivalent to gas prices, especially when taking into account the limited mileage.
Also, the car smelt strongly of wet dog. Only rent if you need to drive to Starbucks and back.
Joe gives outstanding service!
Finding the car was a breeze, he answered all my questions in a very timely manner. Car was well organized and equipped with gps,phone charging port, and even emergency first aid kit. Only ran into one problem on my trip which had to do with a faulty charging station I stopped at that put me behind schedule. He was very understanding and didn't charge me extra when I dropped the car off a little late.. Overall I highly recommend renting from Joe he's got a great selection of cars to choose from!
I usually do not have a range problem and I like the Leaf, but I did find the range on this one limited for the trip I took (~70 miles and needed defrost) and it would have helped a lot to have a household charger (Level 1). Learned a lot on this for things to keep in mind for EV travel. Thanks though!
We really enjoy working with Joe and have always rented his Volt electric/gas hybrid. The Leaf was a totally diff animal and we would not rent it again. If you are new to electric vehicles, which we were, and no one explains to you that even using the heater or, the defroster (to be vision-safe during cold, wet weather) will dramatically deplete your available miles, you will be, at best, delayed -- at worst, stranded. We were by 2.5hrs into the reservation.
Again, Joe is great but, that was, in our minds, critical info to know, going in. We didn't have it and ended up needing Turo to tow the car back to Joe, because it also wasn't holding a charge. Our vote remains with Joe's Volt! Old fashioned petrol. :)
November 18, 2015
This is a thinking man's car. If you're just trying to impress people with your earth conscious image, rent a prius. If you're capable of figuring out where charging stations are, make route plans, and work within the range limits of this car, it is truly the cat's meow!
What a beautiful piece of technology this thing is! It was spotlessly clean in and out (with the most noticeable ding in the rear passenger door - took lots of pictures in and out with a film camera at pick up), and it was fully charged. I picked it up circa Joe's address. I rented the car for a week because I was considering buying a lease return Leaf to commute in. I live in a very rural area, and my commute is 45 miles each way in hilly country. I ran the AC at full cool, ran the speed limit each way and the car did outstanding packing my 265 pound butt and my carpool partner (who's no tiny cupcake either). I bought a Juicebox 40 amp 240 volt level 2 charger that I plugged into the welder feed in my shop at home, and I plugged into a 120 volt outlet at work using the level 1 charger Joe has in the back of the car. My place is about 1600 feet above sea level and work is about 200 feet above sea level. Going to work, the battery was about half full when I got there - I plugged the level 1 charger in, worked my 10 hour shift, and the car would be 1 bar shy of fully charged. Coming home, when I got to my driveway, it would be down to about 1/4 charge, but that level 2 charger would have it clear full by morning,
I figure that if the Leaf's 24 kilowatt battery was clear empty, it costs me just under 2 bucks to fill up because our power is 8.333 cents per kilowatt hour (.08333 X 24 = 1.99992). I gave my friend that lives by where I work $3 per day to plug in, so I figure it cost me $5 per day to drive a Leaf to work. At $3/gallon for gas, my SUV costs $17.50 per day.
I think I'm gonna buy me a Leaf!
Thanks Joe for making your car available. I'd be afraid to buy one without being able to try one out first. You've given me an opportunity to test out a piece of equipment that's going to save me a pile of money! And I gotta say, that was a comfortable, clean, luxuriously quiet and pleasant ride. It has a shocking ( pardon the pun) amount of acceleration, and the AC was so powerful I was getting cold in there on a 106 degree day! I really can't say enough good things about this carM
Although I never met Joe, he communicated to me everything I needed to know about renting his Nissan Leaf. The car was a joy to drive, and in fact, I am now considering purchasing a Nissan Leaf. It can go 100 miles on only $2.00 of electricity, and there are places to charge it for free!
The car was cool at first, but I would not rent it again. 1. I had to pay $3 to get it out of the short term parking garage. I rent out my own cars on this site and would never expect a renter of mine to pay without telling them! (Later read others paid up to $12) 2. There was a renter returning the car right before my trip, so the car DIDN'T have a full charge as expected!! It had 47 miles. This was a HUGE inconvenience! Instead of enjoying the sun we spent an hour finding a charging station (which costs money)/ a power outlet by where we were staying. 3. Charges slow! Charged for 6 hours and it still only put like 45 miles on it. So we made it from Beaverton to the airport with about 10 miles to spare. I hope there wasn't a renter immediately after us. A gas car is much better in my opinion as this was just inconvenient, limited what we could do/go with no full charge and ended up paying about the same price as another gas rental. Initially rented due to price. Not worth it.
The trip went very smoothly. Joe gave me a short n' sweet run down on everything I needed to know about the Leaf and away I went. The only thing that surprised me was that I had to pay the short term parking ($3) on exit. I must have missed that in the rental description. All in all a good deal. The car was nice and I saved $ versus a traditional rental.
Great car. Always love driving a Leaf and you can pretty much going anywhere on a full charge with plenty of stations to charge at in the area for longer trips. Joe was very easy to work with, extremely responsive and accommodative to my extension requests. Would definitely rent from him again.