Electric vehicles aren’t perfect for every situation. Their maximum range isn’t very good compared to hybrids or even pure-gasoline cars. Furthermore, without the right kind of station, they can take hours to recharge. However, EVs are definitely good for most short and moderate trips such as the daily commute and running errands in town. The Nissan LEAF, in particular, makes a great choice for a town car.
The LEAF’s Range Is Bigger Than Yours
According to a study performed at Columbia University, 95 percent of all car trips taken by Americans are 30 miles or shorter. Bumping that number up to 50 miles covers 98 percent. On top of that, the average daily drive length for urban dwellers is only 36.5 miles, and rural folks only bump that up to 48.6 miles. For comparison, the 2017 Nissan LEAF comes with an EPA-estimated range of 107 miles. That leaves plenty of room for extra errands or even a quick trip to the next town over.
Charge at Home and on Schedule
Buying a 240-volt converter that can quickly charge your vehicle at home is a separate cost, but it is one that comes with a few perks beyond the fast charging. For instance, you can set the LEAF to charge overnight, during the nonpeak hours when electricity costs less. This allows you to get even more value from the LEAF’s combined MPGe of 112. And if you weren’t aware what MPGe means, if your local power plant uses just one gallon of gas (or its equivalent), it can completely fill your LEAF’s battery, plus a little extra.
Charge at Work
Thanks to apps that work on both your smartphone and your onboard computer, you can easily find all the public charging stations in your area compatible with the 2017 LEAF. These public stations let you charge your car while you’re at work or running errands, and they let you add even more miles to the LEAF’s effective range.
A good commuter vehicle isn’t just an efficient vehicle; it is also one that can keep you occupied during a boring drive without taking your attention away from the road where it belongs. It also needs comfortable seats with plenty of room, especially if you want to carpool. Fortunately, the 2017 LEAF delivers on these counts, too, with plenty of room in the front and back for adults, 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the back, and high-tech features such as a 5- or 7-inch infotainment screen with an available Bose sound system with seven speakers.
Although you may want a different vehicle if you go on long road trips regularly or you find yourself frequently hauling much cargo from one place to another, the 2017 LEAF has enough power and range to satisfy almost any driver’s daily needs. That includes drivers who live a good distance away from the nearest town. With all that going for it, it is no wonder the Nissan LEAF makes an excellent commuter car.