Living with the LEAF

Glenengineer sitting in a Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Written by Plug’n Drive Volunteer Glennengineer (October 3, 2014)

As a volunteer with Plug and Drive, I have driven most of the popular battery electric cars over the past year for short periods of time and am always impressed with the quiet, clean and exhilarating drive. The technology of electric motors and batteries is an efficient and perfect match for propelling the vehicles of today.

Recently I lived for over a week at a time with a Nissan LEAF (Pinterest). Below is some of the energy data I recorded during my time with the LEAF. What surprised me is the TOTAL Km was approximately 150 Km, which more than matches the rated range of the LEAF.  It should also be noted that I was driving aggressive some of the time  and typically had a passenger so the number is realistic. More next time on charging efficiency and my experience with the i-MEV.

VEHICLE/TRIP Drove Km Remaining Km TOTAL Km Km/KWH KWH Used
(Estimated)
LEAF around town (Aurora) 65 78 143 6.4 10.2
LEAF to Keswick 86 73 159 7.1 12.1
LEAF to Newmarket 25 122 147 6.5 3.8