After just two weeks of driving oil-free with my 2012 Nissan LEAF, it finally happened. I knew it would, but I didn't think it would be this soon. I hate to admit it, but I drained my battery and now my car is stranded on the side of the road.
I guess that's what I get for not even bothering to start my Crown Victoria for two weeks. I haven't needed to use it once since I got my LEAF. It's been parked in the street this whole time. Must have been the Eco-Meter I had plugged in.
Seriously- The battery did die on my gas car- I had to jump it last night. I laughed at the irony of my situation. I never once thought I would run out of electricity on my gas car but not my electric car. But anyway, the LEAF has been an excellent commuter / runabout. I commute around 55 miles per day plus a few miles here and there for lunch, errands, hanging out with friends after work, visiting family, shopping, etc...
My first love was the Volt. It sparked my interest into electric drive back in 2007. I guess I decided for a few reasons that it would be better to just take the plunge and go all electric. I've got almost 1000 miles on my LEAF. There are plenty of reasons to love it, but since this is a Volt forum, here's what I don't like about it:
1) The heated steering wheel turns off after 5 minutes making it a total tease when it's cold. By the time it reactivates, it's been cold for a long time. Yes, this is the biggest disappointment of the car because it has the potential to be one of the best features, especially in the winter.
2) Range suffers immensely when you try to heat the cabin air. The problem is compounded by cold battery temperature affecting range as well. Just yesterday it was in the 50's, and with an 80% charge I only managed about 53 miles before I got a Low Battery Warning. It could be worse, and I know it will be once winter gets here- but this was all known well before I got the car. Preheating slaps a band-aid on this and it's easy to set, but it's not a perfect solution. The heated seats are nice, and the heated steering wheel is really nice... for about 5 minutes. Hopefully the 2013 model will address this issue a little better with the new heater.
3) No remote charge port release. I suppose this isn't a huge deal, but there have been a number of times where I had to unlock the car, open the door, pull the release... just to charge it. It would be nice if the keyfob had a button, or it had a proximity unlock button thingy like all the doors and the hatch have.
4) I don't think the interior fabrics will last much longer before they start turning black. Me and a light interior, probably won't get along too well.
That's honestly all I can think of right now.
After I jump started my Crown Vic, I drove up to Taco Bell and back home and was amazed at how archaic, noisy, harsh with engine vibrations and transmission shifts, and lethargic that car is. It honestly never was before, it's very well maintained and runs like new! I'll never go back to gas. Electric drive is where it's at- whether or LEAF or a Volt or a Focus Electric or whatever.
Anyway, I hope to make a more thorough review after I've owned the car for a few months.