Car Review of the Nissan Leaf by The Stig (Ben Collins)
Some say he's a former SAS soldier, Others say he's from Bristol. All we know is, He's called the Stig. Oh wait, He's just Ben Collins.
2 things Top Gear hate in the same video: Electric Cars and Ben Collins.
Ben Collins or The Stig reviews the Nissan Leaf.
What's it like living with a Nissan Leaf?
My real life opinion of driving the New Nissan Leaf? Is an electric car a
viable option for the average user? the business user? the family? watch
and find out.
This film is not associated to Nissan, and it has been badly fimed by the
author, whose opinions are there own..
The fastest way to charge your Nissan Leaf without power supply
When you talk about electric cars the first thing people are concerned with
is the range and how to get the batteries charged when you run out of
power. So Leafplan set out to find a new way of charging a Nissan Leaf: by
towing it behind another car and braking to charge the car.
The Nissan Leaf has brake regeneration which means it charges itself during
braking. So in theory you can charge the car by braking while you are being
towed. However, the Nissan Leaf manual states you 'shouldn't tow an
electric car with four wheels on the ground'. The Nissan dealer was a bit
sketchy about why that was so we set out to prove the theory and made this
As you can see in the video it really does work! However there are some
small differences. Because the car is being towed the range computer thinks
it's driving ultra economical and calculates the range according to this.
So the range the computer calculates isn't the actual range which you will
have when you drive the car, it's about 33% less.
However, the car does charge itself while braking, and actually does a very
good job. It's about as fast as a fast charger charging the car. You have
to be careful though not to overdo the braking; charging only happens in
the first phase of braking if you overdo the Leaf will start to use the
regular brakes resulting in very smelly brake pads ;-)
Leafplan is a project in The Netherlands set out to find the practical use
of the electric car. From how to get a charge point at your house to actual
range calculations and experiments like charging the Nissan Leaf while
being towed is all part of this year long experiment. On
http://www.leafplan.nl/english you can find more information and follow the
Leaf via Google Maps, check out the battery life, range and charge stats
live from the car, and see live video directly from the car!
2011 Nissan Leaf - Battery Electric Car - "In Depth" Vehicle Introduction video
2011 Nissn Leaf Video - Watch an in-depth introductory video of the Totally
NEW Nissan Leaf battery electric vehicle. This is a Plug-In battery car
with a 100 mile range. The Leaf is the first mass marketed electric car.
Paul Hossen the Leaf product planner will show and explain what the Leaf is
all about. It has no gas tank, radiator, coolant, engine oil, Exhaust pipe, muffler, spark plugs, fuel
injection system, smog control devices, transmission etc. Battery electric
cars are very simple and efficient. It takes about $1.50 to $2.50 of
electricity to fully charge the battery giving a 100 mile range. In a
gasoline powered compact sedan averaging 30 miles per gallon, $2.00 will
buy you about 25 miles range.
Nissan LEAF Test Drive and Review
Nissan LEAF Test Drive & Review-
Green Energy News had the recent pleasure of test driving the brand
spankin' new, highly-anticipated zero emission vehicle (ZEV) developed by
Nissan, dubbed LEAF - or Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable,
Family Car. Mark Perry, Director of Product Planning for Nissan North
America, talks about the vision behind the Nissan LEAF and touches on it's
eco-friendly features, cost/price, battery/charging information, and
The LEAF we drove is a pre-production prototype... basically the production
model. This is NOT a "mule" or the VERSA "shell" which was making a tour
across the US earlier this year.
Design: Smooth lines, aerodynamic, and pleasing to look at. The LEAF might
not be the most eye-catching car on the road, but we feel like it will
appeal to most consumers in the compact car market. We saw it as a cross
between a luxury crossover SUV (think Lexus RX 350), a Toyota Matrix, and
the Nissan Versa.
Performance- The 107 HP (80kw) motor puts out 206 lb-ft of torque which is
readily available at 0 MPH! We were more than surprised with the amount of
pep the LEAF showed off the line. At moderate speeds (approx 45 MPH) the
LEAF had NO problems passing other vehicles with minimal efforts. Towards
the end of the video, you can see the LEAF accelerating into a right turn,
reaching speeds of almost 50 MPH from a creeping start with ease. The LEAF
is responsive and fun to drive. Is it a sportscar... NO! Is it more fun to
drive than a traditional compact... BY FAR! Handling is wonderful- the
lithium ion battery pack is center mounted under the vehicle creating even
balance and sturdy handling. Try it for yourself... this thing is FUN to
Price- $32,000 might be a little steep for us, but after $7,500 in federal
rebates/incentives... the LEAF is right up our alley. With California
giving us an additional $5,000 in rebates, the LEAF would be a steal at
just under $20k! Considering the Chevy Volt is priced around $40k before
rebates/incentives, and DOESN'T qualify for the additional $5k rebate in CA
due to it's gasoline engine/generator, the LEAF looks like a solid deal.
FULL review available at Green Energy News
2011 Hyundai Equus vs 2011 Bentley Mulsanne
Executive Editor Edward Loh and Senior Editor Jonny Lieberman find out if
the luxury of Bentley's Mulsanne is worth the $330,000 pricetag compared to
Hyundai's all-new $70,000 Equus.
Shot by: Jim Gleason
Edited by: Jim Gleason
2011 Nissan Leaf Review
Here's a quick review i did at the Drive Nissan Event in South Florida. The
Leaf is awesome! 100% electric and under $32,000.00. I was surprised to see
the size of the car; about the size of a Toyota Matrix. Hope you enjoy the
I shot this video jusing my Canon 5D mark 2 and my Kodak Zi6. I did all my
audio with a pair of Audio-Technica Pro 88w/t
Behind the Wheel: Nissan Leaf
It's brand new. Hasn't been driven much. But GearPatrol has street cred. So
we got our hands on this mass produced 100% electric from Nissan. Check it
Nissan Leaf review - Auto Express
THE electric revolution is charging ahead! Following on from our drive of a
prototype Auto Express has finally taken the wheel of the showroom-ready
Nissan Leaf in Japan. Going on sale in the UK early next year, the
Sunderland-built hatchback aims to bring all-electric vehicles into the
Owners Review 2013 Nissan Leaf SV
Winter update on range and performance video here
My review of my 2013 Nissan Leaf
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