2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Leaf: No Feel For Speed

July 21, 2011


Electric cars are different. No news there, right? You get a satisfying whoosh when you put your foot on the accelerator. Instant takeoff. But I find when I am moving along, I have no sense of how fast I am going.

Sometimes, I glance down at the speedometer and am surprised at the number I see. Because there are no gears to advance through, I don't get a feel for the increase in mph. The crescendo is smooth.

Have any of you driven an electric car?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 2,993 miles

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