2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Leaf: Range is Always a Concern

July 29, 2011


This week is the first time I've driven our 2011 Nissan Leaf home from the office. One direction is 40 miles. I figured this was just too far and the remaining trip range (47 miles) supports my assumption. Now I could probably gamble and make it back without a refresh, but I'd rather not. I need to plug it into the wall. And according to the IP, that will cost me 11 hours. Based on this scenario I could'nt make it through a typical week without a second car.

My commute is probably longer than the average Leaf driver. But if I had a 240V charger at home and the office, the Leaf becomes a feasible mode of transportation for my weekday grind. I didn't expect that.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 3,144 miles

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