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Forget about Who Killed the Electric Car? How about who brought it back to life? While there have been $100,000 electric sports cars and funny garage-built oddities in recent years, the Nissan Leaf made its mark by being the first fully electric car that could be purchased outright, seat five people and have enough cargo space for a shopping trip. The Leaf is a real car you can buy right now, and thanks to a hefty government tax credit, it won't cost that much to do so.
When fully charged, the Leaf is estimated to have an effective maximum range of about 100 miles. That's enough to get most people from home to work and back, but longer road trips are pretty much impossible to do. As such, the Leaf is best suited for two-car households and/or those with commuting habits that err on the short side. Another must is having a garage, ideally with a 240-volt charger. Get past these hurdles, though, and the car of the future has truly arrived, and its name is the Nissan Leaf.
Used Nissan Leaf Models
The Nissan Leaf was an all-new model for 2011 available only in SV and SL trims. Both came standard with the less powerful onboard charger found on the current S trim, so expect longer charge times to be a downside of buying a used Leaf from 2011 or '12. In the Leaf's first year, it also lacked the heated front seats and steering wheel, while the SL's quick-charge port was also not available.
If you are looking for newer years, visit our new Nissan Leaf page.