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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
It comes as no surprise that we did not drive our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf to the farthest reaches of this great land in September. We did, however, generate more thoughts on this little electric vehicle's attributes in our day-to-day seat time commuting from various areas within the Los Angeles basin.

It's been insightful to gather reactions from neophyte drivers of electric vehicles (EVs), too. On two occasions this month, we heard objections to heavy regenerative braking effect. This was not in reference to the Leaf specifically, although its max deceleration effect via E-pedal is similar to that of other EVs. But we've also heard the opposite from experienced EV owners. They rave about the one-pedal driving that heavy regen (like E-pedal) facilitates.

We're in the latter camp. One-pedal driving rules. It will, apparently, take some time for those consumers who are new to the experience to adjust. But they'll come around. Eventually.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Nissan Leaf has little choice but to remain a local runabout. This situation is not unique to the Leaf and will remain the case for nearly all EVs until a comprehensive network of fast EV chargers is deployed in sufficient numbers. August was no exception when the Leaf continued to serve as local transport and grocery-fetcher for our editors.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
With only 150 miles of range, you won't see us taking any long road trips in our 2018 Nissan Leaf. We are, however, using it for what it does best: commuting. Whether apartment hunting, traveling to a community theater, or running around to and from work, it does the job well. We've also learned that ProPilot Assist is a wonderful feature for those gridlocked trips home.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Engineer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Nissan Leaf spent all of June handling commuting duty. We've found that most potential EV owners fixate on the Leaf's lack of range compared to its competitors. But fixating on the one odd road trip they'll take every few months rather than how they'll use the car 95 percent of the time is counterproductive. Meanwhile, the Leaf has dutifully shuttled our editors to and fro without any issues while welcoming converts to the electric mobility fold.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2018 Nissan Leaf

Where Did We Drive It?
The 2018 Nissan Leaf joined our long-term fleet in late March, but this is the first monthly update. I'm not sure what happened to the April update, but hey, it's an imperfect world and things sometimes fall through the cracks. Our Leaf hasn't gone anywhere outside of the typical staff commutes, which is what you'd expect from a fairly new EV addition. Perhaps some brave soul will travel outside of the Southern California comfort zone soon. Stay tuned.

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2018 Nissan Leaf: Introduction

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2018 Nissan Leaf

We added an all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf to our long-term fleet to see if its new 151-mile range can calm our range anxiety.

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