Slightly Obsessed with my EV

alexandra vrabec

I love my Leaf, I love my Leaf, I love my Leaf, I love my Leaf.  Yuka does too!

I'm obsessed with my Leaf and how to drive it economically and how to build up kilometres while driving it and how cute and fun it is and omg the list goes on and on and on and on...BUT!  Am I really a Leaf girl??????????

So here's a little thing about me... I've always been a jeep girl... I learned how to drive with a Jeep Cherokee and have always loved the ruggedness, toughness and badassness of owning a jeep.  My first Jeep was a red YJ.  I girly-lifted it ever so slightly and put on 33 inch swampers.  It was wicked.  Everyone called it Alex's Tonka Truck.  

I've owned various cars since... VW GTI, Dodge Dakota pick-up, Mustang convertible but I've always gone back to my trusted Jeep.  Eight years ago I bought my 4-door silver wrangler - a sick truck with leather, nav etc.  But with the rise in gas prices over the past several months, I was spending at least $550/month and then add in oil changes and maintenance.  It just wasn't worth it.  

My friend kept saying to me 'but I can't see you in any other car except your Jeep, you suit it'.

 So I started exploring my options...EV options.  I looked at the Model 3 Tesla, the new Nissan Leaf and the Hyundai Kona.  All had longer km ranges (in between the 400-500 km range).  Even after the rebates being offered, I'd still be paying between $400-$500 in monthly payments over the next 6-7 years.  That's the same as gas payments on the Jeep.  My purpose was to save money, not just keep spending the same amount.  I began looking at used Nissan Leafs... these are the one's that kind of look like Dragonflies, at least that's what my son thinks.  But they actually kind of do, no joke.

The 2016/17 Leafs have a km range of just under 200 km.  I thought to myself, where do I actually drive?  I drive into the city and into work.  And little trips to the grocery store and to sports practices.  Do I do any long road trips?  NO.  And if I did, I could rent a car or borrow one from the parental units.

So I got the 2016 Nissan Leaf, with only 22,000 km on it, which brings me to my next point.  When it comes to buying used EV's, it's not about the km, it's all about the battery life...and my little dragonfly has a full battery life (which is 12 bars).  I traded in the Jeep, (I paid the doc fees and an extra $500) and I couldn't be happier.  ZERO EMISSIONS! NO MORE GAS! NO MORE PAYMENTS! NO MAINTENANCE!

Full battery life (12 bars on right).  Remaining km's until charge on left.  I never get to the red bars...okay maybe once...or twice.

It's soooooo quiet.  When you put it in reverse it makes a little beep beep noise so people can hear you.  Charging is sooooooo easy!  I do a slow trickle charge overnight with a regular 3-prong outlet in my underground parking.  Sometimes I do a supercharge but there's really no need for it.  Plus, too much supercharging  will deplete the battery faster.

Driving an EV is a learning curve for sure though.  There's a certain way to drive it to make it more economical... I don't go over 100 km/hr on the highway, I watch how I drive up hills... I drive it quite steadily, and it likes it, and it adds on the km's while I'm driving.  It's pretty peppy and cool. I never let the km life go under 50km.  Who needs range anxiety?  Not me.  Look it up, it's a thing.

The Tesla will come come calling for me in about 5-10 years, but for now, I'll stay obsessed with my little dragonfly.  I guess I am a Leaf girl.

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