Long Term Reviews
What is it like to live with an electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid car? It’s an important first question for anyone considering the switch from petrol or diesel to electricity. Our long term reviews provide all the knowledge you’ll need to understand what life in the electric lane is all about before you excitedly head to the showroom to pick up one of your own.
Our long termers
Plug-in Hybrids have divided opinion amongst the motoring press, with some stating they’re negatively compromised, while others praise their Jekyll & Hyde persona. They’re complicated machines with two powertrains, but what are they like to live with? We spend three months with the handsome Optima PHEV to find out whether it is fast, frugal, fun or perhaps all three.
The Nissan Leaf is, perhaps, the definitive EV. It’s a great all-rounder and most people’s go-to example of an electric car. We spent 3-months with the 30kWh Tekna-trimmed version to find out what life is like with a Leaf as an everyday tool. As we found out, an electric car is only half the story, as in 2016 infrastructure plays a large proportion of ownership that isn’t always realised.
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For those who've followed my driving of the Nissan Leaf 30kWh Tekna, OY16XLO, you'll know that I've enjoyed the delights of driving electrically and more often than not, for free. It's one of the great pleasures of electric vehicle ownership and provides a superior...read more
Nearly 1,000 miles have now been covered in OY16XLO, not a huge amount, but about average for any car - 1,000 per month or 12,000 per year. Most journeys have been local, it must be said, but one finds that occasionally a longer distance journey is necessary and the...read more
Having lived with the Leaf a little while now, a few things stand in both positive and negative lights. Here are my top 5 of each, although this could of course change with time and an alternative perspective. Fortunately, I must say the negative aspects are largely minor and inconsequential so Nissan could easily put them all right with the next generation of the Leaf.
It’s a little nit-picking too, but these are the types of thing you notice with general use and time, unlike on short week-long loans where the car…read more
So, range anxiety is the thing holding you back from buying an electric car, right? It’s one of the most frequent excuses given to not considering an electric car and, I have to say, understandably so. The fear of not being able to reach your destination and the ramifications that brings with it aren’t exactly enticing. I’d love to tell you that running out of range is a wonderous experience that isn’t filled with grief or difficulty… but I can’t. The reason I can’t, is because I have never run out of range in an electric car.read more
One week into Leaf ownership and the car has already proved a more than useful tool. Of course, being accustomed the ways of an EV and familiar with charging helps but it doesn’t take anything away from the fact that electric cars just work.
So far, 136.3 miles into my time with the Leaf and my total expenditure on “fuel” has been a mere £1.35. Why? That’s because I’ve only charged the Leaf up once at home and that means it’s working out as roughly 1p/mile travelled. This impressive figure is, of course, only…read more
Our Nissan Leaf long term test car has arrived, hurrah! The Leaf will be my daily driver over the next few months and I intend to fully capitalise on its electric efficiency. OY16XLO is a 30kWh Tekna, meaning it has the largest battery currently offered by Nissan and the highest level of equipment too – thank you Nissan! Official range is estimated at 155 miles (NEDC) but, as is true for all electric cars currently, true range is lower. The 100% fully charged Leaf shows 111 miles range currently and as weather conditions are favourable, this is likely to be about right and accurate. However, because OY16XLO isn’t a new…read more
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