Nissan LEAF first drive
John Pengelly of Oxford County Council shares his experiences of the Fleetdrive Electric Nissan LEAF:
Having driven an electric MINI previously, John Pengelly of Oxford County Council thought it would be a good idea to trial the new Nissan LEAF as an electric pool car. Ideal for short journeys around the city.
Electric cars also suit Oxfordshire County Council’s green policy outlook, they are very proactive on sustainability, so an electric car trial seemed like a logical thing to do.
John had heard a lot about the Nissan LEAF and was excited to give it a try, the LEAF didn’t disappoint. On his first drive he found it simple, comfortable, and fast too! The reversing camera was great to use, and John tested out both the ‘normal’ and ‘eco’ drive modes.
There are some noticeable differences between driving the leaf and a petrol/diesel car, the lack of engine noise is a big factor. The electric LEAF is a quieter drive. John also found he drove more conscientiously in the Nissan LEAF. We agree, you do consider slowing down sooner and using the regenerative braking as well as the foot brake in the LEAF. Overall electric motoring is a much calmer way of getting around in our opinion.
The vehicle is simple to charge, the dashboard lets you know how long the charge will take. For John he can charger at home overnight or plug in at work. After 7 days John is still convinced the leaf is a lovely car to drive, everyone he’s shown it to has responded really positively and he will be sad to see it go when the trial is over.
The good news is that following this trial there will be one more electric car advocate in the world and there will have been more zero emission miles driven in Oxford. Win, win.
Maybe this could be the start of something bigger for Oxford?