My title may read a bit like David & Goliath, but don’t worry there is no religious story here. In fact, this article is less about a victor between these two strange opponents, and more about the pros/cons of each vehicle in real-world practicality. We recently added a 2014 Tesla Model S85 to our stable to sit alongside the 2-year veteran 2012 Nissan Leaf SL that we have been leasing. Check out my full post to learn about how these two seemingly different cars have more in common than just their classification.
Electric vehicles are all the rage these days, as well as their hybrid counterparts. Beyond the big player that is Tesla Motors, auto news is rampant with excitement about the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. And let’s not forget the new BMW i3 that just came out, too, to join ranks with the Mercedes B-Class, Kia Soul EV, and others. All of these vehicles share a common need for electricity, and our home now hosts two such vehicles. Due to our second EV joining the stable we recently upgraded our electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at home, allowing me to write a fun comparison as we migrated from a Schneider Electric EV2430WS EVlink to our new Leviton EVB40-PST. Check it out!
Every year I make an effort to visit Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). This year my wife tagged along, we had amazing BBQ for lunch, and hit the show for nearly 5-hours of fun. As usual the show had over-done concept cars and obnoxious paint choices. Check out my thoughts here!
How far can you go in that thing? What sort of range does it have? Aren’t you worried about running out of power? How long does it take to charge? What do they cost to own/drive? These are the most common questions I tend to get when out on the road in my wife’s Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. Want to know the answers? Keep reading!