Archive for October 29th, 2010

Driving a Nissan LEAF

Friday, October 29th, 2010

We registered to order a Nissan LEAF, which is an all-electric vehicle that is powered by a battery, on July 31, 2010.  Today, Nissan has its travelling fleet of LEAFs available for the public to test in downtown San Jose.  We pre-registered to test drive a LEAF and our appointment was at 11:00 am.

Jo-Anne grabbed an early lunch and drove to San Jose.  Unfortunately, after waiting in line and making our way through to the car, she ‘timed out’ and had to return to work.  However, Mike Calise was available and took her spot in the line and joined Bryan for a test drive.  Mike is with EVadvise, and held an ‘EVent’ at his house in Los Gatos on September 18, 2010 where he introduced electric vehicles to the community.

The test drive was ok although it was only for a few blocks in downtown San Jose.  We couldn’t go onto a freeway and test the performance of the LEAF.

Having a LEAF will be fun and, with our extensive solar photo-voltaic cells, reasonably economical to operate.

Next step is to wait for our LEAF to be manufactured.  And, Nissan set expectations with us for our final purchase decision to be in February 2011.

We went to test drive a Nissan LEAF today in downtown San Jose.  Our appointment was at 11:00 am.

We went to test drive a Nissan LEAF today in downtown San Jose. Our appointment was at 11:00 am.

First step was to register, even though we had pre-registered for the test drive.  It looked like we could have walked in and registered.

First step was to register, even though we had pre-registered for the test drive. It looked like we could have walked in and registered.

Jo-Anne waited patiently until we could join a large group for the pre-test drive presentation on electric vehicles and the Nissan LEAF.

Jo-Anne waited patiently until we could join a large group for the pre-test drive presentation on electric vehicles and the Nissan LEAF.

We made the board!  Now, we have to wait for our group to be called ...

We made the board! Now, we have to wait for our group to be called ...

Before our test drive, we were part of a group that went through several tents where there were presentations on the history and operations of electric vehicles.  This presentation included a charging station, which we will have in our garage.

Before our test drive, we were part of a group that went through several tents where there were presentations on the history and operations of electric vehicles. This presentation included a 220 volt charging station, which we will have in our garage.

The final presentation station had a Nissan LEAF so everyone could see it, touch it and feel it before the test drive.  It was good to see the trunk size, what was under the hood, etc.  Jo-Annes black attire matched the black Nissan LEAF.

The final presentation station had a Nissan LEAF so everyone could 'see it, touch it and feel it' before the test drive. It was good to see the trunk size, what was under the hood, etc. Jo-Anne's black attire matched the black Nissan LEAF.

It was 12:25 and we were supposed to have our test drive at 11:00 am.  Jo-Anne was running out of time and the line-up was very long.

It was 12:25 and we were supposed to have our test drive at 11:00 am. Jo-Anne was running out of time and the line-up was very long.

Although we could see the vehicles, Jo-Anne had to return to work.  However, Mike Calise was on his way and could take Jo-Annes spot in the line.

Although we could see the vehicles, Jo-Anne had to return to work. However, Mike Calise was on his way and could take Jo-Anne's spot in the line.

Bryan about to go for his first ride in a Nissan LEAF.  Photo credit - Mike Calise.

Bryan about to go for his first ride in a Nissan LEAF. Photo credit - Mike Calise.

After the test drive, Nissan took a photo and posted it on their web site.

After the test drive, Nissan took a photo and posted it on their web site.