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Why you should buy the Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf was released in 2010, albeit in America and Japan; since then it has been released across all markets, including the UK; the car has seen unprecedented success as an electric car like no other. In this review we look at what makes this car so appealing, and why you should buy the Nissan Leaf.

What makes the Nissan Leaf so special?

The Nissan Leaf has made a mark as an electric car that all others have failed to. It has demonstrated in no uncertain terms that electric cars can be produced en masse; not only this, they can also be extremely popular.

Given that the Nissan Leaf has been on the UK market for two years, now is a better time than ever to see how they have faired in terms of wear and tear and performance. The results of which are extremely promising; whilst critics claimed that electric cars would suffer a considerable loss in power, research has shown that they are retaining much of their original battery life span.

Whilst the Nissan Leaf looks like any other 5 door, five seat hatchback, it is in fact anything but ‘normal’. It is entirely electric, and is powered by a large and efficient 24 kilowatt-hour lithium battery. The version that launched in the UK, the Nissan Leaf 2011, has won a plethora of awards for its green credentials.

Why you should buy the Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is not only credited with being a fantastic electric car, but it consistently gets outstanding reviews as a main market vehicle. To have such success in a market that has largely been resistant to electric cars, a car must not only be able to do everything a conventional car can, but much more besides. Other electric cars have been proven as less than convenient with low running times and engines that were under powered.

The main way that Nissan addressed consumer’s concerns was that before the car was launched they announced just how many tests they’d carried out to prove that their car excelled in all manner of situations. Amongst them they had tested on normal terrains, rural terrains with steep inclines and in a wide variety of weather conditions.

They reported that in the best of conditions, on a flat road, the car could achieve an impressive 138 miles between recharges, and in adverse weather conditions on more demanding terrains, they reported that it could manage 62 miles.

For the future, Nissan has recently announced the changes that are planned for their 2014 edition; they state that it will have a drastically reduced charge time, SMS readout and an advanced GPS system.

The Nissan Leaf continues to go from strength to strength, and the 2014 edition is a much anticipated arrival not only for the electric car market, but the car market in general. Nissan appears to have broken through the traditional problems that many electric car manufacturers have struggled with.

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