Cars Nissan Leaf & Hawaii’s Māmaka Kaiao Make Magic (VIDEO)

Published on April 15th, 2014 | by Cynthia Shahan

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Nissan Leaf & Hawaii’s Māmaka Kaiao Make Magic (VIDEO)

April 15th, 2014 by  

Hawaiian and Nissan Leaf magic combine to make possible a climb to heaven’s morning — for the Leaf’s driver, a Maui resident, that is. Neil Wagner woke predawn to become part of the famed sunrise over the volcano in Haleakalā National Park. Imagine the lone darkness and ascending climb of 10,000-foot elevation to view the beauty of a sunrise over the volcano in Haleakalā National Park. In the process, the Leaf’s battery use declines by about 84% of its usable battery capacity. However, Neil could restfully enjoy the sunrise, knowing that same battery will recharge due to the Leaf’s regenerative braking system most of the way streaming down the volcano after the lifting sun is high in the morning sky.

The downhill ride and all of its switchbacks replenish much of the Leaf’s battery capacity, as you can see in the beautiful video above. It is not surprising with efficiency such as this that sales of the Leaf are so strong this year. The Nissan Leaf was the top-selling electric car in the US in March, in February, and in January. January through March 2014, it had 5,184 sales, much more than its 3,539 sales during the same time in 2013.

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  • Pat Campbell

    If it worked on Mt Hood in Oregon first, then it would work in Hawaii.

  • Matt

    There are a lot of switch backs on that road! Wonderful view from the top. Oh and nice video 😉

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