As I slow to a stop at an EV charger, someone walking by the LEAF takes a long look at the EV and what I am doing. I see the quizzical bubbles of questions popping. The questions people ask about the Nissan LEAF at a charging station have me falling into conversation. I love being the messenger in this circumstance — and see the person glimpse into the possibility of their EV future. The questions may become plans to test drive, I hope.
Yes, I want everyone to be an EV driver (unless they are an active pedestrian or bicyclist). And some are drawn in … as their curiosity becomes a genuine interest.
By now, many people have heard about electric cars — at least Teslas. They are not sure about the Nissan LEAF. I love answering the questions and seeing them burst into light bulbs of possibilities for their future.
I find myself talking about EVs, clean air, savings … and I want to say that they owe it to their grandchildren. At least once or twice a week these conversations take place.
The various questions people ask:
1. How much does it cost to charge?
… (answer) — $1. Last month. I drove out of town for a couple of days where I used charging stations in other cities and I had to pay a little bit — approximately $1.
2. You mean that it has no gas in it ever? No oil change?
… (answer) — That’s right. Only a battery. The LEAF only requires charging. No oil change. No gas in the clean-air car.
3. “How far can you get on a charge?”
…(answer) — Varies with how I drive. In town in “ECO,” the LEAF does quite well recharging some of the range that I lose. If I speed up or travel on highways where I drive faster, the charge dissipates quickly. I take a break, eat, and have a walk while recharging on longer trips.
I invite them over to listen as I start the EV.
4. “It’s on? No sound at all?”
… No sound. (The conversation shifts to the ups and downs of quiet cars. Most people seem intrigued with the idea of less noise.)
5. “Can you charge at home?”
6. Are enough charging spots around?
… Yes, for sure. From Tampa to Naples, there are plenty of charging stations — even a free fast charger.