Electric Cars – Silent killers?

Should electric cars and hybrids be required at slow speed to have extra noise added?  Most of the cars out there already have something in anticipation of this.  On the Nissan Leaf you can choose to turn it off…. for now.  This is a very interesting subject brought up by Jim Motavalli.   Beyond the fact of whether it’s really needed or not, it’s complicated to implement at it’s actually unclear if doing so may introduce other problems.  The law of unintended consequences in this case may indeed apply.

One of the best parts of electric cars are the quiet operation.  Talk to any potential buyer and this is one of the most mentioned pluses.  Legislation for mandating certain noises is something that has been brewing for a while and as noted by Jim he found is it’s more complex than just adding some noise.  Sounds can be different on a quiet street vs NYC, etc.  Something not noted in the article is at slow speeds an luxury ICE sedan car is nearly as quiet as an electric car unless your really revving up and after 12 mph tire noise is all the same anyway.  Yet, there is no proposed legislation for all those silent but deadly ICE cars :)

New 2013 Nissan Leaf now available at your local dealer!

What’s great about the new 2013 Nissan leaf is it’s manufactured here in the US at the Smryna, TN plant and has a host of improved features, like longer range, faster charging, leather seat options, etc.  Oh yeah, and it’s cheaper!  In California for example you could get a new one for under $20k. Driving electric costs so much less than gas and there is nearly zero regular maintenance. Go check it out @ Nissan.

Nissan Leaf Wireless Charging and Parking Assist

The folks over @ Green Car Reports got a chance to check out the Wireless charging Nissan is working on with parking assist. Check out their great video report below.  Ok, it’s kinda cool, but isn’t it way less time and complication to simply take 3 seconds to plug in and probably way less cost? Who wants to futz around with lining up the car perfectly?


New Nissan Leaf Global Ad

This is a good/better ad, but it’s still not getting to the heart of what really sells.  I do like the new bit about powering your house at some point, but even that was kinda obscured.  There is a tiny bit about not getting petrol ever, but there is no mention directly that it can be nearly 1/10 the cost of gas(at least here in California) or no oil changes or regular maintenance, etc. Feeling good and green all over is great, but after your early adopters it’s more about cost of ownership.    I am still waiting for the ad simply showing car x vs leaf and a yearly costs savings vs petrol and maintenance.


Nissan Leaf electric car cheaper to commute than most gas cars, paid for or not!

Let’s say you have an older paid for car getting around 30 mpg(average) and are spending $350 per month on gas for commuting.  This is a pretty easy amount for a lot of people.  30 miles to and from work, plus errands, kids soccer games, weekends, etc.  Also don’t forget your older car is going to require maintenance and likely some repairs during the next few years.  Let’s add in another $75 for oil changes, repairs, etc.  Something most people don’t calculate is down time for oil changes, repairs, etc.  We won’t do that here, but it’s a something to consider.  How much is your time worth?  Anyway let’s be on conservative side and say driving your car minus, taxes, etc is around $400.00 per month.

A brand new Nissan Leaf lease is currently around $200.00 with $3000.00 down and another $1500.00 for a charging station and setup(you can do this yourself pretty easily for less).  Electricity costs vary, but in California it’s around $40.00 for the same commute or less depending if you use time-of-use metering or not.  Other states electricity rates are much less.  Add in about $120 per month for the down payment and charging station install  and you roughly get $340.00 per month for everything including electricity.  There is no real maintenance to speak of for a Leaf other than a once a year check up if you choose to do it.  Honestly we have found just by going and getting the free “updates” is good enough since they check the batteries then too.  Tires, wind shield fluid and wiper blades are all we have done on our Nissan Leaf in nearly 1 1/2 years.

So even with a paid for car you still can save about $60 per month by leasing a new Nissan Leaf.

If you have a new car you are using for your commute and are making monthly payments, your savings are even larger.  Even if you turn in the car early and take a negative equity hit you’ll gain all the savings in not paying for gas on top of your current payment.



LeafStations.com merges with CarStations.com

leafstations.com has merged with CarStations.com to provide information about charging stations and electric vehicles. Visit http://carstations.com to join other drivers in finding, updating and helping each other keep up to date information on charging stations, RV campgrounds and other charging locations for your Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Ranger Ev, Rav4 Ev, ford Focus Ev and many more to come.  Also we provide some technical information for the new charging technologies like J1772, Chademo and the new SAE Quick charge standard.  Here at leafstations.com we’ll now continue to provide information on nissan and the nissan leaf, but much more.