Chelsea Sexton test drives the Leaf

Saturday, July 24, 2010
One of the stars of Who Killed the Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car consulting producer Chelsea Sexton recently got her turn to test drive the Nissan Leaf, and posted her findings on AutoBlogGreen

After inviting hundreds of people to Japan to check out the production-ready Leaf electric vehicle, Nissan has begun a much smaller effort in launch markets in the U.S., thus far conducting test drives in San Diego and Los Angeles, California. 

I managed to snag a last-minute slot in the latter, figuring I'd mostly confirm my initial impressions gleaned from tooling around Dodger Stadium's parking lot in a prototype last December. I did and I didn't. There are plenty of reviews around the Leaf as a car; John O'Dell has a pretty comprehensive one here. And it's just as well, because, while Nissan let me behind the wheel for about half an hour, morning traffic precluded me from going much over 50 miles per hour. 

That's enough to concur with much of what has been said so far – the car is quiet and peppy, manages hills with little effort and has a nicely balanced suspension that is both smooth and comfortable while being responsive around corners and negotiating traffic. All of this was suggested in my drive of the Versa version, and confirmed in the actual Leaf...  READ MORE
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roger commented on 21-Oct-2010 03:02 PM
i need the contact to chelse sexton!
im from spain the first spanish electric car www.zyechgroup.com

thks

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Nissan announced that the price of the Leaf in Japan starts at ¥3.76 million (approximately US$44,600) before any current tax breaks.[17][18] The Leaf is eligible for a ¥770,000 government tax credit if current incentives continue through fiscal year 2010, which reduce the net price to ¥2.99 million (US$35,500).
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I heard so much about this Nissan Leaf. The first electric vehicle produced by Nissan. It is controlled by 100% electric power. NO GAS required! Talking about efficiency?
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Nissan Leaf reflects as an innovative and exciting brand with a clear vision of the future of green transportation.I like Leaf more than other Electric cars like Volt Prius. Its simple and elegant.
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This looks like such a good car. A friend mine of tested it and told me it was great but I need to see something with my own eyes to believe it. So I wait to test it myself.
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Jerry commented on 30-Nov-2011 08:22 PM
The Nissan Leaf just goes to show that even electric cars are able to deliver good performance and a quiet drive. Many people complain about electric car noises, and I am glad that the Leaf bucks the trend.
Jeremy Hughes commented on 02-Dec-2011 12:49 AM
Nissan chould follow in the footsteps of other electric car makers and allow bloggers to test drive the car too. This way, the car can gain more exposure, and more reviews will appear on the net. This is just one of the ways of marketing a brand new car.
Jerry commented on 17-Dec-2011 10:37 PM
With enough exposure and marketing, the Leaf could become a household name like another electric/hybrid car, the Prius. They could try marketing them to tech companies who have thousands of employees. Take Google for example. They have a huge fleet of
Priuses for their employees to drive around.
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Nice report Chelsea -- I'm looking forward to test-driving this cool car myself :-)
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Damian commented on 14-Mar-2012 09:12 AM
it is an nice test drive... I saw that is a good car.
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I love Chelsea, I read her blog all the time and I wish she could share more of also her personal life! no Im not a stalker =)
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