Ever since I finally passed my driver’s exam last month, every day the question comes up: Which of us gets to take the Prius?
So whether we want it or not, the time has come to start looking at a 2nd car. One that’s cheap in usage, safe and still big enough for 2 adults, 1 child and their cr*p.
A few months ago I first came across the Nissan LEAF. The more I read about it, the more it appeals to me. It’s safe: a NCAP rating of 5. It’s cheap: free charging for electric cars at my office, thanks to Fortum Charge & Drive. And it’s marketed as a 5-seater, so 2 adults + 1 child + cr*p should fit just nicely.
An electric car is the perfect means of transportation for simple home< ->office. Currently it’s only 2.5 kms one way, so a LEAF should get me to and from work every day with a single charge a week. Later this year I am probably moving into another home, increasing my distance to 10.5 kms, but even that is easily manageable by a single charge/week.
In Norway more than 98% of all electricity is generated in hydroelectric plants, so an electric car is truly environmentally friendly here. At least a lot more than in countries where the electricity used to charge the car batteries comes from some polluting coal-powered plant.
The remaining ‘problem’ is now getting my hands on a LEAF. The local Nissan dealer, Brennes Auto in Sarpsborg, does not have them yet and I have not been able to get a date on when they arrive.
I guess I will just keep on contacting them every now and then. Enough to keep my name as a more-than-just-potential customer on their minds, but not that often that I get blacklisted as annoying nagger.
To be continued, I hope--