Love the Nissan LEAF? If so, check-out its manufacturer's free offer. Nissan, you see, is
inviting new and existing owners to claim a free homecharge-i system for their properties.
These charge vehicles far quicker than standard home-based plugs. Installation is free
too courtesy of British Gas. Nissan is also offering motorists free access to the POLAR
charging network until March 2013. This allows them to charge-up in locations such as
supermarkets and shopping centres. There are, of course, terms so claimants must live in
the Source London, Source East, Midlands and Milton Keynes Plugged-in Places regions.
Steve McLennan, Marketing Director at Nissan Motor GB Ltd commented: “We welcome
this free home charging initiative thanks to the partnership between our home charging
provider British Gas and POLAR, and are proud to be championing this initiative in our EV
dealerships. We can now provide Nissan LEAF owners with a fast, convenient, and safe
way of charging their electric vehicle at home - as well as access to public charge points”.
Unlike many electric vehicles, the Nissan LEAF feels like a “proper” car rather than a
glamorised milk float.
As such it is about the size of a Ford Focus, has space for five
people, and a class competitive 330-litre hatchback boot. Furthermore, it feels composed
through the corners, has a smooth ride, and sends 108bhp to its front wheels via auto
transmission. It, therefore, hits 62mph in a reasonable 11.9 seconds. It is whisper quiet
too, as there are no pistons thumping under the bonnet. The LEAF also has a tremendous
specification. Highlights include the reversing camera, key-less entry system, and touch-
screen display. See, the LEAF is a proper car... but could you live with the 109 mile range?
By Stephen Turvil
Wed, 19 Sep 2012