2014 Nissan Leaf
All electric, with no gas recharging engine to cover you. But the average range, according to the Leaf information is at least 84 miles – this could be even more depending on your driving settings and conditions. I have had the range indicator show over 100 miles after a charge up. Range on any EV depends on your driving style, attentiveness to your range/power/speed/acceleration factors, and your climate settings.
The specs show a 24kWh Lithium Ion Battery pack, with specs at 30 kW-hrs per 100 miles. I will talk more about range of these EVs in specific posts.
We got our leaf on May 15, 2014 – on a 3yr, 36,000 mile lease – for $228/month including taxes (we traded in an SUV and put $2000 down).
For comparision purposes, here is the actual window sticker from our 2014 Leaf SV:
2014 Chevy Volt
The 2014 Chevy Volt has about a 42 mile range on its EV battery, but it also has a gasoline (premium fuel) generator that can be used to seamlessly recharge the battery as you drive. So your range is, in effect, as ‘unlimited’ as a gasoline powered car. However, 42 or so miles, depends on the way you drive, just like with any EV. I have gotten 50 miles out of it. With recharging, it has the ability to drive 100% of the time as an EV.
The Volt should be thought of as an EV with a built-in power generator. I think the goal of a Volt owner should be to use power the gasoline this way 1) a backup so you feel you can push the car to its battery limits and 2) a long-distance car for vacations. That is our thinking, now that we have no ‘normal’ vehicles.
The spec sheet says it gets 35 kW-hrs per 100 miles, with a specified average range of 35 EV miles.
We got our 2014 Volt Sunday, December 29, 2013. We have a 3 year, 36,000 mile lease for $309 per month, with a trade and $2000 down.
Here is the actual window sticker form our 2014 Volt:
Who we are is not really important… it is the fact that we are just ‘normal’ people, who for various reasons and circumstances have suddenly gotten rid of our hybrid and standard internal combustion driven vehicles.
It probably is significant that we come at this from two completely different angles, based on our individual natures and educational backgrounds:
- Jamie – Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineer, University of South Florida (USF)
- Kim – PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida (as well as a Masters Degree from USF and Bachelors Degree from the University of Miami, Florida.)
- Both of us are from Florida, which we fear is ground-zero for climate change effects, especially sea-level rise.
- Both of us have a strong desire to help solve human-created climate change, and while it appears daunting, every little thing can help. We want the world to be a better place for our children and our children’s children, not a wrecked wasteland created by human weakness.
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