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The Nissan Leaf: Going Green, Keeping The Air Clean
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The Nissan Leaf: Going Green, Keeping the Air Clean

I was looking through a couple articles on going green when I ran across a couple talking about the importance of finding an alternate source of fuel beyond the use gasoline(as well as the forever increasing gas prices). This inquiry spiked my attention since I love to help people by keeping them informed on events as well as things that can help them, I decided to write an article on cars, but not just any cars... electric! The Nissan Leaf in my humble opinion is one of the best car inventions that has come out during this century. With absolutely no gas use, this electric car is state of the art boasting its 73 MPGe(miles per gallon electrical) on surface streets and almost 100 miles on the freeway, in short this car has all the bells and whistle that would make a modern day geek "wet his pants".

What makes it run?

Im glad you asked! The Nissan Leaf is power by an 24 kWh battery pack consists of 48 modules and each module contains four cells, a total of 192 cells, and is assembled by Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) – a joint venture between Nissan, NEC and NEC Energy Devices, at Zama, Japan according to the official Nissan Website. The battery life of the Leaf is said to maintain 70%-80% of its power for 5-10 years if normal maintenance is maintain, during its use. Also, it is recommended that you do not recharge the battery until it has gone under 70% of its capacity. Like all battery its important not to use it during long periods of extreme weather conditions(whether hot or cold), in any case it is important to remember that your car is running on a battery and will need to be recharged. Also, the battery being used power everything in your car from the brakes to the radio to the heating/A.C.

Safety

Probably the most important element to any potential buyer is safety, regarding the Nissan Leaf's safety rating; it received a Good from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety(which is the highest standard grade for car safety). It has even scored five out of five stars in the federal government's safety test, and a four out of five on their frontal crash and rollover tests respectively. This is quite possibly one of the safest cares to drive on the road.

The price of this car is $ 35,000, which considering all of the features that come with the car, could actually be considered underpriced. Safety, Performance and Green Enginering make this car almost perfect(almost). The only downside to buying an electric car is that, unlike gas driven vehicle who have plenty of gas stations around for refuel, the electric driven car does not. In other words if you go on a cross country trip you would have to make predestinated stops at locations that would allow you to recharge your battery or you will suffer being stranded on the side of the highway. All in all this is a really cool car that proves that green driven cars deserve more attention than there given.


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I wish I could buy a leaf, but the price is way out of my league!

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