Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will the LEAF have enough range for me?

In general, here in Hawaii range is not an issue. We have mild temperatures which is important because extreme temperatures affect battery performance and shorter commutes. Electric vehicles get longer range in traffic vs speeds over 65 mph. Our customers are experiencing 80-110 miles per charge for the 2013 Models. The EPA estimates the range at 75 miles under all conditions however they only charge the LEAF to 80% to get that rating.

2. How often do I need to charge?

I recommend to my customers to charge every night, like your cellular phone, so they will have a full charge everyday.

3. Do I need to install a charging station at home?

Installing a level 2 home charging dock would really depend on your driving habits. If you drive 30-35 miles per day you could, in general, charge up your LEAF over night (8 hours) with the included level 1 charging cord.

More than that you can try with the level 1 cord and if you find it isn't working for you then you can install a level 2 charging dock. We can assist you with the installation if needed and do carry the charging stations in stock.

4. If I am stuck in traffic, will I run out of charge?

When in traffic the Nissan LEAF uses very little energy. Going up hills and speeds over 65 mph will use more power. The LEAF is also equipped with a regenerative braking system which uses the kinetic energy generated by braking and down hill rolling resistance to re-charge the battery.
Working with that is a battery percentage meter as well as estimated miles left to drive meter. The LEAF is also equipped with a low battery charge voice message to let you know if you are low on charge. (about 16%). So you are completely aware.

5. What are the maintenance costs?

Maintenance costs on the LEAF are much less than a hybrid or regular gas car. There are about half the moving parts on electric vehicle vs. an internal combustion engine.

There is no engine oil (no more oil changes)
No belts (air conditioning belts, timing belts, fan belts etc.)
No tune-ups (no spark plugs, wires, distributors)
No transmission (no transmission service)
No exhaust system (mufflers, catalytic converters, exhaust emissions computers etc.)
No air, fuel or oil filters

6. Does the LEAF have enough power?

Electric motors have all of their torque at 0 rpm. So accelerations are instant. Gasoline powered vehicles have to build up rpm's to get to maximum torque for acceleration. With a gas car there is also a need for a transmission to multiply power to get acceleration.

With 100% torque, no transmission shifts and next to no noise the LEAF handles steep hills, passing on the freeway and merging with ease and a silky smoothness like no other car available.

7. How much will my electric bill increase?

The electricity costs on Oahu are 35 cents per kw. The LEAF has a 24 kw hour battery with 2 kw reserve to operate safety items such as brakes and steering.

If you drive roughly 50 miles per day it would cost you about 3.85 in electricity. However Hawaiian Electric Company has a special program for EV owners. If you own an electric vehicle they will drop your nighttime rates 6 cents per kw so that would bring it down $3.19. Please contact HECO for complete details.

Kurt Speas
Certified Nissan Leaf Specialist

Tel: 808-342-9246

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