GetOffYourGas wrote:Regarding flipping, if the battery is located low enough, this car should be far more stable than your old Freeway.
That makes sense, my Freeway was the ICE version, it came in a battery version as well but used lead acid batteries, circa early 80s. I never had it flip on me but I remember reading stories, it was made in my neighborhood although I didn't get mine until years after they went bankrupt, I did tour the factory though and remember at the time they had a waiting list of almost a year, which quickly disappeared as gas prices dropped and people were once again only interested in large vehicles.
If I had had the battery version the Leaf would have been my 3rd EV, I also owned a Henney Kilowatt which was a converted Renault Dauphine, conversion done by Emerson radio and Eureka Williams. It also used lead acid batteries(6v golf cart batteries, 6 in the front and 6 in the back(going off memory)) and used a bank of relays mounted to the back of the missing rear seat to control the speed. No heater and minimal conveniences, but it didn't use gas! In comparison the Leaf is a total Luxmobile
The Freeway was also a bare bones car(if you could call it a car as it was licenced as a motorcycle). I don't believe it had a heater and was noisy(the gas version) as heck, both road noise and engine noise as the small engine was right behind the rear of the single seat.