I got my first thumbs-up from an ICE driver this week!
I was headed to a restaurant to meet a group for dinner and noticed an ICE behind me in the next lane, then they pulled up next to me, tooted their horn and when I looked, they gave me a huge grin and a thumbs-up. I grinned and waved back. I am surprised that every now and again folks really do recognize the car and like it. I especially like that while I'm out there driving like a regular car, I'm proving that the LEAF really can satisfy most folks range needs.
When I mention the LEAF to coworkers, they recognize that it is 100% electric, and even then they ask, "so you don't put gas in it? Ever?" It's so strange to them that you don't have to put gas in a car for it to be a useful car. I can still sense the disbelief when I tell them it's my daily driver and gets me to work and back every day plus all the side trips that I do during the week and the weekend. I guess that is the perils of being an early adopter.
I've got nearly 1000 miles on the car now. I called my salesman to let him know how much I am enjoying it and he let me know that he's got two more coming in soon. I told him I'd be happy to answer any questions the new folks might have if that will help them.
I wonder how I could tell Nissan how they did such a good job with this car? It just works really well as a commuter car, exactly as it was designed to do. Thank you, Nissan!