We arrived @ the site here in San Diego about 0930 for our scheduled 10AM test drive. After registering, we received an informative briefing regarding various components of the car---the main battery pack, charging, warranties, etc. Nissan really had its act together. There were already over 100 people there when we arrived. They put us in groups of ten, and kept everything moving very smoothly. I believe they had 8 cars there, including one on static display, and the others for driving. All colors were displayed, I believe.
Anyway, by 10:15, I was behind the wheel (my wife in the back) for the drive. The course was about 2 miles long, including several streets (stop signs, signals, left and right turns.) When we got back to the starting point, my wife and I exchanged places, and she drove, while I relaxed (?? ) in the back seat. After we were finished, we had complimentary refreshments, and spoke to SDG&E and Ecotality, who answered virtually all our questions. We were back in the Prius headed home by 11:30. When we left, there must have been a couple hundred people there, and things still seemed to be going very smoothly, with little waiting for the test drives.
Bottom line? My wife and I are both "senior citizens" (let's just say, we're over 70, OK?). We've been driving cars for over 50yrs. Over 90% of our driving is 50mi per day or less, locally. IMHO, This is a real breakthrough car, folks. It drives, handles like a sports car. It's very comfortable, front and back (I admit we're "little people"--5'5") One negative for us: the driver's seat, which is advertized to be raised and lowered, really only moves the seat part up or down about 2 inches, using a wheel on the left side of the seat. So, I'll have to buy her another pillow, like on the Prius.
We've been accepted for the ETEC program, so we've reserved the SL (the red one). Can't order until January, (Mossy Nissan in Poway) and hope for delivery around March or April. Life is GOOD...