jkirkebo
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Re: Leaf vs. Tesla

Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:50 pm

gsleaf wrote:I'm not really complaining about this, I was just curious. My biggest gripe about the Leaf is that it doesn't have a change drawer up front to put pens, membership cards, etc. in.
Huh ? What about that bin under the armrest ? I keep all that stuff there, padlock for the charging cable, iPhone USB cable, parking cards, pens etc.

And Tesla are masters of packaging. Rear wheel drive also makes it easier, the inverter being mounted inline of the motor is pure genius IMHO. Chargers are under the rear seat and the battery is a structural member. Brilliantly executed.

gsleaf
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Location: Portland, OR

Re: Leaf vs. Tesla

Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:56 pm

jkirkebo wrote:Huh ? What about that bin under the armrest ? I keep all that stuff there, padlock for the charging cable, iPhone USB cable, parking cards, pens etc.

And Tesla are masters of packaging. Rear wheel drive also makes it easier, the inverter being mounted inline of the motor is pure genius IMHO. Chargers are under the rear seat and the battery is a structural member. Brilliantly executed.
That one actually works well, but it's within reach of my 3 year old.

That's cool about the Tesla packaging, they seem to have done an excellent job for their first mass-market product.

Christopher
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Leaf Number: 1407
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Re: Leaf vs. Tesla

Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:59 pm

gsleaf wrote:
Zythryn wrote:Roomier on the inside than the Model S??
While I have had the opportunity to sit in a Leaf, but not yet a Model S, I find it hard to believe that I am reading your post correctly.
I only sat in the front drivers side for about 40 seconds, but that was my impression. I may have to try it again sometime and see if my impression changes.
The LEAF is roomier in some dimensions, namely headroom, but not others:

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                Weight     Length     Width* / Height   Front/Rear Headroom/Legroom/Cargo
Nissan Leaf     3500 lbs.  175.0"     69.7" / 61.0"     41.2" / 37.3" / 31.1" / 14.5-24.0 cu ft.
Tesla Model S   4647 lbs.  196.0"     77.3" / 56.5"     38.8" / 35.3" / 42.7" / 31.6 cu ft.
Chevy Volt      3781 lbs.  177.1"     70.4" / 56.6"     37.8" / 36.0" / 34.1" / 10.6 cu ft.
Toyota RAV4     3569 lbs.  181.9"     68.3" / 66.3"     40.8" / 39.7" / 41.8" / 39 cu. ft.
Toyota Prius    3042 lbs.  175.6"     68.7" / 58.7"     38.6" / 37.6" / 36.0" / 21.6 cu ft.

*width without mirrors
(Thanks to Ray for the table formatting tip to use "code".)
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davewill
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Re: Leaf vs. Tesla

Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:04 pm

gsleaf wrote:That one actually works well, but it's within reach of my 3 year old.
Your three year old can reach the center console latch from a child seat in the back?
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gsleaf
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Location: Portland, OR

Re: Leaf vs. Tesla

Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:05 pm

davewill wrote:
gsleaf wrote:That one actually works well, but it's within reach of my 3 year old.
Your three year old can reach the center console latch from a child seat in the back?
Haha, it's just when she gets in/out. She insists on climbing in/out herself and occasionally I'm not paying attention as she digs through the center console. :P

palmermd
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Re: Leaf vs. Tesla

Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:07 pm

jkirkebo wrote:
gsleaf wrote:I'm not really complaining about this, I was just curious. My biggest gripe about the Leaf is that it doesn't have a change drawer up front to put pens, membership cards, etc. in.
Huh ? What about that bin under the armrest ? I keep all that stuff there, padlock for the charging cable, iPhone USB cable, parking cards, pens etc.

I hear you can fit 7 or 8 guns in there as well.
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