garyd9 wrote:How is the leaf's comfort for an almost 6 foot tall man who is a bit overweight? I've test driven the leaf, but often times a test drive doesn't reveal some comfort issues that might be experienced driving every day.
I've read (in this forum) that some people seem to have a major problem with the leather trim seats in the Leaf. However, I can't seem to find reference to any specific problems. Is it a poor quality leather, too thin, or... what? I know that some people (who wear shorts often) don't like leather because it gets hot/cold, but that's really not a concern for me.
Eventually, I'd wire a 220 jack/charger in my garage, but probably NOT the 220v, 50amps that the nissan supplied cable expects. Am I correct that if I use a different EVSE that's designed for lower amperage, that it'd actually supply less amperage to the car?
How does the car handle and feel on a highway going 65-75 MPH? Obviously, the "engine" wouldn't be noisy, but is there much wind noise? Is the drive smooth? (No dealership wants to let me drive their car on a highway to test this myself.)
As someone who's never before owned (or leased) an EV, is there anything else I should know?
First of all Gary, welcome to the forum and to prospective LEAFing! Converting to EV is a wonderful experience in so many ways, and today’s options are pretty wonderful compared to the marketplace back in 2010 when I registered to order my LEAF. EV’s have progressed from “early adopter” vehicles to almost mainstream, in my view. I think that is because of the much greater range today’s EV’s have.
As to your queries:
1- I’m 6’2”, 250 lb, have no difficulty getting into or out of my LEAF, and I find the seats very comfortable. The LEAF is still a compact/subcompact car so I wouldn’t call the interior roomy, but indeed it is comfy. As a point of comparison, it is MUCH easier to get into/out of my LEAF than my Model 3. Right knee room is the biggest restriction for me if I get in the car after my wife has left the seat forward. In my normal driving position, even that isn’t much of a factor. My SL has cloth seating as leather was not offered on model year (MY) 2012. Like others, I prefer cloth to leather/pleather/vegan leather for comfort reasons, but that’s a personal preference.
2- As to highway driving, remember this is a real car, not a go-kart. It drives very well and smoothly at Interstate speeds. I get more road noise from the tires against whatever odd surface was last used to re-pave than I do wind or other noises...just like most cars. Obviously there are no ICE noises, but also no high speed whines from the motor nor electrical noises at speed. I also don’t understand why a dealer would not want to have you experience highway driving. I was encouraged to take mine out on the highway.
3- Lastly, I’d reconsider the choice to NOT provide a 240v charging opportunity. While many owners use 120v for their typical short commutes, and that can certainly work, a dedicated 240v charging solution is a wonderful convenience. If you have any thoughts of spending any money at all for your home’s charging setup, and you can afford to do so, I can’t strongly enough recommend a 240v solution for the speed, convenience of being able to leave the vehicle’s own charging cable in the car for emergencies, and safety of not sharing a circuit with other home uses. Also as to how much juice actually gets to the car while charging is dependent upon several things: the vehicle will only accept a certain amperage, a given EVSE will only provide a certain amperage, an electrical circuit will only provide a certain amperage, and the lowest of these rules. Circuit wiring is driven by National Electrical and local codes specifying wire size for given amounts of distance, current, and voltage and circuit breaker sizes to handle that. EVSE’s are designed to take that juice, temper it to the load the car wants and do so using standard, typically J1772, connections that have built-in safety features to allow, for example, charging in the rain outside without electrical leakage. And the vehicle will only accept so much current at a time. So, after all this, my recommendation is to determine how you want to typically park the car, determine where you want an installed EVSE to reach the vehicle’s charging port, hire a local and licensed electrician to provide current 25% greater than the maximum the car and EVSE can accept, and get ‘er done. By the way, this should “future proof” your EVSE for other vehicles you may acquire. The AeroVironment EVSE I purchased through Nissan back in 2012 provided 32amps to the vehicle, which my 2012 can’t use so the car is the limiting factor. I use the same EVSE today still for my LEAF and also for my Model 3 which can accept 48amps so the EVSE is now the limiting factor in my setup for the Tesla, even though I have it on a circuit designed to provide 60amps to the EVSE. I had this wired in case I ever wanted to buy the Tesla EVSE which can provide that 48amps to my car.
Apologize for the long rant...and good luck with your decisions and EV ownership!