As we’re all thinking about living a greener life, everyday changes can make a huge impact on our world. By choosing to drive an electric car, not only will you save money on fuel expense but electric vehicles are less polluting to our environment than their combustion engine counterparts. Since its launch in 2010, Nissan LEAF has been the best-selling electric vehicle in the world. The all-new second-generation design Nissan LEAF was first launched in 2018. The 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS has an increased energy density of the model’s 62 kWh battery pack and the higher output of its powertrain.
With power charging stations all over North America, owning an EV and living in a smaller space is easier than ever. To help you plan for a greener future, here’s how to navigate owning an elective vehicle while living in a condo or smaller space that may not have a charging port at home.
Find an Electric Car with a Longer Range
To decrease the stress of having to plug in your car every time you park your vehicle, buying or leasing an electric vehicle with a longer range will help it take you everywhere you want to go.
What electric car has the best range?
The Nissan LEAF PLUS new powertrain adds to the car’s range by approximately 50 percent, with an EPA range of up to 363kms. Comparatively, the standard 2019 Nissan LEAF (not PLUS) offers a 40 kWh battery pack with an EPA range of 243km.
Where can you find electric charging points?
Even if you don’t have a charging port in your garage at home, it is now easier than ever to find a charging point near you. Resources like ChargeHub have an interactive map so not only can you find the closest charging port near you, you can also learn more about the voltage, location and price per use. EV drivers are also very helpful leaving reviews and feedback on the ports.
Are electric charging points free?
While many of the rapid charging ports charge for use, there are many free charging ports available for electric vehicle drivers to use. In fact, 30% of the charge ports found in a city like Toronto are free to use. Before driving your electric vehicle, be sure to sign up for popular charge port companies like ChargePoint, Flo and Greenlots for access to faster chargers and often free access once you sign up.
What features does the Nissan Leaf Plus have?
Nissan Intelligent Driving: ProPILOT Assist
ProPILOT Assist allows you in a single lane highway driving to automatically adjust the distance to the vehicle ahead using a speed preset by the driver. ProPILOT Assist can also help keep the vehicle centred in its lane, so if the car in front stops, ProPILOT Assist can automatically apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full stop if necessary.
e-Pedal allows the driver of the LEAF to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal. This is particularly convenient in the city in ‘stop-and-go’ city traffic as the e-Pedal greatly reduces the need to shift from one pedal to the other, making driving simpler and more engaging.