Video: World’s First Nissan LEAF Owner Discusses Life With the LEAF After Nearly 3 Years Behind the Wheel

4 years ago by Electric CarsTV 7

The world’s first Nissan LEAF owner, Olivier Chalouhi, has now been behind the wheel of his LEAF for nearly 3 years.

World's 1st Nissan LEAF

World’s 1st Nissan LEAF

In that amount of time, most drivers established either a “love it” or “hate it” attitude towards their vehicle.

For Chalouhi, it’s a “loooooove it” response that grows longer by the day.

Chalouhi was asked by Nissan to provide an update on his time spent with the LEAF.  Some of his remarks are found below:

“You can put three kids in the car with no problem, which is great when you have three kids.”

“The way it drives, the silence and the comfort you get from an electric car that would be the primary choice today. And there’s an added benefit that it’s good for the environment.”

“99 percent of what I do is going back and forth to work and dropping the kids and doing some errands. And that, the car does, and I know it does because I have done it for three years.”

Chalouhi’s LEAF now has over 30,000 miles on its odometer.  This particular LEAF sees less than 50 miles of driving on a typical day.

In terms of charging, Chalouhi says this:

“You stop there for 10, 15 or 20 minutes, and you’ll get 40 to 70 percent of your battery back.”

 “Now there are a lot of charging stations.”

Chalouhi is a LEAF salesman of sorts.  He says several of his friends have bought LEAFs after test driving his and he thinks that “word of mouth” is the single biggest factor leading to increased sales.

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7 responses to "Video: World’s First Nissan LEAF Owner Discusses Life With the LEAF After Nearly 3 Years Behind the Wheel"

  1. Aaron says:

    “…he thinks that “word of mouth” is the single biggest factor leading to increased sales.”

    Yup. Just ask Tesla.

  2. Ocean Railroader says:

    What’s funny is I finally saw a Leaf on Interstate 95 it was a leaf that was on the back of a trailer being pulled by a marketing company truck for something unrelated to electric cars. But the good news is that this is the first time I have seen a fully 100% electric car owned by a citizen that was not a government car or owned by a car dealership. As for it being on the back of a trailer if it was a fully gas powered car it would have most likely been on the back of a trailer too being pulled by the marketing company truck.

  3. scott moore says:

    A real leaf user report:

    The car has a wicked over-steer and the brakes lock up easily. The range from charging varies dramatically with the temperature of the battery when the charge cycle starts, you can take it off “full charge” drive it round the block and get %10 to %20 more charge.

    Fast charge is useless. Skip the option.

    I love the car. The only problem so far is me and my wife both want to drive it.

  4. ModernMarvelFan says:

    30K miles in 3 years is nothing to brag about….

    What about that Steve Marsh guy who is on pace to get 100K miles in 3 years….

    1. TaylorSFGuy says:

      Actually should make it to 100K in 2-1/2 years in November. Thanks for recognizing what the LEAF is capable of doing. It can work as a high mileage commute vehicle. My LEAF number is 1561 and had I been given an opportunity to place the order sooner, it would have been lower. Really enjoying the LEAF. Charging costs of $0.03 per mile really help out too. Only repair has been replacing the power window switch. About ready for some new tires though. Steve M.

      1. Assaf says:

        Wow Steve, thanks for responding! I’ve been seeking more updates from you. Would you care to write a short update for this site? Also an estimate of how much gas and maintenance $$ you’ve saved over the years.

        Thanks!

        Assaf

  5. ralphcramdo says:

    Wow that’s exactly how I feel about my Nissan 370Z.