Mummy Blogger Describes Life With The Nissan LEAF (Videos)

MAY 19 2015 BY MARK KANE 29

2013 Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Nissan recently released a few videos featuring Dawn Brown, mom of two, who decided to buy a LEAF as the second family car.

The LEAF quickly became the primary vehicle, fulfilling almost all needs.

According to Dawn, driving is easy, charging is convenient and you can turn on heating 5-minutes before departure.

Well, it’s not strange that with such positive feedback sales of the LEAF in the UK spiked to 1,254 in March and 1,704 in the first three months of 2015.

“Mummy blogger Dawn Brown explains why the Nissan LEAF is the perfect family car.”

“Mummy blogger Dawn Brown explains how easy the Nissan LEAF fitted into her daily routine.”

“Mummy blogger Dawn Brown tells us her favourite feature of the Nissan LEAF.”

“Mummy blogger Dawn Brown loves the relaxing ride in her Nissan LEAF.”

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I have to admit I was a little disappointed this was not about a mummy.

Yeah, I was expecting a person wrapped in bandages.

Me too. I was expecting to see something like this, but in an LEAF. 😀

Pfft, Americans!*

*Says the dude from California 😀

Nissan seems to be trying very hard to convince us that the current Leaf range is just fine, probably because they don’t have an extended version coming up for 2016.

I haven’t spoken to a single other Leaf owner that does not want more range. No matter what Nissan says the range of the Leaf is far too low.

It’s perfect for me. You drive too far and spend too much of your precious time on this Earth in the car.

I would bet that the leaf coming out for 2016 is not going to have anymore range then the 2015 version.

Yep, I agree. I expect that a longer range Leaf will be, at the earliest, MY 2017 (perhaps Fall 2016?). I don’t think that they will bump up the range more than a few percentage points until the second gen. Even then, we’re probably talking about ~150 miles mixed real world and maybe 110 – 120 all highway.

Yep, higher range vehicles on the horizon is why I just gave my Leaf back to Nissan rather than buying it out at end of lease. Plus, I need something bigger and able to accommodate my family and all of our trip cargo since we’re going one car for awhile. Still, I don’t think this is Nissan. I think this is legit. Keep in mind that this lady is in Britain where their towns and cities are far denser than ours and they seem to have more aggressively rolled out EVSE infrastructure. Additionally, they have better rail infrastructure for many of their long distance trips. I don’t know how long they’ve had their Leaf, but she did say they’ve used their diesel 4×4 only once since they got the Leaf. This is a case of different needs in different regions. California is building up its rail infrastructure (finally) so here in urban areas, their situation applies. It may also apply in New England. However, large areas of the US are still rural (Alaska and the Mid-West come to mind) and since they won’t be building HSR anytime soon, long range BEVs make the most sense for those areas (or perhaps… Read more »

How many mom’s drive more than 50 miles from home on a daily basis? With 6 kW home charging, the LEAF can add 20 miles extra per hour of charging.

A home-based LEAF should be able to cover over a 100 miles of under 70 miles trips without interruption of a daily schedule. Not just the LEAF, but B-Class, eGolf, Soul EV, etc. can excel as a home-based vehicle with very low per mile operating costs. (an important factor for having a predictable budget)

Quite right on the range complaint. My 12 Leaf is now at 87% SOH. This year was its third winter, and its actual range dropped to 36 miles if full, 30 miles if filled to the recommended 80%. But since you don’t want to drive it to the last electron, the real range if charged to the recommended 80% was about 24 miles until the Low Battery warning light comes on. My commute is only 9 miles one way. Adding a short errand easily pushed my driving for the day out to the 24-mile mark, so I was nervous several times this winter. It’s embarrassing to tell your friends you can only safely drive 24 miles. All this on a vehicle with 23k miles and the climate control set to 62 F, and Nissan told me the battery was A-OK when I asked them to check it. Bear in mind that the reported range on the Leaf and the actual range are never the same. This winter the range gauge was always about 40-50% off. Moreover, my lease buyout of $18k is a joke, when 3-year-old Leafs can be bought at $13k retail. It’s going back, despite their offer to… Read more »

If you were seeing 36 miles full, why didn’t you take it back to Nissan to have the battery checked out? I’ve survived the last two deep freezes on the east coast and never once saw range that low when full.

As I mentioned above, I did take it in; they said it was fine.

They even told me I should be able to drive the displayed range with no problem. So if it said 60 miles, I knew it could only ACTUALLY travel 36 miles, but they said it should go 60. My dealer is a bit clueless about these cars.

I asked them about roadside assistance, and they confirmed that if I was caught short, that roadside assistance would take me to the closest charging station. I was so mad I was tempted to do this every day until they agreed to address the problem, but it’s just too inconvenient to press the matter.

As with Ms. Brown, our Leaf is a second car which has absorbed 90% of all the driving. My kids have also become expert Leaf spotters. It’s nice to see the Leaf working out for regular folks.

Take a trip here to Silicon Valley. Especially during rush hour. Your kids will be calling “LEAF!” almost continuously.

You can go two to three weeks without seeing a single pure electric car on the roads in my area.

Same here. I’ve seen less than a dozen Leafs in 3 years. People in EV country have no idea how it is elsewhere.

Although I work in (and occasionally fly to) Silicon Valley, I live in Dallas, Texas. You rarely see LEAFs there. Mostly Volts because the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex is so damned big.

Try mid of nowhere IL or IA or MO, NOT only you won’t see LEAF, you won’t see Volt either. You will be lucky to see few Prius if at all…

I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well. And I have noticed certain pockets of EVs in areas. For example, in Tarrant county, I have noticed Mansfield and Keller seem to have a lot of EVs. I also see a lot of EVs in North Dallas and downtown Dallas. Basically, the higher income areas are where I am seeing the EVs.

And “Tesla!”

The Fiat 500e cars got popular recently and now I’m seeing more Spark EVs too after their price cut.

Even our here in “backwater” Sacramento you can spot a number of Leaf’s, Volts, and Tesla’s. Also, as Speculawyer said, the Sparks and Fiats have been on the rise here too.

If the Leaf really absorbed 90% of your driving, is it truly your “second” car? Sounds more like your primary car to me.

You’ve got a point, you’re right 🙂

I wonder how long luxury ICE cars can keep on going without some sort of pre-heat and pre-cool feature?

I can’t see luxury car consumers a decade from now being satisfied to step into boiling hot or freezing cold expensive luxury cars.

Car makers will have to at least do a PHEV big enough to be capable of pre-conditioning the passenger compartment.

Yea, it is sad if that really is what drives the EV/PHEV revolution, but frankly I think that is big enough a benefit of electric vehicles that gas car owners will demand it too.

Ah . . . but they can’t do it with an ICE car without starting the engine.

I guess hybrids could do it though.

Uh, they already do that. I’ve had a Cadillac Escalade start up next to me with no one inside. Scared the bagezez out of me. A couple minutes later, the whole family was getting in the car and I can here the A/C blasting as they were getting in. So, yes, they do it. And yes, the engine roars to life when they do it. So that won’t be the driver of EV/PHEV adoption.


Well . . . people better be careful about using that feature in enclosed spaces.