Electric Nissan holds its own, stays in its lane in the slippery stuff.
How does the new Nissan LEAF handle the slippery streets of a snowy Canadian winter? Pretty well, apparently. At least, it certainly seems that way judging from the video above. In it, EV Revolution YouTube channel host Kenneth Bokor backs his all-electric baby out of the garage and onto the snow-covered roads of Ontario, Canada for a little traction testing.
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With the outside temperatures a chilly -15 Celcius (5 Fahrenheit) and 5 to 7 centimeters (2 to 2.75 inches) of fresh fluffy snow on the ground, conditions are somewhat treacherous. Bokor has wisely equipped his car with snow tires -- a set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3 205/55r16, to be exact -- which anyone living in colder climes ought to do. They really make a huge difference.
The LEAF appears to pass its first tests easy enough. It zips through a roundabout with aplomb and accelerates pretty quickly from a dead stop. The traction control system fires up a light on the dash to let him know it's doing its job. Bokor reports that with a significant amount of throttle, there is no slippage. Even while accelerating in a turn he notes no sliding as the car keeps going where the steering wheel points.
Another interesting test was the e-Pedal stop. Basically, while on a snow-covered road traveling at 80 kph (50 miles per hour), Bokor lets off the accelerator. From there the strong regen of the e-Pedal system takes over and slows the car down, bringing it to a stop. Importantly, it does the job without locking up any of the tires and thereby maintaining control. Nice!
There lots more to check out, including a donut test, so what are you waiting for? Press play!
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