Nissan LEAF Test Drive Review In Ireland – Video

3 years ago by Electric CarsTV 5

We find it rather beneficial to evaluate some test drive reviews of plug-in vehicles where the reviewer is conducting the test in some other country.  This allows us to evaluate the plug-ins international impact.

Nissan LEAF in Ireland

Nissan LEAF in Ireland

Sometimes, a certain plug-in vehicles seems to make perfect sense here in the US, but then that same vehicle doesn’t sell well elsewhere.

Often times, this is due to differences that we don’t immediately pick up on here in the States.

For example, a vehicle like the Tesla Model S sells well in the US where we love BIG automobiles, but will it sell well in the UK where the largest auto driven there is typically half the Model S’ size?

That’s just one example of how regional differences come into play in relation to plug-in vehicle acceptance.

But is the Nissan LEAF subject to these regional ups and downs?  If any plug-in vehicle is immune, it seems the LEAF is it.

Globally, the LEAF is the #1 selling plug-in vehicle.  It’s not even a close race.

Having now gone way off track, we return to the focus of this article.  Here’s a test drive video review of the Nissan LEAF from Ireland, a place where plug-in vehicles struggle for sales.

“This is a the big test, is it possible to live with the electric car and can you really drive on motorways with the new LEAF?”

Even in Ireland, the LEAF seems to appeal.

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5 responses to "Nissan LEAF Test Drive Review In Ireland – Video"

  1. Anon says:

    If it’s cheap enough, it will sell…

    1. offib says:

      €25,000 before reductions. That is near (less than €1000 more) to a base 1.6 bluemotion Golf.

  2. GSP says:

    The Leaf should be a great car for Ireland, especially now that they have quite a few DC fast chargers.

    The reviewer liked it, but he still had some of the typical misconceptions about EVs, like the heated seats and steering wheel being “top spec” instead of standard equipment, and thinking they would have a significant impact on range.


    1. offib says:

      There’s always hold back. For one, a lot of people who are liekly to buy a new car (mid 30s and over or fleet wowners) haven’t even heard of an electric car that was on sale, not even the Tesla Model S.
      That’s all despite the government’s (ESB’s) best efforts to raise awareness every year.

      There’s constant misunderstanding with charging. People who I know were convinced that when a LEAF for example charges up for 4 hours, they must wait for 4 hours to go anywhere, and don’t get me started on the 80%-100% trickle.

      The two most infurriating objection are plenty of people’s (from bloggers to plenty of car reviewers on newspapers) object to that there’s still no infrastructure and that a 20 minute wait at a petrol station (where there’s coffee, tea and scones) while rapid charging is too much for them and doing it twice to go across the country is a waste of time.

      There’s one in the Independant. “I’d need to stop twice at designated fast-charge points for at least 30 minutes each time. And travelling to somewhere like Mayo would be much more difficult and much slower.”
      That’s a guess. The trip to Mayo is 155 miles, that’s not difficult. 155 miles in the UK with its iffy infrastructure would be easy enough.

      And again, they report waits of well over half an hour because they don’t know about the 80%-100% trickle charge.

  3. RedLeafBlueLeaf says:

    As an American LEAF driver who also spends lots of time in Ireland, including the north, I think it would be a terrific car on that island. The climate is cool, which is perfect for minimal battery degradation, but the temperature never approaches the ultra-freezing zone that kills the car’s range.

    It’s an island, so you can only go so far – there isn’t any sense of “well, 6 times a year I have to drive from St Louis to Minneapolis for family so I can’t have a LEAF”. In addition, public transport in terms of trains and express buses is great (and, unlike large parts of the US, taking a bus is not akin to sitting with the local crystal meth addict society but instead is what the business people do) so when you do need to go outside range you have tons of options.

    Then throw in the fact that the cities, while not large, are compact and dense per normal old world standards. Belfast, for example, has about 600k people in the metro area which for most of the US means a city with a token down town and hundreds of square miles of car-centric sprawl. But downtown Belfast is as busy as much larger cities with great public transport and is hugely walkable, so if you were visiting from a distance you’d actually be better off to arrive via public transport.

    Last, and not least, there is a ton of EV charging stations. Unfortunately I often see them ICEd and have never seen them in use, which probably has more to do with the relative cost of the cars. But even with that caveat I could make the LEAF work much more easily in Ireland than in most of the US.