Electric cars are more than just a revolution in reducing emissions; they are quieter, smoother, cheaper to operate than conventional car, and it’s making true believers out of owners. In a recent survey, more than half of Nissan LEAF owners said they would never go back to gas after driving electric, and 95% would recommend it to a friend.
That’s just a taste of the revelations brought about by the survey on the fourth anniversary of the first LEAF sale. For example, one Aston Martin owner traded in his sports car for a pair of LEAFs, and another LEAF owner claims he has spent just £400 ($626) in 22,000 miles of driving. 93% of LEAF drivers use it as the primary family vehicle, and 64% say it’s a better driving experience than conventional gas-powered cars, especially when it comes to fuel savings. The average LEAF owner reported savings of £250 a month, which gives you an idea of just how expensive fuel is in the UK, and 41% of owners say it has positively changed their view of driving in general.
Granted, this does come from a country that can be crossed in less than a day. However, studies have shown that even the 83 miles of the Nissan LEAF is enough to cover about 95% of daily driving trips, even in America. For everything else, there’s the Tesla Model S, though LEAF sales have taken off in the past year, especially in the US and Europe.
I know electric cars still aren’t for everyone, but as more people get behind the wheel, the benefits EVs will become better known. Not only do they cost less in fuel, but maintenance is pretty much non-existent, as is motor noise, and the seamless shiftless transmission means no more herky-jerky shifts as you accelerate. With more than 150,000 Nissan LEAF EVs now in service across the globe, going electric is proving to be more than just a fad. It’s a better way to drive.