Less Commonly Advertised Perks of Driving Nissan Leaf
Center of Gravity and Going Over Bumps
"As I have driven my Leaf I have come to appreciate the unexpected perks of owning an EV at the same time. An example would be that the center of gravity is different, as a result going over bumps and such I don't have to worry about my engine scraping the ground. A lot of the sharp nose dive intersections, or property entrances and exits where you see marks of the other cars on the ground, the Leaf just scoots over without even kissing the ground. Train tracks are particularly fun as well, I don't even slow down going over those now, the car just goes through it without a care. Anyone else enjoying the less commonly advertised "perks"? Things that after driving the Leaf for awhile you suddenly realize you'd miss if you had to go back to driving an ICE?" asked Nakatomi and here are some interesting replies current Leaf owners wrote discussing the perks they enjoy while driving their Nissan Leafs.
Gas Price Fluctuations
Another perk of driving a Nissan Leaf is the fluctuation in gas prices. Many people take the gas price hikes very close to their hearts. They are obsessed when the gas prices go up or come down even by few cents. Who doesn't look at the price of gas when passing a gas station?
But when you drive a Nissan Leaf or another electric car the gas prices become irrelevant for you. For millions of EV owners they have already been irrelevant in the past 2-3 years. One Leaf owner in the above-mentioned discussion comments that their "electricity is still 12¢ per kilowatt-hour, or about 3¢ per mile." EV owners now count their blessings that the fluctuations in gas prices no longer hurt their family budgets.
Many people probably don't know that electric cars, and Nissan Leaf in particular, have regenerative breaks.
One Leaf owner mentions the regenerative braking fun as another less known perk of driving a Leaf. "It is fun to go into high mountains and watch the battery meter go up on the way down," he writes in the discussion.
If you own a Leaf or another EV what are some of the less known perks of driving an electric car? Please share your thoughts and tips in the comments below. Also see here about the hidden benefits of plug-in vehicle ownership.