Despite the overwhelming advantages of used electric and hybrid cars, many are still dubious about switching from what they have been used to for years. Since the success of the Nissan Leaf, the first mass-produced electric car, other manufacturers have followed suit and embraced the change to a new way of motoring.
The choice of electric cars is now more diverse than ever, offering a variety of functionality and styles. From the compact Renault Twizy to the generous Tesla Model S and X, they appeal to a wide range of target audiences. It's been boldly stated that electric car owners is unlikely to return to conventional ICE cars due to the superior driving experience. If you are considering whether an electric car is indeed the way forward, Eco Cars can name a few reasons why you should join the millions of happy electric car owners:
Zero Emission: This is one of the main reasons why electric cars were developed- the electric motor means that there is no fuel input and thus no waste emission from the vehicle. Electric cars are one of the most environmentally friendly methods of transport available. More importantly, zero-emission means zero road tax!
Low Running Costs: At a rapid charging port, a Nissan Leaf can be discharged and charged up to 80% capacity in roughly 20-25 minutes. With most charging stations payable by the hour and the tremendous range achieved by newer models, electric cars can be extremely cost-effective to run.
Reduced Maintenance: There are simply less moving parts on an electric car thus fewer chances of something going wrong. Electric motors do not need oil and air filter changes, no lubricants and spark plugs and other bits and pieces. Over its working life, an electric car will require fewer garage trips than the conventional ICE car.
Smoother Driving: Strictly speaking, electric cars can be fitted with a manual gearbox, except for the fact that there is simply no need. An electric engine generates sufficient torque from standstill, and the continuous acceleration offers smoother driving experience. As a bonus, no gearbox, no expensive gearbox replacements.
The Nissan Leaf is available in 3 different trim levels: Visia, Acenta and Tekna. Externally, there may not be much of a difference, but users will most definitely notice a difference inside. Read more below for Nissan Leaf trim levels.
Visia is the most basic model of the Nissan Leaf family, reasonably priced and spacious with all the advantages of an electric car.Often with no battery lease, it offers excellent value for money as a used car as the quality is in no way compromised.
The mid-range Acenta has the addition of the infotainment screen which provides vital analytical information about the car's battery level and current usage. It also comes with alloy wheels and most importantly, a fast charging port which is self-explanatory.
At the top of the range, we have the Tekna, on which you can find 17-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights. With additional luxuries such as leather seats and Bose speaker upgrades.
Are you familiar with the Nissan Leaf range? The mileage range is one of the most feared and loved aspects of an electric car. It's one of the most probed prospects, and you will no doubt eventually come across the term "Range Anxiety". This term is coined from the early days when the electric car charging point network was still in its embryonic stage, leaving then-electric car owners in a potentially vulnerable position if they were not able to reach the next charging point before the range of their car runs out. This has of course been vastly improved with the development and gaining popularity of electric cars.
The first incarnations of the Nissan Leaf utilise a 24 kWh battery and promise a range of 84 miles on a single charge. In 2016 a larger battery version was introduced, at 30kWh the range has been increased to over 100 miles on a single charge. In models with the infotainment screen such as the Acenta and the Tekna, detailed energy usage and the remaining range is displayed precisely to allow for accurate planning of the journey ahead.
Although the maintenance costs are significantly lower in an electric car, your primary ongoing cost may be leasing the battery. It's a scheme introduced by Nissan in 2013 as a way to lower the initial cost of the vehicle, so it's more affordable. As the only component in an electric car which experienced mechanical wear as the vehicle ages, the leasing option also acts as a form of warranty on the battery. Any cost of repair or replacement is the responsibility of the manufacturer.
There are options to buy the battery outright, so the entirety of the car belongs to you. Although this raises the initial cost of the vehicle, it removes the mileage restriction of most battery lease contracts, allowing for a large degree of freedom. It also means that there are no ongoing costs apart from any potential finance of the car itself and the cost of electricity to charge the car, which is significantly less than the cost of fuel in an ICE car.
Eco Cars has over 20 years experience in working with alternative fuelled cars and you can expect nothing less than honest, professional service. We have helped happy customers across the UK become proud used Nissan Leaf owners, carefully matching their requirements to the perfect vehicle.
There is no better time than the present to pick up a great bargain in a used Nissan Leaf. Used models offer excellent value for money with no compromise on the quality thanks to the robust capabilities of the battery other reliable components. All of our vehicles come with transparent history and receives a full service and valet before being listed with UK-wide delivery. If you have any questions about any of our cars, or about electric cars in general, please don't hesitate to get in touch to speak to one of our knowledgeable team members.