Nissan LEAF Test Drive Reveals Range Variability

NY Times reporter Jerry Garrett reports on his experience with electric car.

Published: 17-Jul-2010

MALIBU, Calif. — Test driving a preproduction version of the Nissan Leaf electric car here this week, I was reminded of the old story about the guy who installed so many fuel-saving devices on his car that when he started it up and drove away, his gas tank overflowed.

After a 12-mile test drive, the Leaf wound up with more miles showing on its range indicator, than it had when I started. I began with a range of 97 miles; I returned with 98 miles indicated.

How was that possible


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