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Grrrrr. I have been explaining the Nissan LEAF's virtues to my friend.

By Stephen Turvil
Jun 11, 2012
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Grrrrr. I have been explaining the Nissan LEAF's virtues to my friend. But he does not care that it is powered by electricity and has zero emissions. He could not give a monkeys that it has a range of up to 109 miles either - or that this varies according to the conditions. Racing uphill uses more power than rolling down, after all. He also showed no interest in the fact it takes twelve hours to charge the LEAF via a standard plug, or that this can be reduced to eight by installing Nissan's 16A charging system. And guess what? Revealing that an 80% charge can be completed in thirty minutes via a rapid charging point failed to stir his soul too - even though their locations are stored in the on-board navigation system.

This bloke is really frustrating. All he cares about is money, paint colours, and extras. Fair enough. I give up. The Nissan LEAF costs from £30,990, but this falls to £25,990 courtesy of the Government's electric vehicle grant. This price includes kuro black paintwork – but pearl white, force red, sky blue, and universal silver increase the cost to £26,430. The rear roof spoiler with its solar cells adds a further £260. This, on clear days, charges the LEAF's battery via sunlight. My irritating mate can also have sixteen-inch alloys for £799.99, front parking sensors for £365.21, and body protecting side mouldings for £189. Very nice, but the LEAF's range, handling, refinement and space impress me more – and make it one of the most versatile electric vehicles on the market. That must be more important than paint.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jun 11, 2012