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Nissan Leaf tour kicks off this month  (Source: Nissan)
Drivers can schedule test drives at each tour location

One of the more anticipated electric vehicles coming to the U.S. market is the Nissan Leaf. The problem for many is that the Leaf won't be offered in many Nissan dealerships around the country leaving those interested in the car without a way to take a test drive to decide if the Leaf is for them.

Nissan is addressing the issue of test drives and ramping up the public visibility of the Leaf with a nationwide test drive tour that is coming to many major markets around the country. Nissan is kicking off the tour on October 1 and will be setting appointments for consumers to come in and take a test drive at each event. 

The first of the tour dates is October 1 in Santa Monica, California. After the Santa Monica tour, there are more in California and then Nissan will hit other states around the country with the final date for the tour in late March in Nashville, Tennessee. Nissan says that the goal for the tour is to give drivers the "Opportunity to learn about the car, its technology, its features and to actually take it for a test-drive," reports 
Inside Line.

Nissan has an interactive website for the Leaf tour that show all the dates and locations for the tour across the country. As the tour dates come close, drivers interested in taking the Leaf for a spin will be able to register for a drive right from the special tour website. Some of the dates set for next year don’t have a firm location set for the tour, but they will be coming soon according to Nissan.

The Leaf is a fully electric vehicle with no tail pipe, unlike the Chevy Volt which uses a gasoline engine to produce electricity for the vehicle when a longer driving range is needed. The MSRP for the Leaf is $32,780 before a federal tax credit ($7,500). The Leaf can travel at up to 90 mph and has a 100 mile driving range per charge.



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Crazy idea
By acer905 on 9/9/2010 12:27:07 PM , Rating: 1
What would happen if you bought a Leaf... took it to home depot, bought this:
http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Outdoor-Power-Eq...

And then threw it in the back of the car.




RE: Crazy idea
By Dr of crap on 9/10/2010 3:20:23 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting idea.
Maybe the battery only car people might think of this as an accessory.
It would extend the range, and keep you from being stranded!

Sort of a Volt / Leaf hybrid!!


RE: Crazy idea
By Moishe on 9/10/2010 3:22:56 PM , Rating: 2
:)
You'd drive down the road with an extension cord from your window to the plug. You'd lose half of your interior space. You'd breathe the exhaust from the generator and die. You wouldn't be able to listen to the radio because of the generator noise.

I could go on.


What the hell?
By YashBudini on 9/12/2010 10:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
A tour?

It's a puny little car, not a rock band.




RE: What the hell?
By tng on 9/13/2010 12:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
My thought exactly.

When this same car can get 200+ miles on a charge at a decent average speed, then we can start a hyped up "Rollout Tour"


What I want to see...
By quiksilvr on 9/9/2010 10:36:57 AM , Rating: 1
I think the most ideal way to ensure long battery life is to not have one plug for the car. Have four. Using 240V (or insane 480V) does indeed decrease charge time immensely, but literally eats away the life of the battery.

Having four separate 120V plugs (one for 1/4 the battery) is the best solution. You charge it a lot faster without harming the batteries. Or hell, have 4 60V plugs at home so your batteries are charged slowly (roast rather than toast)




RE: What I want to see...
By Moishe on 9/10/2010 3:16:00 PM , Rating: 2
True, but most people don't get that you'd need each of those plugged into a different circuit. And they you have extension cords all over. If they had it, it'd be easy to put in four outlets in the garage on different circuits.... but if you're going to do that, might as well have a couple of 240v outlets installed.


I'll pass..
By The0ne on 9/9/2010 1:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
As an interested consumer in the product and highly anticipated the test going on here in town, San Diego, I have now stuck my middle finger at Nissan. Whatever the hell they're doing here in terms of "testing" is beyond anyone since there hasn't been much news about the charging stations or the performance of the cars themselves.

Figure being here I would have a great chance to see them first hand but no. So fck you Nissan and I hope it fails. Charging stations? What charging stations O.o Do you mean that lonely station there? That's for everyone to use right?

I am upset about this whole thing. Nissan is really just riding on the news press of the release while news press of testing has been silent.




OMG!
By IcePickFreak on 9/9/2010 6:53:43 PM , Rating: 2
OMG the Nissan Leaf is coming to town! I'm gonna... I'm gonna... I'm gonna... totally ignore and forget it.




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