Life with the Leaf. Part two.
While going to the post office on Beverly Blvd a few weeks ago, I had noticed a few EV charging stations there. Since I wasn’t driving an EV then, I didn’t pay too much attention.
But yesterday, while looking for a place to charge the Leaf, I thought I would try.
But as you can see, these are an older obsolete kind of plugs.
The sad part is that I saw at least 25 charging stations there. All Available of course, since no one can use them. Many of them in really bad shape.
I wonder how much all that stuff did cost, a few years ago. Something that is now obsolete. And not even replaced, or updated.
What a shame…
So I went to the nearby outdoor mall, The Grove. Where they have a few EV stations.
But they are not free. They are run by a company called Blink.
It costs $2 an hour. Which is OK I guess.
I was charged 4 hours, or $8 when I got back. (Even though the charge was full after a bit over 3 hrs)
So in about 3hrs, I went from 58 miles to 101.
But. As you can see. That 101 Miles readout was pretty optimistic. Since it only took 4.5 miles of city travel to go down to an 87 miles range.
At the end of the day, I was able to plug the Leaf to the regular 120 outlet in the lot where I park it.
From there, I get about 4 miles per hour.
Like someone mentioned here in the comments, the Leaf is not for everyone. You need to figure out if it is really for you.
Getting one if you can’t plug it anywhere, or if you do over 100 miles a day is like getting a 2 seater sport car and complaining about luggage space.
So far, I really like it. It is a very nice, solid and comfortable “real car”. With more power than most other compacts on the road today.