If you liked our show on California’s push for electric cars, you might be interested in checking our guest Paul Scott‘s blog. He’s just back from Japan, where he test drove Nissan’s new all-electric “Leaf”:
Since I’d driven the GM Volt not too long ago, I could fairly compare the two in terms of acceleration. I’d give the nod to the Volt on that score, but just barely. The Leaf had plenty of power in the lower speeds, but it leveled out just a tad as I got over 60. I didn’t try to hit the top speed, but did get over 70 quickly and it was still pulling strong as I let off. On the third lap, I was feeling like I could push the curvy section and did. The car responded perfectly, hugging the road and steering predictably. I learned later that this is a consequence of having the bulk of the weight distributed tightly in the lower center of the car. This eliminates yaw of the vehicle when turning hard.
Just a reminder, too, if you need more to satisfy your EV hankering: we interviewed big-deal electric car mavens Shai Agassi and Elon Musk last year. Finally, check out this video of the 2011 Chevy Volt being test-driven by Paul Scott and other members of his organization, Plug In America: