Electric car, now!

Hmm. I joined the very exclusive club (here in Finland at least) of electric car owners. I bought an used Nissan Leaf. That was quite quick as not a week has passed since I first test drove an electric when I rented the Leaf. It’s a case of a car being too good.

The experience in itself was a bit involved but the car seemed to be without fault. I test drove it overnight so I could check it as good as possible and even quick charged it as a very first thing after it was handed over for test drive. I think they should start a coffee shop, a library or something at the Aviapolis Europcar. Or maybe they should erect the quick chargers somewhere there already is such services… But we did leaf some books where there were pictures of Finnish nature and chatted with the rental clerks.

It’s a bit funny how thoroughly I checked the car, and probably hadn’t done if it wasn’t such new technology. When we bought our 407 we test drove it for some half an hour, didn’t bother even asking the previous owner about the car and just absentmindedly checked the known problems with the model. With the Leaf I called the previous owner and asked about the car’s history, asked around for pointers and even took the car to the nearest Nissan dealer for battery analysis.

The guys at the Nissan dealer were super nice and the guy who drove the car inside the hall for analysis was laughing out loud as he had a blast creeping up on someone else in the hall with the car. =D

The car is awesome and seems to be near mint even though it’s done almost three years and 56000km as a taxi in Helsinki. The only thing that has a bit more used feel is the steering wheel. May be I have to do something about it. Maybe some leather care or smthng. During my evening ride I even found the eco-mode. Maybe I should test next how much range I can squeeze out of a full charge.

Some day pictures, maybe?

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