Nissan Leaf: The Little Car that Could


d2-01-nissan-leaf20161227The road is a substantial part of life’s journey, both figuratively and literally. Like it or not, the road will eventually hold a significant portion of our lives as we make our way through city and rural streets on a daily basis. Through the traffic of the metropolitan streets and the less-than-apt condition of the national roads of this nation’s capital, the daily drive of any citizen gets stagnant, and fast. To this condition, road trips are aimed to solve. A once-a-month trip down fresh and new roads does much to appease the burden of city-street exhaustion and gives the driver and gives way to an appreciation for what’s around him that can be easily taken for granted and undervalued. This is exactly what the boys behind the 100-percent electric Nissan Leaf addressed as they took the idea of driving through majestically rural roads, gave it steroids, and actually did it.

A road trip of epic proportions – this is what the Nissan Leaf and all of its 100-percent electric powered goodness took on as it drove through over 650 kilometers on the most beautiful rural and coastal drive routes of Europe just on August 25, 2016. The epic journey saw the Nissan Leaf drive through the most majestic roads in Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Scotland and France. Rightfully a statement directed at the majority of European drivers who prefer traveling by car that by any other means, with cost of fuel being the only concern, the Nissan Leaf did all of this traveling while showcasing its incredibly low running cost of just about €3 per 100 kilometers, thanks to the Leaf’s 30-kWh battery offering 250-kilometer driving range per charge. Of course the convenience of having around 2,800 quick charge stations across Europe is a big help as well. The practicality, user-friendliness, and fun of driving a zero-emission car has never been as deep set as it is today.

“The Nissan LEAF is much more than just a city car and is an ideal zero-emission solution. With five seats and 370 litres standard luggage capacity, the Nissan LEAF 30 kWh is perfect for those long family getaways this summer. LEAF’s low running costs and quiet drivetrain make family holidays cheaper and more peaceful than ever before,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles at Nissan Europe.

“What’s more, the Grand Tour demonstrates Nissan’s commitment to our vision for intelligent mobility, showing how innovative technologies are helping to integrate EVs into modern family life,” he added.

Pioneering car
Nissan pioneered the electric vehicle movement with the introduction of the world’s first mass-market EV, the Nissan LEAF, in 2010. Since then it has gone on to sell over 228,000 LEAFs globally, with more than 59,000 of these gracing the roads of Europe, making it the world’s best ever selling electric vehicle. The Nissan Leaf is a breakthrough piece of engineering that embodies the utmost in technological development without leaving behind what has always made the brand great: innovation that excites.

The open road has always been a place where a person could lose himself. Be it while traveling unfamiliar territory or making the daily long drive to the work place. There are good days on the road as there are great days. There will however also be bad days as there are bound to be worse days. But through a daily journey of unpredictable ups and downs on the road, making it in the right, capable car, might just be the key to turning the worst day into one you can smile about in the end. The Nissan Leaf, with its proven land-traversing capability, might just be the key.


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