2011 Nissan Leaf

For a brief moment in time I owned the 105th Nissan Leaf built and shipped to the USA. The posts below are about my Leaf adventure.

Nissan Leaf Posts

We just caught a tweet from Coulomb about the Plugin2010 event having a Public Night on 7/27
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I don't know about the rest of you, but LeafOwner.com will definitely be checking the event out.

Plug-In 2010 Exposition Opens To The Public Get Plugged Into the Future of Transportation! Charged up about plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles? Curious to learn more and check them out yourself? As major automakers announce plans to bring these vehicles to market, get your own first-hand look at a variety of cleaner and greener cars that can lower fuel costs, greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on oil. Preview the very latest vehicles and other plug-in technology innovations at the Plug-In 2010 Public Night, and then take part in a panel discussion about your role in bringing plug-ins to market.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. For more information on Plug-In 2010 and to view our list of exhibitors, visit www.plugin2010.com.
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Vehicles scheduled for display (subject to change) include the Chevrolet Volt, 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid, Mitsubishi i MiEV, Nissan LEAF, 2010 Prius Plug-In, the smart fortwo electric drive, a range-extended electric chassis, a plug-in hybrid passenger car and more.

PANEL DISCUSSION: PLUG-IN HYBRID AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES: GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT Distinguished panel members –with a long history of involvement with plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles – will discuss their adventures in crafting educational and entertaining messages about plug-in technology. Enjoy a lively discussion to learn more, and how you can help shape a plugged-in future. Moderator: Mark Duvall, Director, Electric Transportation, Electric Power Research Institute Speakers: Martin Eberhard, Co-Founder, Tesla Motors Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” Jessie Deeter, Producer, Who Killed the
Electric Car? & Revenge of the Electric Car Chelsea Sexton, Founder, The Lightning Rod Foundation & former General Motors EV1 
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
San Jose Convention Center, Hall 1
It was a great day for future leaf owners down in San Jose. A group of us met up at the LiveStrong Challenge event going on down there today and tomorrow to check out the Nissan Leaf that was on display.

Fun was had by all, though MsLusty is still there trying to find the Tailpipe on the Nissan Leaf.

I got down there around 10am and started testing out the camera on the Leaf. The Setup was similar to what they had at the Amgen Tour Of California back in May, though they tweaked the layout a bit. Lighting wasn't great for photos today, way too much sun on half the car, and none on the other half of the car, but I tried to make due. 

Lunch was provided by Brendan from Boardwalk Nissan, a huge thanks to him for that! Word he was able to pass on as well is that Boardwalk will not be marking up the price on the Leaf over MSRP! That's great news for all of us in the Bay Area looking forward to buying from boardwalk.

Nissan Leaf DashboardWith the help of the lunch Brendan provided we managed to talk the reps into opening the Leaf up for us to take some photos of in inside, something that wasn't possible at the Tour of California.


At the end of the day those of us remaining posed for a group shot outside of the car.
Nissan LeafOwners.com Group Shot

Check out all the photos we took at the event, and possibly look for them via some other venues soon!
So today we headed out to the meetup we organized at the LiveStrong event in San Jose, it was a great day catching up with some fellow leaf enthusiasts, I'll have a full review of that event and photos posted later today.

For now though, check out the Nissan Leaf Charger Quote I just received. I got an email saying it was completed, and I was able to login to the Nissan Leaf website to retrieve the quote.

Here are the details.

product/service  total

standard installation  1,296.68

charging dock, wall mount 15' cable *  721.12

installation permit and processing  50.00

shipping and delivery  49.95

permit and inspection fee (level 1 120v/20a) 0.00

sales tax * US$66.70

total US$2,184.45
expires on 12/31/2010

and a screenshot from the website.


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So after yesterday's exciting day here on Leafowner.com we've got another first for you! Check out Lance Armstrong's new Nissan Leaf ad. Lance is starting off on the Tour De France on July 3rd, best of luck Lance! All the Nissan Leaf fans will definitely be rooting Team RadioShack along!

Now for the exclusive video

So I had my home charging assessment this afternoon for my Nissan Leaf order. Here's a quick overview of what happened, and what I learned.

I had a local electrician come by, as well as a representative from Aerovironment. I wouldn't expect everyone is going to have an AV rep at their assessment, but because today was the first day they were checking out some of the assessments to see how things can be streamlined.

So the first thing the electrician did was take a picture of the house and address. Then he inspected the box where the electrical meter is located and verified that the overall capacity of the house was fine, ours was with a 100amp (remember I'm no electrician so what I say may be totally wrong). From there he took a picture of the box and meter, then moved into the house to find the sub panel, the circuit breaker for the house. His first thought was that I would have to replace the panel entirely because it is full and old. Fortunately I showed him that we have a 220v hookup for an electric dryer that isn't being used, which means we should be able to pull the 30amp breaker for that and replace it with the required 40amp breaker that the Leaf charger will need.

He looked around the garage, told us where he would suggest installing the charger, and then let me choose where I would like it installed. We talked about the pros/cons of various locations, the main con being the 15' charging cord that will run across the floor when the car is plugged in.

The Aerovironment rep asked me a few questions such as how I thought Nissan was doing with the Leaf as a whole, to which I said I was pleased. He also made notes about items he would follow up with his supervisor on, questions the electrician had about the paperwork he had, as well as some other general things that he thinks might make the overall process smoother. 

The last thing that the electrician did was hung up a "sticker" to mark where the Charger would go. He then took a picture of that, I also took my own picture, of course
Assessment mounting location #leaf

So what's next? Well apparently the assessment will be sent to AV once the local electrician fills out all the paperwork. Then they will send me a quote for how much it is going to cost to do the installation. I think it looks to be pretty straightforward for our house, so hopefully it's not a price proposition.

We've got the scoop, hear it here first! Check out the new Nissan Leaf iAd announcement and video!

I must say, after watching this, as a die-hard Android user I have to think maybe a iPhone would work? bah I can't think like that

Nissan and its zero-emission Nissan LEAF are proud to be one of the first brands and the only automotive brand to date to use Apple’s innovative iAd for iPhone.  Just like the iPhone, Nissan LEAF is 100% electric and 100% in demand as the world’s first mass-production, zero-emission car.  iAds will help Nissan continue to reach the early adopters and target customers who have already placed more than 15,000 reservations for the Nissan LEAF, which will be available beginning in December with full mass-market availability by 2012.

The video demonstrates the functionality that the new iAd format - - launching TODAY July 1 by Apple for iPhone - - offers the millions of iPhone users interested in learning more about Zero Emission Mobility and the new Nissan LEAF.



We're in the early phases of planning a little gathering in San Jose on July 10th. There will be a Leaf on static display at a Livestrong event down there.

I'm thinking 10 or 11am, but need to find more information about the event.

Thanks to Brendan Dolan from Boardwalk Nissan for the tip on the event!

Stay tuned for more info as we get the planning together! If you're interested in attending please reply to this thread!
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