It doesn’t matter how much you like the idea of the electric Nissan Leaf – if it doesn’t suit your lifestyle, it won’t work for you. Why? Well, Nissan claims it has a maximum range of around 124 miles on a single charge, but from our experience of the car, you’d do very well to achieve that. We reckon it’s better to work to a maximum of around 90 miles, and even then we’ve seen the range drop drastically in cold weather. Recharging it from a normal domestic socket takes eight hours, and that’s provided you have somewhere convenient to charge it in the first place.
If you’re a low-mileage driver, however, whose journeys tend to be strictly regimented, the Leaf could pay some massive dividends. Firstly, tailpipe emissions are zero, which makes it exempt from road tax and the London Congestion Charge, and it’ll cost you peanuts to charge. It’s easy to drive and comfortable, too.