Submitted by pencil2man on April 25, 2013
My friend took me to look at a Nissan Leaf. Lots of ooogles at my S model. I did learn 3 interesting things about their product/package:
1) Brakes operate using magnets so that there are no pads to replace. I do not know the effects of power consumption to do this vs activating disk brakes. Also, the TESLA is quite a bit heavier than the Leaf. (4,647 lbs vs 3,340 lbs).
2) Nissan Leaf has an option to use a quickcharge network which delivers 480V DC through a much larger Plug, (about 5" dia.). Can our Tesla S utilize this network or is the SuperCharger network the only one possible?
3) Nissan is allows each buyer 10 free rental car days per year for trips where they don't take their Leaf. I believe I understood that the car must be left at the dealer during this rental time.