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Old 04-06-2011, 10:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Nick Chambers did an article (http://www.plugincars.com/buy-nissan-le ... 06740.html) comparing the Leaf and the Ford Focus Electric. He looked at 7 aspects to compare them.

FIRST he looked at handling. He gave the nod to the Ford FE based on his experience driving the gas version of the Focus. Thatís hard to dispute and in general EVs handle well because the battery pack adds to a nice low center of gravity for the vehicle.

SECOND to be examined was CHARGING times. Here Chambers took the Ford FE to task for its lack of a fast DC charging option. By the end of 2011, there are slated to be 400 DC fast charging station, for the entire United States, assuming that they do not go on the chopping block in a Republican lead Congress that has little taste for such things.

As great as DC fast charging stations would be for the occasional recharge, they are not intended to be a regular source of charging for the vehicle. Indeed, the warranty for the Leaf states that regular use of the DC fast charge feature would invalidate the warranty, and donít think they wouldnít know it either. GM and Nissan are using the cars' built in connections to track the performance of these vehicles very closely. I doubt that would be an issue anyway, the chances that a charge station will be built near you and be convenient to your daily commuting pattern in the foreseeable future is slim to none.

There is one place that is convenient to most EV owners for charging. Their garage. And thatís where the Ford FE shines. The real story here is how Nissan in its rush to catch up with GM faltered in this decision. 15 amp charging is OK for the Volt and its roughly 10kw of usable battery, but 15 amps to charge a 24kw battery pack, is too slow. Fordís recharge rate is 20-30 mile per hour or 3.5 hours for a full charge. The Leafís is 10-15 miles/hour recharge or 8-10 hours for a full charge. I can tell you from owning and operating a BEV since 2001 and driving the Volt since January this is the only relevant charging scenario for the vast majority of buyers for these cars. Before they even had the Leaf in the hands of 300 Americans, Nissan had to acknowledge this blunder by announcing that the next model year would have 30 amp recharge capacity.

Tomorrow Iíll take a look at the other areas of Nickís article



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Thanks for posting good info Charged Up!
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