Range anxiety remains a major impediment to the widespread adoption of the electric car. After all, America is a big place, and plenty of us see more than 200 miles of highway every week. But imagine, for a moment, that you’re living in a city, taking public transit to and from work, and rarely driving far from home. Maybe you want a car for your trip to the grocery store once a week, to visit your brother 20 miles away, or to take Max to the good dog park—the one in the next town over. If any of this sounds familiar, you may look at an electric car and think, “Hey, that’s not a bad idea.”

For apartment-dwelling shoppers who drive only 200 miles per
few weeks (or few months), electric cars offer a compelling proposition: low
maintenance, low running costs, and a small environmental footprint. To see
just how easy living with an electric car in the city is, I decided to try it

Picking the Electric Car

Okay, so I didn’t really pick the car in this situation. Nissan lent me a 2020 Leaf SL Plus. With an EPA-estimated 215 miles of driving range, it would get me around town for my typical errands, and I’d still be able to drive my normal testing loop without worrying about running out of charge. I’d likely have to plug it in once or twice before returning it, giving the delivery driver a full battery for the drive back to the garage.

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By: Matt Smith
Title: We Tried City Living with an Electric Car
Sourced From: blog.cargurus.com/2020/05/01/we-tried-city-living-with-an-electric-car
Published Date: Fri, 01 May 2020 14:03:03 +0000

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