Owners will be glad to hear that after about a year of use, the Nissan Leaf retains about 95% of its original cost to the buyer. According to Automotive News, the Leaf holds its value better than the Chevy Volt and the Toyota Prius, its two closest competitors. This does account for the $7500 federal tax incentive when factoring the original cost but it is still excellent.
The Nissan Leaf is a five-door, all electric vehicle that runs on a 24kW lithium-ion battery pack. The power generated by the electric motor comes to around 107 horsepower and 208 lb-ft of torque. This powers the Leaf to a top speed just under 90 mph and from 0 – 60 in under 10 seconds. Real world experience puts the range of the electric vehicle at around 80 or 90 miles. All of these numbers suggest that the Leaf would be an excellent car to get around the city in and for small trips around town. You can charge the battery back to about 80% in 30 minutes using a 440-volt “Quick Charge” stations which should only become more common as time passes.