The Nissan LEAF and EV Scavenger Hunt Experience

October 28, 2020

The Nissan LEAF and EV Scavenger Hunt Experience

Rick Reeser, a local Gree­ley res­i­dent, recent­ly leased a Nis­san LEAF and has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in Dri­ve Elec­tric Colorado’s EV Expe­ri­ence Scav­enger Hunt. One of the Dri­ve Elec­tric Col­orado team mem­bers spoke with Rick about his expe­ri­ence with the LEAF and his insights on the scav­enger hunt. 

Rick leased the Nis­san LEAF on Octo­ber 17, 2020 upon hear­ing about the great EV Deal offer from Tynan’s Nis­san — $49/month for 24 months! Already hav­ing done the research on elec­tric vehi­cles and fas­ci­nat­ed by the sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy behind them, Rick was excit­ed at this oppor­tu­ni­ty to dri­ve elec­tric for such an afford­able price. The LEAF is a wel­come upgrade from his Prius C, with bet­ter accel­er­a­tion, a stronger engine, more pow­er, and, of course, nev­er requires a trip to the gas sta­tion. Rick also likes the LEAF’s safe­ty fea­tures, includ­ing the blind spot and lane depar­ture warn­ings which alert him about near­by cars and unin­ten­tion­al lane drift, as well as rear-cross traf­fic alerts that assist with back­ing out of spaces where you may not see approach­ing traf­fic. These fea­tures make dri­ving eas­i­er and Rick appre­ci­ates the high-tech specs of the LEAF. Anoth­er rea­son Rick has enjoyed dri­ving the LEAF so far has been its con­ve­nient nature, espe­cial­ly for short­er trips. As a retiree, Rick says the LEAF is more effi­cient for short trips with­in range, as he doesn’t need to com­mute and has the time for slow­er charg­ing at home. He hasn’t used any pub­lic charg­ing sta­tions yet but has found the 110v Lev­el 1 charg­er, a reg­u­lar three-prong out­let in his garage, ade­quate for his charg­ing needs. For those who may need to com­mute to work, dri­ve more often, or have larg­er fam­i­lies, a dif­fer­ent elec­tric vehi­cle may be a bet­ter option. How­ev­er, the LEAF has suit­ed Rick’s needs per­fect­ly and he’s excit­ed to con­tin­ue dri­ving it for the next two years. When his lease ends, he plans on pur­chas­ing or leas­ing an elec­tric vehi­cle over a gas-pow­ered car, and would like to see what options and tech­nol­o­gy will be avail­able in the future. 

Rick has also been par­tic­i­pat­ing in Dri­ve Elec­tric Colorado’s EV Expe­ri­ence Scav­enger Hunt, a fun way to learn about and become aware of elec­tric vehi­cles by com­plet­ing app-based mis­sions and tasks. He start­ed play­ing in ear­ly Octo­ber and has earned points for mis­sions such as test dri­ving an elec­tric vehi­cle, get­ting infor­ma­tion about tax incen­tives from a deal­er­ship, and shar­ing how he would spend the $4,000 he could get from Col­orado state tax cred­it, eli­gi­ble in 2020. Even though the cash prizes are a great incen­tive for play­ers, Rick is hap­py to be leas­ing an EV and list­ed dri­ving his Nis­san LEAF as an incen­tive in itself. This scav­enger hunt is run­ning until Jan­u­ary 1, so any inter­est­ed par­tic­i­pants can still join by down­load­ing the Goose­Chase app and enter­ing game code “4XWJGB.”

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