Let’s see now… the economy sucks, the job market is in the toilet and now consumers that are interested in electric cars need to start worrying about range anxiety. For those of you that don’t know what this new term is, let me explain it for you. Range anxiety is caused by the fear that your beloved electric car is going to run out of juice before it gets you to your destination. Owners of electric cars like the Nissan Leaf know exactly what I’m talking about. You see Nissan stated that the Leaf would get an estimated 100 miles per charge, but as predicted, their owners are now finding out that they’re getting significantly less. In fact in some cases consumers are getting only half the advertised mileage. According to MyNissanLeaf.com, owners are complaining that the range estimates given by the Leaf’s battery gauge are not accurate at all.
For instance one owner stated, “Went from 17 to —- to turtle to dead in about 5 miles. 2.3 miles from dealer. 4.2 miles from home. Part of me is amused that I may go down in history as the first dumbass to drive the car into submission. But I am slightly shaky and upset as I thought there should have been no problem getting home.”
This is particularly frightening for owners as you can’t simply jump start the leave once it’s battery pack is dead. Instead you have to find an outlet, plug that sucker in and then weight at least 6 hours before you can continue your journey – talk about a way to ruin your evening. This owner is apparently not the first to complain either as more and more people are coming forward. So, if you’re wondering what it’s like to own an electric car then I’d suggest you head on over to MyNissanLeaf.com and get real life opinions on what it’s like to live with these little buggers on a daily basis.