Nissan used to lead electric car sales in the United States regularly with its first generation LEAF, which became available in the U.S. in 2011. But, at least anecdotally, it does not seem to be doing nearly as well with its second generation LEAF in the U.S., of which I have seen exactly three in a full year of looking here in the Denver, Colo. area.
There is still a lot of misinformation and anti-electric car stuff being pumped out onto the internet by folks who, for the most part, have a vested interest in the continuation of #BigOil's economic -- and environmental -- hegemony. One of the biggest myths about electric cars is that they are "too expensive". Not true. Simply. Not. True. Case in point: My own experience owning, and driving, an electric car for the past five years.
So, ironically less than 24 hours after writing and posting two blog entries for SolarChargedDriving.Com on my frustrations with premature tire wear on electric cars ["Premature tire wear on electric cars" & "Tire makers need to make better tires for electric cars"], I ended up getting a flat rear right tire in my 2017 Chevy Bolt.
So, after writing a blog entry about my less than impressive experience with tire wear and electric car driving across the past four and a half years, I've got a cadre of "fans" in a Chevy Bolt Owner's Facebook Group who are saying -- many in very patronizing fashion -- that the problem with my Chevy Bolt tires is not the tires: It's me!
So, the standard line about electric cars and maintenance is that they require a lot less maintenance, and money, than gasoline cars. With four-and-a-half years of electric car driving under my belt, I can attest to the truth of this statement: My personal experience has shown that EVs require A LOT less money to maintain than gas cars. This is true for everything -- except when it comes to tires!
2,400-mile road trip in Chevy Bolt shows long-distance fast charging infrastructure not ready for prime time
Barring the unforeseen, my two daughters and I will complete our 2,400-mile round trip road trip in our all-electric Chevy Bolt tomorrow evening in Littleton, Colo. I would definitely do this round trip again in my Bolt -- which is a joy to drive. But more DC fast charging stations along the route THAT ACTUALLY WORK are needed.