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My Love Affair with the Nissan Leaf: The SilverLeaf Chronicles: I

Contributed by Dr. Sarah

My love affair with the Nissan Leaf began a year ago.

A month ago, I became the delighted owner of a Leaf that I’ve named “The Silver Leaf.” Hence the “SilverLeaf Chronicles.” Of which this is the first installment.

But perhaps I should say my love affair with the all-electric zero emissions Nissan Leaf really begins with my love for my kids. I became what I call an “unlikely environmentalist” when I realized that global warming poses a threat to my children’s health and well-being. When I understood that our addiction to coal and oil and gas was contributing to dangerous weather events and bringing tropical diseases to North America, I started down the Fierce Love path to protecting the planet for my kids– for all the kids we love fiercely.

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Which brings me back to the Nissan Leaf. And the expected and unexpected delights of joining the community of electric car owners.

A year ago, my 9-year-old son– aka The DudeSter– was playing with a boy whose mom rolled up in a Nissan Leaf. She happens to be a very health-conscious family doctor.  We talked about how the Leaf– not their minivan– serves as the primary car for their family with three kids.  Ok, this can work as a family car.

I knew my car needed to be replaced. And I knew I was going to replace it with the greenest car I could. And it needed to work as a family car because I have two growing (READ: fast growing!) boys.

Meanwhile, my beau’s brother got a Leaf that they use as a family car with their two kids. He’s a geeky Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He crunches the numbers. He persuaded me that not only can this work as a family car, but leasing can be be affordable– and a way to keep moving up with fast-paced advances in green car technology.

I test drove a Prius, and hated the way it handled. I knew my brother, who’s driven a Prius for a handful of years, didn’t think they were safe with pedestrians because of the blocked vision for drivers and the lack of engine sound to cue pedestrians that a car is present. Plus, hybrids run not just on batteries but on gasoline (READ: global warming pollution).

So… I went to the Autobarn in Evanston IL, test drove the Leaf with Martin the sales guy who loves the Leaf he owns– and signed a three year lease.

Now, I drive the SilverLeaf. A really well-designed affordable family car that doesn’t need gasoline. Ever.  I drive guilt free.

And what’s really cool– and unexpected– is I’ve joined a small but growing community of electric car drivers. We find each other and bond. It’s a great, fun social perk. Who knew?

Wanna join us in going green and getting happy? Follow me on Twitter @drsarahsviews as I chronicle our family’s journey through life in and out of the SilverLeaf!

June 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm Leave a comment


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