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The Nissan LEAF has been around since the 2010 model year. It got a complete makeover from top to bottom last year and alongside the new looks, it also got bigger batteries and a much-improved range – making it far more useful than ever before. Although I’d never driven one, it was firmly on our list as possibly the next car in our driveway when our present lease was up. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one for a week, but now I have. One thing for sure is – it didn’t disappoint.
One big misconception out there is that once an EV battery has outlived its usefulness, it’s dumped into the ground like garbage, and disposing of those batteries creates an environmental hazard. If that were the case, EV’s are actually bad for the environment, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Canadian International AutoShow, in keeping with its 2018 theme of The New Movement, will offer free electric vehicle test drives to anyone attending this year’s show – Feb. 16-25 at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre – as long as they are 21 and have a valid driver’s license. Eight manufacturers of EVs – Nissan, BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Volvo – will display cars like the Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3 in the EVolution Zone. General Motors and Ford (along with the previous eight) will offer up cars for test drives in nearby special sections in both the convention centre’s North and South Buildings. As well as the Leaf and the i3, other EVs available to test will include the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt, the Outlander PHEV, the Honda Clarity, the Volvo XC40, the Hyundai IONIQ and the Ford Focus Electric.