I didn't know that Japan had so much EV infrastructure in place. That's good to know. I would like my next car to be at least a hybrid, if not a full EV, if possible. Hopefully there will be a wider selection of hybrid/EVs in Japan by the time I move there. I recently read an article written by someone who drove an EV in Quebec, Canada in the middle of winter. That part of Canada is supposed to have a high number of EVs on the road, as well as a (relatively) large number of charging stations. The author still had a rough time of it, though, but that was largely due to the weather and where he was driving (straight from the city out to the countryside and back). Where I currently live, every time you spit you hit a Tesla. So the drawbacks that author faced don't apply here, or possibly in Japan.Zasso Nouka wrote: ↑Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:41 amWe have a couple of vehicles, our main one is a 40kwh Nissan Leaf. It's a lovely drive but the main benefit for us is not having to buy petrol anymore. Previously we used to spend around 30,000円 a month on petrol, now we spend 2,000円 on Nissan's ZESP2 card and have unlimited use of public fast chargers. Although Nissan fitted a 200v socket at home for us we hardly ever use it as the public chargers are plentiful and easy to use when you are out shopping or running other errands.
Pro Pilot makes driving on highways and large roads really easy as it takes over driving for you. It steers the car and maintains speed and brakes for you, all you have to do is keep your hands on the steering wheel. Long highway journeys are nowhere nearly as tiring as normal manual driving.
Being able to turn the HVAC system on from your mobile phone is a nice feature on frosty winter mornings so you don't get into a freezing car and the heated steering wheel and seats are also pretty comfy.
Acceleration has to be experienced to be believed, floor the pedal and it's like driving a missile. Proper thrown back in your seat kind of stuff, the torque is instant and as there are no gears to step up through it's continuous. Great for merging on a motorway.
If you get a Leaf2Home fitted it can act as a house battery which can be pretty useful during typhoon season or other emergencies or if you have solar fitted and want to use that power at night.
We also have a Daihatsu kei truck much like Shizuman's but ours doesn't have reclining seats and it's a real workhorse. We use it for hauling all sorts of things and it can get seriously overloaded at times yet still manages to make it home. It's a real trooper and the 4 wheel drive option means it never gets stuck no matter how muddy or snowy the terrain can be.
Previously we had a Daihatsu Move which was a really fun car to drive, it had a massive front window which gave great visibility and unlike many older kei's had loads of room inside. You could really stretch your legs out inside and didn't feel cramped at all, even with 4 people inside, you could even lay the seats out flat and use it as a camper. We never felt like the engine was straining on the highway, ok a sports car it is not but it could hold it's own quite easily.
If you are looking for a nice 2 person car with plenty of luggage space and occasionally needing to accommodate 4 people then a Move could be a good choice. We took ours all over the place and had some great trips up into the mountains to visit hot springs.
My only criticism would be that the engine isn't designed for longevity, once they get to around 160,000 - 200,000km they start to get very expensive to keep going.
Have you all seen Honda's EV prototype? I really like the way it looks: https://jalopnik.com/honda-shows-a-near ... 1832934529.
I had lunch with a coworker who spent the whole time bitching about how EVs are actually worse for the environment than ICEs because batteries are so toxic. Not sure I totally agree with him, but he does have a point.