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Nissan Leaf, please help me win this electric car!


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Written on: 19 November 2010 [01:23]
chughes123
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registered since: 19.11.2010
Posts: 4
Nissan has their new electric car coming out and they have this event called the Drive Electric Tour. Has anybody gone to one of these?
There are a total of 23 events where consumers can test drive the Leaf and learn a lot about it.
You first sign in and get a yellow wrist band and then when your group is up you can start the tour thru a few enclosed structure where a tour guide shows you some of the technology of the car.

After these exhibits you can go on a test drive, and after that there is at least 1 car opened up so that you can mess with the controls and computer all you want (and look under the hood all you want as well!).

The car is a lot of fun to drive! Tons of torque at low speeds. I didn't have a chance to go on the highway with it.


What many people don't know is that you also can have the chance to win a Leaf. You make a 30 second movie on why you deserve to get the leaf and then Nissan posts this on their website. The person who recorded their video has to get others to vote on their video, and the person with the most number of votes wins an electric car!

Here is the link to the events thru December, I think you have to register and log in to see all the events, which go thru the end of March.
nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/events/index#/leaf-electric-car/events/index

Also, could you look at my video and plz plz vote if you want to? I really want a go at winning this
drivenissanleaf.com/Win/Vote.aspx?b=248ZRV8WHPN9
Tell your friends if you really like my video and would like me to win icon_wink.gif

It is kind of a crummy video, it was on the spot and doesn't truly show what my projects would be for the car.

For instance, I would (try to) add cameras in the blindspots and connect them to the computer that refreshes the computer screen in the center of the dashboard, customized alarm system, train horns (under the hood so no additional air drag), gain 'root' access to the computer, ecetera!

With gaining 'root' access to the computer, mods and tweaks might be able to be made to the drivetrain, such as a larger battery pack and changing motor behavior. Very cool stuff for an engineering student like myself.


Cheers! And thank you for reading

Oh and I made some videos while at the event of the car's controls, which include showing how much energy the heater takes, headlights, how quiet the windshield wipers are, ecetera.
youtube.com/danwat1234 --> click on "Date Added" to see the Nissan vids listed.
Written on: 19 November 2010 [11:32]
ecoadmin
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registered since: 20.07.2007
Posts: 586
Hi there and welcome to the forums!
Voted for your video icon_smile.gif Seems like you enjoyed the testride!
I also watched the video you made and it looks like the car is well designed. Is it correct the heater takes about 5000 Watts to heat the car?
How does the system work...? I assume the power is used to fuel the AC, so no electric heaters, right?

Written on: 19 November 2010 [20:26]
chughes123
Topic creator
registered since: 19.11.2010
Posts: 4
Yes it seems as though if ya turn up the heat all the way, the heater will take around 5000 watts. I know, its huge. It alone would drain the 24KW battery pack in ~4.8 hours. So in winter don't expect 100 miles range! I may try to get a electric sweater or something that plugs into the cigarette lighter, might eliminate the need for much heat.

So, the heat comes from a resistive heater, not a heatpump. So think space heater or hair dryers.
The car does have air conditioning, I didn't test that but I doubt it would use much more than 1500 watts full blast.

Yea the car is a lot of fun!

Written on: 21 November 2010 [11:08]
chughes123
Topic creator
registered since: 19.11.2010
Posts: 4
The heating of the cabin is done by a resistive heater (think the efficiency of a space heater or hair dryer), the ACing of the cabin is done by a compressor.

So heating takes up a lot of power, and yes from what I saw it took up to 5,000 watts. I didn't get a chance to test the AC but I am sure it would be something under 2,000 watts of draw.

It all runs off the battery pack, or if your plugged in, some or all is drawn in from the power outlet.
Written on: 24 November 2010 [01:29]
ickibar123
registered since: 24.11.2010
Posts: 1
I voted for you, told my friends about it and I sincerely hope you win! We need your kind of engineering to promote this vehicle and to improve it.
Am I the first 1 to vote for him!!?
Written on: 01 December 2010 [04:07]
chughes123
Topic creator
registered since: 19.11.2010
Posts: 4
ickibar123 wrote:

I voted for you, told my friends about it and I sincerely hope you win! We need your kind of engineering to promote this vehicle and to improve it.
Am I the first 1 to vote for him!!?


Thanks everyone for voting for me. I only have until around 12/9/2010 to get votes for my video, then the time is up.
Thank you all, and if anybody here wants a test drive, I live near Portland Oregon..if I win the Leaf that is!
Written on: 24 November 2014 [09:36]
xamgin
registered since: 24.11.2014
Posts: 10
I voted for you and I hope could you win




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