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Nissan LEAF vs. the Volcano

by Paul Strauss

The Nissan LEAF isn’t exactly known for its long range. In fact, the LEAF in this video basically used up all of its electricity driving to the summit of the 10,000+ foot-tall Haleakalā volcano in Hawaii. But Nissan used the opportunity to prove a point about the regenerative braking capability of electric cars by braking and coasting back down the mountain – which allowed the car to regain a significant charge by the time it reached the bottom.

It’s an interesting driving strategy, but we’re not sure we’d want to rely on it for long drives. We certainly wouldn’t want to get all the way to the top of a tall climb with no battery left – only to find out there’s a plateau we have to drive on before we could come back down.

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