Extreme Testing the Nissan LEAF
When you stop by a dealership like Connell Nissan, all of the shiny new Nissan models are all nicely lined up in our showroom and out in the lot, just waiting for a Costa Mesa driver to take one of them for a test drive. But they don't just appear here magically overnight - cars like the Nissan LEAF go through an awful lot before the end up here in California.
Specifically, it's important for automakers to ensure that drivers will be safe no matter what the weather or road conditions throw at them. And one of the major phases of testing a vehicle goes through before it goes into production and is shipped out all around the globe is extreme condition testing. This is especially important with the new electric technology that powers the LEAF.
Carmakers know how gasoline-powered cars will react if they plunge into a river or are struck by lightening, but in the LEAF the entire powertrain could react differently. So, Nissan put the LEAF through some pretty extensive tests - from plunging it under water to shocking it with extreme amounts of electricity. What did the tests reveal? Well, even when driving through a foot of water, the car didn't stall, and the electrical components didn't even flicker. Even when the car is struck by a man-made bolt of lightning, and the dash and all of the components remain intact.
And how does the LEAF fare in other weather conditions? Well, it seems, from the congested roads of Paris to the cold and snowy back roads of Alaska, the Nissan EV has no problems.
With all of this testing, you can be sure the Nissan LEAF will do just as well on the streets of Costa Mesa as it does around the globe - no matter what the weather is! Stop by our showroom today at 2850 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 to go for your very own test drive.