yakers wrote:I did not drive the Leaf as my wife just doesn't like the way it looks. A friend has looked into both and he is leaning toward the Leaf becasue it is boxy and carries a lot of stuff and he wants to advertise 'electric car'. The FFE is just like a 'normal' car in how it looks and how it drives. We did drive the Mitsubishi and it was terrible. It was like a golf cart, felt it would be dangerous in the highway. While my wife likes the efficency and quiet of her FFE, I appreciate what a good car it is, good acceleration (electric torque come thru there!), solid thunk when the doors close, comfortable seating and general ergonomic layout. I enjoy driving it regardless of it being electric.
Well said, Yakers. Pretty well sums up my feelings as well. The argument can cut both ways, but I personally feel having a global car platform with overall higher production is the better approach to electric than a purpose-built platform. There are so many aspects that go into building a car that I don't want one designed for a niche, unknown market at this point. Corners are cut, sacrifices are made, etc...the bean counters are watching after-all . The downside of the argument is weight and space, but with the way the FFE drives, handles, and is efficient, those are two compromises I can live with for a more solid car all-around. Not advertised as electric/hybrid/green is huge for me.