Be an EV owner in S.E. Alaska!

If you're new to Electric Vehicles, please call!  We're huge proponents of the EV movement, have tons of experience and a genuine willingness to answer all your questions.  One test drive and you'll be hooked!  There's never been a better time to GO ELECTRIC!!




How can I be sure the Leaf I'm buying has a good battery?  At Fishbone Motors we take all the guesswork out of battery health and test the actual SOH (STATE OF HEALTH) of every Leaf's battery pack before buying.  We use a specific OBDII (On-Board Diagnostic) tool and software app (LEAF SPY) that gives us an exact readout of the battery condition.  We only buy cars with stellar readings and can perform this test for you, in person, whenever you'd like to take a look at a car!  Never buy a Nissan Leaf without getting this specific information!!    


Is cold weather bad for my EV battery?  Actually, just the opposite is true!  Leafs love the cool weather and are virtually bullet proof in mild to chilly climates. While you might use a bit more battery power to keep your car's cabin warm while driving in the winter, the much more important fact is that long-term battery life is greatly increased in cooler conditions.  Inversely, excessive heat can speed up degradation, thus decreasing overall battery life!  So while there are exceptions, cars that spent their lives in hot climates like CA, NV, AZ and NM will tend to have a lower battery State of Health.  This is another reason why getting a LEAF SPY report is vital and can safeguard you against buying a car with sub-standard battery health. 


Nissan has also put a lot of thought into mitigating cold weather issues.  To maximize driver and passenger comfort, they've installed heated front seats in all of their Leafs and heated steering wheels are also a popular option.  A Climate Control Timer is standard on all models.  This amazing feature allows you to preheat the interior of your car before entering.  Few things are better than climbing into a toasty car on a cold winter morning! 

What maintenance is needed for my Leaf?  Insiders joke that the only maintenance necessary is changing tires, brakes and wiper fluid.  Even brake jobs are few and far between with the Nissan Leaf because there are up to 4 driving modes, 3 of which are designed to utilize regenerative braking, thus requiring less brake pedal and actually feeding power back into the battery as the car slows.  There are also far fewer moving parts in an EV, so gone are the days of tune-ups, oil changes, head gasket repairs, timing belt replacements, water pump and radiator issues, etc...but most importantly, no more trips to the gas station!


How do I charge my Leaf?  There are 3 levels of charging options and you can charge your car either at home or one of many public charging stations.  Most EV owners charge at home.  Your car comes with a "LEVEL 1" charging cable - one end plugs into a charge port at the front of your car and the other end plugs into any standard 110 volt wall outlet found throughout your home.  This will slowly charge your car and most owners plug in when they get home from work and let the car recharge over night.  The next option is "LEVEL 2" which plugs into a 220 volt outlet (similar to the outlet used for your clothes dryer).  This will charge your car much more quickly, but usually requires an electrician to wire up a 220 volt outlet near your garage, or they can hardwire a line than can be connected to one of the popular brands of wall-mounted LEVEL 2 chargers, such as Siemens, Clipper Creek and Juicebox.  In Juneau, if you have AEL&P install a dedicated LEVEL 2 circuit for your EV, you'll receive a 50% reduction in electrical rates when charging during off-peak times, and additionally, you can even rent a LEVEL 2 charger from AEL&P for a reasonable rate if you're not interested in purchasing your own.  (See the links below and call your utility company for specific details - highly recommended!).  The fastest means of charging is the "LEVEL 3 - DC QUICK CHARGE" which is typically not  available at home due to the high voltage requirements.  LEVEL 2 and LEVEL 3 chargers are available at many public stations for a fee, but recently, the city of Juneau, in coordination with Renewable Juneau and the Juneau EV Association, has installed LEVEL 2 and LEVEL 3 chargers (CHAdeMO configuration only)  in town and they are FREE OF CHARGE!!  LEVEL 3, for example, can fully charge a 24 or 30 kWh Leaf in approximately 30 minutes!  LEVEL 3 charging does require the optional Quick Charge upgrade feature, but all Leafs sold by Fishbone Motors do have this upgrade!  Also, we recommend downloading the PLUGSHARE app on your phone.  It will locate every charging station nearest your current position when you're on the move.

How will my Leaf handle in the snow?  Leafs are actually known to perform quite well in snowy conditions. They have a very heavy battery pack that runs along the underside of the car, creating a low center of gravity.  This stability, paired with standard front-wheel-drive, results in solid yet nimble handling.  The Leaf, however, is still a 2-wheel drive vehicle, so we do recommend studded snow tires in the winter.  Always play it safe and never drive beyond your ability or in severe conditions.


Why does there seem to be a discrepancy between retail price and KBB (Kelley Blue Book) values?

The unfortunate truth of the matter is that KBB, NADA and other "Car Valuation" sites are simply way behind real-world pricing when it comes to Electric Vehicles.  This disparity has occurred because over the last 2-3 years, newly imposed and extremely stringent, state-sanctioned emission standards in Canada, Europe and now Asia, have caused a huge demand for Electric Vehicles abroad, so a large percentage of lease-return EVs are purchased and shipped north or overseas to help comply with these heightened standards. This greatly reduced supply has naturally driven up local demand, as well as price.  In many cases, we literally can't buy these cars wholesale for what they're supposedly worth retail.  It's an unfortunate reality, but something we will have to cope with until current sales data has time to assimilate into the system, yielding more accurate real-world valuations.  Our goal is to get as many Electric Vehicles on the road as possible.  We painstakingly inspect and select only premium cars with superior batteries and will always do our best to offer these EVs at fair prices.


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