Before you start:
Ensure that the car is not plugged into the charging unit. If so, follow the “How to charge/ stop
charging the vehicle” guide for how to disconnect.
Starting the car
1. On the lower left side of the steering wheel is a starting
button. Press this once and a message will appear on the
dashboard telling you to apply the footbrake.
2. With your foot on the brake pedal press the button
again and the dashboard will light up along with a nice bit of “Trekie” music. This
indicates the car is operational and ready to go.
3. No Trekie music and white bars on the eco meter? This means you didn’t have your
foot on the centre brake pedal or you have been logged out, in which case use your
smartcard to re-log in.
4. Using the gear selector select Drive by pulling the gear
knob towards you and down. A little orange light will
indicate you are in forward drive. Should you require
reverse, the same procedure applies but the knob goes
forward. To disengage the gears for parking simply
press down the P button.
5. The Nissan Leaf has an ECO mode that restricts power in order to extend the range of
the battery. To engage, move the gearshift into Drive a second time. Shift to Drive a third
time to deselect ECO mode. You will see the word ECO on the display when engaged and
we recommend this mode at all times.
6. The car's handbrake is actually a footbrake and is located on the left side of the
driver's foot well. Push down on it and slowly bring your foot up to release
it. (Reverse procedure to apply) Do so with your right foot on the main
footbrake in the centre of the foot well.
7. With this icon displayed in Green on the dash you are
now ready to move off. Slowly release your foot off the
brake pedal and the car will start to move. Use your
right foot only and control the accelerator pedal and
brake pedal as required. Left foot should only be used
for the parking foot brake
Priced at £5.50 per hour or just £38.50 for any 24-hour period with no mileage fees.
Key vehicle information
Maximum range 80-100 miles
Average range 70 miles
Top speed 93 mph
A really useful small guidebook by Nissan is in the glove box which is useful to refer to if you
are unsure of any of the switches in the car.
Use the power meters in the centre of the dash to help you drive the car most efficiently the
fewer white dots the better on display whilst driving.
The car is equipped with regenerative breaking which means as you free wheel or brake the
car turns that slowing down action into energy which goes back into the battery and gives
extra range. This is indicated by the green lights coming on the power meters left side.
On the lower right of the display is a mileage number indicating the approx. number of miles
you can travel from your battery.