My name is Ricardo Borba. I live in Ottawa, Ontario and I’m the owner of the first Nissan LEAF delivered to a consumer in Canada. I decided to create this blog to document the whole process of registering, reserving, purchasing and owning an electric car, and hopefully share the experience with others interested in the LEAF.
I’m particularly interested in monitoring the progress of the car in terms of operating costs and performance, particularly under the harsh Ottawa winter! This should offer a different perspective compared to the weather conditions the Leaf has been exposed so far.
I’ve been charging the LEAF at home with an L2 charger from AeroVironment. My employer (IBM Canada) has also allowed me to charge at work as an incentive for alternative fuel adoption. I’ve been using a standard 110 V outlet in the parking garage, charging during mid-peak hours.
I estimate we’ll be driving 20,000 Km per year with the Leaf as our primary car. We have a second car, which we plan to use for longer trips.