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On the very day they delivered the Nissan Leaf, the petrol price suddenly inflated by, like, 1 000 per cent.The Nissan Leaf is electric. That’s it. Review done. This is probably all you need to know. But if you feel you need more salient arguments, here they are… ROBOT FLIRTABILITY 7/10 Okay, so it looks a bit like a frog perched on the above-mentioned leaf. But a very charming frog with goggly eyes that bat only for you.The fact that the Leaf is absolutely silent may be unnerving for your average punter, hell, it’s unnerving for me – have I actually switched it on? But because it is heavily branded as an electric vehicle, you get a lot of inquisitive engagement and that is not to be sneezed at.And it really is fun to stealth cruise. Just saying. DESIGN KUDOS 9/10 It is electric – I just love that. I am very biased. There, I have said it.The technological prowess of the whole thing impresses me tremendously. But the Leaf is also the beneficiary of some Nissan bells and whistles. So, think super-luxurious trimmings – a little pop-up screen that shows your rear activity, and a lot of roomy room in this eco-charmer. IMPACT ONYOUR POCKET 7/10 Look, the initial buy-in is pricey.The whole package will set you back about R450 000, but, no more petrol shocks for you! They come and install an electricity pump at home and, if you hook it up to your solar panels, then you are entirely off the grid. Each charge sets you up to go for about 150 kilometres. So this is very much a city run-around, but Nissan is collaborating with other manufacturers to place charge points at Gautrain stations and other key points, so that you can take your Leaf further afield. Watch this space – it is a happy place.