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Healy: Nissan LEAF Is Delight to Drive

USA Today columnist shares his impressions of electric car test drive.

Published: 20-Sep-2010

By James R. Healey

Electric cars have been around as long as gasoline versions, but their limited range always outweighed the fact that they are simple to use and easy to drive.

Electrics were big in the early part of the last century, largely because gasoline vehicles had to be hand-cranked to start — a difficult process that left some unwary folks with broken bones when the crank kicked back.

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