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USA: Five Top Accessories and Modifications For Your 2011 Nissan Leaf

The 2011 Nissan Leaf has now been for sale in certain U.S. markets for nine months — just long enough for the accessories and aftermarket market to catch up and offer everything from custom wheels to body kits for Nissan’s first all-electric hatchback.

We’ve already covered fan-run projects to reduce charging time and improve the Leaf’s range calculations — but what about other accessories and modifications can you add to your Leaf to make your daily life that little better?

Here’s our top five accessories and modifications we think no Nissan Leaf owner should be without.

Apple iPhone or Android smartphone

Carwings — Nissan’s on-board telecommunications system for the Leaf — contains an onboard GPRS modem to enable you to remotely check the car’s state-of-charge, set remote cabin heating and even set its GPS unit to a new destination.

But while you can visit the Carwings website to control your car from any modern Internet browser, we think the best way of keeping tabs on your Leaf is via the free iPhone and Android smartphone applications.

Easy to use, and always in your pocket, it helps make sure you never have to worry about range anxiety — or getting into a cold car — ever again.

Tinted windows

No — tinted windows aren’t just for drug-dealers, movie stars and members of the mafia — they can help reflect some of the sun’s heat to keep your car cool in hot weather.

Keeping the interior cooler helps reduce the need to use the Leaf’s air-conditioning. In turn, of course, that will improve your car’s range.

And of you’ve got a young family or pets, it also reduces glare and helps them sleep more easily in the car.

Although the European specification Nissan Leaf comes complete with a moderate tint on the rear windows and hatch, the U.S. specification Leaf doesn’t.

This is because certain states prohibit the use of window tinting if it means traffic cops can’t look into the car from outside — so if you do want to tint your Leaf’s rear windows be sure to double-check the tint won’t cause you to fall foul of any local legislation.


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