Frequently Asked Question

Driving the Leaf is a pleasure, but if you’re unfamiliar with electric and automatic cars you might find this information helpful. You will also find useful information in the glove compartment in the car.

The car should be fully charged but if you are going on a long journey you may need to stop for a top up. It’s a good idea to plan your journey. The on board sat nav screen has info on the nearest charge points and, is really useful.

 Make sure the car is not plugged into the charging unit! See “HOW TO CHARGE / STOP CHARGING THE CAR” for a guide to disconnecting.

 This car will drive if you are logged in with your Co-wheels smartcard. To log in / out, hold your smartcard next to the blue square reader on the windscreen. (It works from inside or outside)

IT’S AN AUTOMATIC... you use your right foot to accelerate and brake - just like a petrol automatic car. Rest your left foot - you only need it when you park up, to engage /

disengage the parking brake.


1. On the lower left side of the steering wheel is a starting
button. With your right foot on the brake pedal, press it once. The dashboard will light up with a nice bit of “Trekie” music. You will see a green car icon with a double arrow. This means the car is operational and ready to go.
No music or lit up display? This means that either you didn’t have your foot
on the centre brake pedal or you have been logged out, in which case use our smartcard to re-log in.

2. 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. To Reverse, push the knob forwards.

To disengage the gears for parking (or when you are stopped at traffic lights), press the P button. Parking mode will stop car from rolling backwards if you take your foot off the brake.
The display will show D for drive, R for reverse, P for parking or B for braking mode. (See “ECO DRIVING / EXTENDING THE BATTERY RANGE” for more on Braking mode.)

3. With your right foot on the main footbrake, push down on the parking brake with your left foot and slowly bring your foot up to release it. The parking brake is tucked away on the left side of the driver’s footwell, and you may have to look for it the first time you use this car!

4. Slowly release your foot off the brake pedal and the car will start to move. Use your right foot only to control the accelerator and brake pedals as required. You won’t need to perform hill starts with handbrake as automatics in drive or reverse mode will automatically move when you take your foot off the brake pedal.
Not moving? Is the parking brake (left foot) still on?


1. To stop the car for a very short time (e.g. Traffic queue), put the gear knob into Neutral and press the brake pedal so that you don’t roll back.

2. To stop the car for a couple of minutes (e.g. Traffic lights), press the P button on the gear knob. This stops the car from moving forwards or backwards and you can relax your right foot.

3. To park the car, press the P button on the gear knob and press the parking brake with your left foot.

4. To turn off the engine, press the on/off switch! If you forget, the car will beep when you open the driver door.

Don’t forget take out all your things - remember any CDs - switch off lights, wipers, radio, unplug charging leads and lock the car by holding your smartcard over the reader. Thank you!