vger105
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Anyone ever run out of juice?

Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:44 pm

My wife came home with barely any juice left in our Leaf, maybe 5% Had she run out and called Nissan Roadside Assistance, what would they have done to help her? Do they carry around a portable quick charger? Has that ever happened to anyone?9

jjeff
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Leaf Number: 422121
Location: MSP MN

Re: Anyone ever run out of juice?

Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:23 pm

I've never ran out but did just get 2 wheels in my garage(where the EVSE was) once when I was trying to run the car very low to do a 0-100% charge. I was able to keep the car on and in neutral and with the help of a neighbor, push the car in the garage to charge it.
My daughter got even closer to total discharge, she only made it 5' short of the garage and the car totally died. Wouldn't even go into neutral to push it the final 15'. As my garage EVSE wouldn't reach I had to resort to the 120v EVSE and an extension cord. After a couple hours on 120v I tried starting the car to get it in the garage and plugged into my L2 EVSE, but it was still too low to go into gear :x I was able to shift into neutral though and with help was able to push it into the garage where it sat for the next 6hrs charging on L2.
I really doubt a tow truck would carry around a L3 EVSE and my experience tells me even a L2 EVSE may require several hours to get the vehicle to move very far, no I'm guessing they'd probably just tow it.
This also kind of shots my original idea of carrying around a 12a 120v portable Honda generator, if the Leaf got that low it would literally take hours and hours to do any sort of charging, no you'd need a 30a 240v model and they weigh hundreds of pounds and would fill up the whole back(and back seats) of a Leaf. Best to just plan your trip as to not run out of power or have several backup plans if your charge starts getting low.
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LeftieBiker
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Re: Anyone ever run out of juice?

Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:00 pm

I think that someone posted that it takes two hours of L-1 charging to get a turtled Leaf moving, with about 8 miles of range.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium and no QC, a 2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, and 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
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garsh
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Re: Anyone ever run out of juice?

Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:50 am

LeftieBiker wrote:I think that someone posted that it takes two hours of L-1 charging to get a turtled Leaf moving, with about 8 miles of range.

I've turtled my Leaf three times. And yes, 2-3 hours of L1 charging sounds about right.
2012 Black SV w. G35 wheels, 8 bars, 93,000 miles

Evoforce
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Re: Anyone ever run out of juice?

Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:11 am

garsh wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:I think that someone posted that it takes two hours of L-1 charging to get a turtled Leaf moving, with about 8 miles of range.

I've turtled my Leaf three times. And yes, 2-3 hours of L1 charging sounds about right.


+1

I have even rescued my dead Leaf with my second Leaf and it's 2000 watt built on inverter.
*2011 Leaf 1 bought 2/28/15 @ 28,000ish mi 10 bar (8 bars @ 11/25/15 @ 37,453 ) (New lizard @ 39,275 mi @ 1/20/2016) Now 52,166 mi.
*Tesla Model S 61,000 mi
*2011 Leaf 2 bought 4/28/15 @ 24,000ish mi 12 bar (new lizard Dec. 2014 @ 22,273 mi) Now 35,485 mi

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Nubo
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Re: Anyone ever run out of juice?

Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:17 am

In 6 years I have never run out. "Range anxiety" is an overplayed meme of FUDsters.
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

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mwalsh
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Location: Garden Grove, CA

Re: Anyone ever run out of juice?

Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:29 am

I was below Turtle and rolled (N) into my driveway one time. That was the closest I ever came in 72,000 miles and just coming up on 7 years.
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TomT
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Re: Anyone ever run out of juice?

Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:34 am

I never ran out but I did come damn close a few times, particularly in the very early days... I did turtle it once on purpose and coasted downhill and in to my garage!
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59,991 miles/12 bars/289 Gids/68.54 AHr/101% SOH/101.64% Hx 7May15 w/ new Lizard (barely made the warranty).
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NeilBlanchard
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Re: Anyone ever run out of juice?

Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:53 am

5% left is not all that low. I got to 1 mile left a couple of times, and then later the range estimate disappeared at about 7-9 miles left. I never even got to a turtle mode, despite having about a dozen drives over 100 miles (on a '15 LEAF S 24kWh).

LeftieBiker
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Re: Anyone ever run out of juice?

Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:10 pm

I've only had the SOC display go blank once (this year) or maybe twice, in almost 5 years (but only 18,000 miles) of driving. No Turtle, ever.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium and no QC, a 2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, and 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
PLEASE don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

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