Purchased my 2014 SL a month and a half ago. I live in CT. I have really loved it, and have been telling all my friends about it. I bought it strictly as a financial decision, paid $10,000 for a well equipped car that looked new and would be low cost to drive.
Now the deep freeze has arrived. I knew that this would cut the range, but did not realize how much. Yesterday, the car was fully charged. My wife took the kids to the mall. This is about a 32 mile round trip. When she got home, there were 12 miles of range left. This really cuts the car's usefulness in the winter. She could not have decided to go somewhere else if she wanted to on the way home.
The second issue with the cold is that charging takes MUCH longer. The car was charging for over 12 hours overnight, and she took it to work this morning. I'm worried it didn't charge up enough so that she can easily make it to work and back even though it is only a 28 mile round trip. I wanted to check on it, but (grrrr... more on this below) She usually likes to stop and grocery shop on the way home. I'm not sure she will be able to do that without worrying about it.
On New Year's Eve, we used the car some during the day, then went to friend's house at night. Had 24 miles of charge left. When it was time to go out and pick up some Chinese food, we couldn't take my car that I have been gushing about to get it, not enough range
Anyway, back to me wanting to check the range on the car while my wife is at work this morning. Tried Nissan Connect EV. "Service cannot be provided." Then I got User ID / Password invalid. I've seen many different errors with the app, but that one is new! Tried the third party app, Leaf Manager, got Unkown error (401). I have been get that error without fail for about a week. A few days ago, I tried Uninstalling and reinstalling the Nissan EV app, and that helped a little bit, it connected about half of the time, but now nothing. I am SICK and TIRED of their app not working. In the winter, the app turns from a nice to have convenience to a little more of a necessity. I have read all the complaints from others, this seems like a software issue that Nissan refuses to fix. Apparently their EV customers are not important enough to them. This is reinforced to me by the fact that my local Nissan dealer has a Chademo charger that has been broken for 2 years.
I know the cold snap we have been experiencing has been extreme, but it does happen in the winter. When I was researching them, I saw people talking about how the Leaf was not ideal for hot climates because of the lack of battery cooling. So is it a car for moderate climates only? What this has reinforced to me is that the 2018 Leaf. with 150 mile range will not be an option for me in the future. 150 miles in the spring is fine, 100 in the winter is not in 2018.
Wow, OK, rant over. I still like the car, and spring is 3 months away.