flydiver wrote:Absolutely agree that if you need the range, charge the battery fully. Also agree that one of the worst things is to fully charge and just let it sit, especially if the ambient temps are high.
Agree. I cringe and/or roll my eyes when I read people coming close to advocating the routine charging to 100%.
Example: today I've got a 70+ round trip that could be at the outer envelop of my battery range on the 2015 S with 36,000 miles and still with 12 bars. I fully charged and "cell-balanced" the battery to minimize the chance of problems. But that is less than one day per month.
If I have long'ish trip without reasonable access to Level-2 or Level-3, I'll rent an entry level Nissan Versa
However, about once a month I do intentionally charge to 100% plus cell-balance (about 3+ hours at 6.6/hr). I do schedule things so the car is only sitting with 100% charge for a relatively short time. And it stays relatively cool here in Colorado at 6500'.
I suppose if you are leasing a Leaf, then you could rationalize not taking the trouble to "baby" the battery. However, that seems flawed to me.