planet4ever wrote:To emphasize a bit more what Gary said, coasting is either shifting into Neutral Ray
No, I never shift into Neutral - too much loss of control, especially in congested traffic, which is all there is here.
planet4ever wrote:or the rather difficult trick of watching the left pie chart on the center console Energy Usage display and keeping it blank Ray
Well, along with terminology, I'm gauge-challenged. I try to watch everything and figure out what it is, but it's a little nerve-wracking in our traffic, and I haven't found the manual much help, though I'm also manual-challenged. Our other car is a Prius - same issues. Maybe I shouldn't even be driving these kinds of cars. If by the pie chart you mean the gauge in the upper left corner that adds or removes slices of pie depending how you're driving, I do watch that - it's the equivalent of the power column in the Prius, I think. I try to keep as many slices of the pie as possible. Come to think of it, that's how I eat pie, too.
planet4ever wrote:The closest I come is moderating the accelerator so that only a single dot shows on the dash.Ray
That's the prominent display on the left? The only one with white dots? Mine always seems to default to the 4th dot (I think), stepping on the accelerator moves it up and I get two dots, etc. I'm not so attuned to that gauge yet. Haven't noticed it moving down to, for example, 3 dots very often.
planet4ever wrote:Now, as to what cwerdna said about GOM: You didn't use that term, and his reference may be puzzling you. But you did say, "We almost never charge to more than 80-85% and never let it drop to less than 30%." If you got your car in January I have to assume it is a 2012 model, not a 2013 model. The 2012 does not have any gauge that tells you percent of charge. So, like cwerdna, my guess is that you are referring to that big number on the dash that Nissan calls "Distance to Empty" and we call "GuessOMeter" or "GOM". It is only very vaguely related to charge, and it is truly a guess being made by a computer (I would say a badly programmed computer) as to where you are going to drive and how you are going to behave in the future. Please ignore it.
You do have a "gas gauge"; it's those 12 blue and white bars surrounding the GOM. Ray
You're right - it's a new 2012 SL. Reading this forum has taught me what the GOM is, and I understand its shortcomings. To me it's only a predictor of how many miles we might get if we continue our at-the-moment driving patterns. What it does began to dawn on me a month into ownership when I took the freeway 20 miles to Santa Monica - it was slow and go the whole way, and when I started the GOM said 75 miles and when I arrived it said 73 miles. Yesterday I went to the store a mile away, left with 77, returned with 82. This has to mean I'm using regen braking well, and the Carwings site reading bears that out. It took about a month (sigh) but I finally discerned the difference between that "gas gauge" and the GOM. We have only a trickle charger, we have to charge the car on the street, so I can't just set the timer and forget it and leave it out all night. What I do is monitor it with the phone and disconnect when the charge gets to about 80%, as Nissan advises.
- The first is "low battery" which we call LBW. The GOM starts flashing when you get down to this point. It's nothing to worry about - you are really about as far from empty as charging to 80% is from full.
- The second is "very low battery" which we call VLBW. At this point the GOM "gives up" and just shows three dashes. You really are getting fairly close to empty at this point, and pushing much further might reduce the life of the battery.
- The third is "Turtle". A reduced power message pops up on the dash and a picture of a turtle shows up there. This, my friend, is just about the end of the road. Find the closest safe place to stop, and call for help. Hopefully you will never see the turtle, but even if you do, know that Nissan has programmed the car to protect the battery. It will stop the car, likely within half a mile, and there will still be a few percentage points of charge remaining.
So the next time the GOM says 30 just grin at your wife and tell her this little beauty hasn't begun to show you what it can do. You haven't lived until you hear the mellifluous voice of the lady who tells you how low your battery is.Ray
I hope to never hear that voice. For one thing, we don't carry the white gun around with us - just too much trouble to coil up and squeeze into the case. We haven't gone very far in the Leaf at all - I'm impressed by people's 40-mile one-way commutes, including 1800' passes. My wife's commute is 20 miles roundtrip - she can arrive with almost as many miles on the GOM as when she left, but coming back she invariably loses 30-40. I'm guessing that's because (1) traffic is "lighter" (for LA) when she goes in the late morning and heavy when she returns at 6-7 pm; and (2) it's slight but gradual downhill about 500 feet going and the reverse returning. She's not OCD when it comes to the car like I am - she turns it on and forgets it, so she can drive all day with the defogger or AC on and not notice it. (We're also climate-control challenged - haven't even figured it out on the Prius and we've had that for 3 years). And every time she leaves the house, I watch her practically lay rubber going up our hill - she does the same with the Prius (our mpg with the Prius has never come close to 50 city - more like 40).
One more thing - a duh thing. It didn't occur to me to check the tire pressure on a new car. I finally did this morning - under-inflated by 4-5 pounds on all 4. I mean, I'll be happy if I manage to get all the quote coding right in this reply.
Thanks for your very detailed education and advice. I'm printing it out. Hope to remember where I put it.