Relayer1956 wrote:My one way commute (Indio to Brawley) is 75 miles and I can no longer use the car without stopping for at least 90 minutes at an RV park in Salton City (mid way point) to charge. Makes my one way 75 minute commute almost a 3 hour commute.
Ouch. With a 75 mile one-way commute and the ability to charge at each end, you really need a 30 kWh EV minimum. I'd really recommend something that will do 125-150 miles (50-100% more range than required). Even better - something that will do 150 miles easily round-trip so you can just charge once a day, you really need 60 kWh for that.
I was wondering why your LEAF was losing capacity so fast, but 150 miles / day in the heat around the Salton Sea heat explains it. It just shows that in climates like that, you really need thermal management. A Bolt would be a great commuter car for that route.
+1 on that! I am gathering data on heat dissipation on the 30 kwh packs and initial evidence (well as much as can be had for Winter...) shows the pack returning to normal temps after a QC MUCH quicker than the 24 kwh packs.
now, be it bigger packs, less strain, less heat build up? hard to say since I have only had the car since Veteran's Day so need some heat to really evaluate but now with garage temps running from the upper 40's to low 50's, my LEAF is returning to ambient temps after a QC in less than 12 hours.
FYI; bigger pack implies less strain during QC but the 30 kwh pack charges much faster. I received 20.04 kwh from an AV charger in 28 mins! that is HUGE!! Finally a real "80% charge in 30 mins!"
2011 SL; 44,598 miles. 2013 S; 44,840 miles. 2016 S30 (build 10/2016); 22,003 miles. 363 GIDs, Ahr 82.34, Hx; 101.21% kwh 28.1 QCs 190, L2's 213
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