I purchased Leaf because I needed all it advantages advantages and a low maintenance car. My daily commute total (4 trips-works/kids' school) 60-64miles. Well, trying to figure out my Leaf , will I get there or will need to push it, I often felt like on that ridiculous quiz show (one game mentioned in the post title). When talking with Nissan satisfaction/support, they tried to make me feel like an idiot who just wasted all those years in math and engineering classes, and lost common sense.
I live in So Cali - San Diego
In order to keep up with traffic on my commute, I get, very consistently 3.6miles/kWh (yes I can accelerate with 10kW and drive 55mph on freeway and get 5miles/kWh, but will get shot by some big-pick-up truck driver).
Purchased 2011 Leaf from dealer 1 year old, with 2k miles on it (was a rental car that they stopped renting as people were getting stuck-not used to electrics I though).
I was able to go only 55-60 miles before turtle. So from the getgo I couldn't do my daily commute, so I had to keep and juggle with my old ICE car.
In a year, at 15k miles it lost a bar, then another bar 10 mo later, and another..., and finally November 2015 I lost the fourth bar.
170 GIDS, 35-40 miles range. About 63% soc (I got this wi-fi OBD whatever and installed LeafSpy several months ago).
Battery got replaced, and adviser and Nissan support said there is no new / old model battery, they are all the same part number.
When I got the car back:
285 GIDS, drove it 73 miles with 3.6m/kWh. And turtle didn't came up on the dashboard, yet - but no bars left.
I have it for 3rd week now with new battery, and all 100% charges are 280 or 282 gids. (252 i think for 80%)
Here is my question: I noticed in the posts that 2015 Leafs have 292 (or was it 295) GIDS. Is there an old type battery and new type battery? Or I got a battery that just has a capacity tolerance on the low side?
BTW, all my calculations that I did and presented to Nissan to show them that range is low, now match DEAD-ON with this new battery (+ - 2%).
Although I am happy that I got a replacement battery (that I am/we are more than entitled to-remember their statement: 90% after 5years and 70% after 10 years), it pisses me off that Nissan put me thought so much trouble over last 4 years. Nissan, your customer support sucks, you can't try to convince people they are idiots; and you lost me as your future customer!
I wonder how long these replacement batteries last. Service adviser told me they haven't seen any 2013 or newer Leaf with (bad enough) battery degradation.
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