HaoleBilt
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Re: Range Issues

Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:30 pm

DaveinOlyWA wrote:
HaoleBilt wrote:I have the advantage of working at the dealer so we did a SOH and it was fine. I'll try up my PSI. Its the original tires given the super low mileage. No don't have leafspy trying to figure out best charging option set for my house.


because of your elevation, I would not charge above 60-80% SOC. You don't need it. You could literally coast all the way to work.

That is true for the drive back to work but I need every electron to get home...I dont rent...so moving really isn't an option...

jbuntz
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Re: Range Issues

Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:38 pm

I remember someone saying removing the rear tire mudguards and turning the front ones around and mounted in front of the tire helps the aero a bit.
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30 Apr 2017 5175 mi 324 GID Ahr 70.75 SOH 89% Hx 85.31% kWh 25.1
11 Aug 2017 11 bar 9245 mi 282 GID Ahr 61.68 SOH 77% Hx 75.83% kWh 21.9
21 Oct 2017 10 bars 12000 mi 260 GID Ahr 57.22 SOH 71% Hx 70.58% kWh 20.2

GerryAZ
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Re: Range Issues

Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:04 pm

jbuntz wrote:I remember someone saying removing the rear tire mudguards and turning the front ones around and mounted in front of the tire helps the aero a bit.


Doubtful that rearranging the mudguards (if installed) would make significant difference. My 2011 did not have them while 2015 does. On road efficiency of 2015 is essentially the same as the 2011 was. 6kW charger makes charging efficiency higher than 2011.

I strongly suggest that you run the original Michelin tires at 44 psi cold for best range. When they wear out or sidewall cracking becomes noticeable, replace them with Bridgestone Ecopias (run Ecopias at 44 psi for best wear, handling, and wet traction) for better range and wet traction.
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alozzy
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Re: Range Issues

Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:16 pm

A bit of a radical suggestion, but if you only ever drive the car alone or with a single passenger then you could take out the rear bench seat to reduce weight. Might help enough...
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HaoleBilt
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Re: Range Issues

Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:33 am

All good ideas...thank you for suggestions. Have to leave rear seat in for when when I have to pick up my 1 year old daughter. Will up tire psi. Thinking about lowering it see if that would help.

LeftieBiker
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Re: Range Issues

Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:03 am

Thinking about lowering it see if that would help.


Just installing the 17" wheels and tires also used on the Juke would get you better airflow. We think the Leaf was designed for 17" wheels, but the 16" wheels were substituted at lower trim levels to cut costs. The wheel wells are just too big for 16"...
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DaveinOlyWA
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Re: Range Issues

Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:22 am

HaoleBilt wrote:
DaveinOlyWA wrote:
HaoleBilt wrote:I have the advantage of working at the dealer so we did a SOH and it was fine. I'll try up my PSI. Its the original tires given the super low mileage. No don't have leafspy trying to figure out best charging option set for my house.


because of your elevation, I would not charge above 60-80% SOC. You don't need it. You could literally coast all the way to work.

That is true for the drive back to work but I need every electron to get home...I dont rent...so moving really isn't an option...


Well, there is fully charging at work which you aleady do.

pump your tires to 44 PSI which will gain a few miles at the most.

drive slower

stop on the way for a boost.

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GerryAZ
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Re: Range Issues

Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:45 am

LeftieBiker wrote:
Thinking about lowering it see if that would help.


Just installing the 17" wheels and tires also used on the Juke would get you better airflow. We think the Leaf was designed for 17" wheels, but the 16" wheels were substituted at lower trim levels to cut costs. The wheel wells are juts too big for 16"...


With the plastic and metal cover plates on the underside creating a continuous flat surface, I doubt that lowering the car would make significant difference. The 2015 SL came standard with 17-inch wheels and Michelin tires.
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Phatcat73
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Re: Range Issues

Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:12 am

A 2016+ with the 30 kw battery would be ideal. how's that for an expensive solution?
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DaveinOlyWA
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Re: Range Issues

Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:49 am

GerryAZ wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:
Thinking about lowering it see if that would help.


Just installing the 17" wheels and tires also used on the Juke would get you better airflow. We think the Leaf was designed for 17" wheels, but the 16" wheels were substituted at lower trim levels to cut costs. The wheel wells are juts too big for 16"...


With the plastic and metal cover plates on the underside creating a continuous flat surface, I doubt that lowering the car would make significant difference. The 2015 SL came standard with 17-inch wheels and Michelin tires.


Lowering the car would make a difference but have to think it would be small. Simply not enough speed here. The smaller the airflow beneath the car, the better. Obviously none is the ultimate.
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