evnow wrote:Now that some of you have had the Leaf for some days, what is your estimate of the Range ?
Malcolm's LEAF - Day 21.
Starting SOC : 100% or 80%
--- I've tried 80% but it's too marginal for me. With 34 miles daily plus unexpected 20 mi lunch trips with the climate control always on (I refuse to change my habits on this one since "fumes breathing" is not in my interest on the 85% freeway driving I do) 80% is not gonna work for me. Freeway travel for me is 67-68 mph. I've asked Nissan to provide a 90% charge capability for us marginal 80% 'ers. Hopefully it can be done at the dealer as a firmware push at some point.
Range (till battery low) :
--- 56 to 70 miles since my freeway driving as I indicated is 67-68 mph (go slower and MOST of the time you have to pay way too much attention the the cars practically sitting on your bumper). Waste of emotional energy for me.
Range (till turtle) :
--- Never been there but the one close call I had got to "---" (less than 6 miles) and I tried a few miles around the block near my house and gave up.
Driving : describe hwy/city/mixed/speeds here
--- Indicated above. Noted that with packed 20 mph freeway travel ya get GREAT range (duh, of course).
Climate : Temperatures, use of climate control
--- Always on. A/C works great, heater poor. According to my conversation with A Nissan VP today the heater should draw 3-4kw. I'll have to check for a few more days before I formally complain. In my 17 mile ride home at night in San Diego at 57 deg it takes more than 12 of the 17 miles of my trip to begin to warm up. Not adequate. Still wearing a jacket to boot.
Feel free to give multiple ranges under different conditions.
--- With non-freeway driving the game is WAY different. Maybe Randy can chime in here since he is 6 mi from work and does not need to use the freeway.
The car is great. Nissan did a GREAT job on this ride (missing motorized front driver seat being the only major exception).