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OrientExpress
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Re: Will the 2018 Leaf work for me?

Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:17 pm

RegGuheert wrote:When it is 10F out and windy, you likely won't make it.


What he is trying to say is that all Battery Electric Vehicles, Hybrids and Plug-in Hybrids don't get as much range in the cold. It's the same issue that smartphones or anything that runs on batteries has.

If you start your trip with a full charge, and you have at least 100 miles or so left, you probably won't have to stop and put a little bit of electricity in to make it home, but it is a possibility, so you should be aware of this characteristic of electric cars. I belong to some Canadian LEAF groups, and they don't seem to have a problem with their range in the cold and they drive their LEAFs in weather that is much colder and for a longer time then your area has.

This is an edge case, but if you are not comfortable with that possibility, then you may want to consider a conventional or hybrid vehicle instead.
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Re: Will the 2018 Leaf work for me?

Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:07 pm

@OrientExpress As I said "irrespective of the SOC" - apparently, the rapidgate crowd are saying that even at SOC <70% the charging rate is dropping below 25 kW - I've never had that happen on my 2013, except when it's really cold out
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
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Re: Will the 2018 Leaf work for me?

Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:29 pm

It's all in your head, Alozzy. Drink the delicious Koolaide.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium and no QC, a 2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, and 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
PLEASE don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

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Re: Will the 2018 Leaf work for me?

Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:38 pm

RegGuheert wrote:
ghudson911 wrote:I’m in NJ. Pretty flat. Speed limits are 65
When it is 10F out and windy, you likely won't make it.


I think those 10F days would fall under ghudson's acceptable case of "occasional need to charge along the way". Considering that s/he lives in NJ, s/he should be fine with the 2018 leaf. The biggest issue with the leaf has always been battery life, and the NJ area shouldn't have that issue. Plus driving 100 miles every 2-3 days sounds like pretty light-duty driving.

I say, "go for it"! You'll definitely enjoy EV driving, and it might convince you to use it for all of your miles, despite any potential charging limitations.
:: Leaf S30 :: build date: Sep '16 :: purchased: Nov '16
Date - Miles / GIDs:
May '17 - 7300 mi / 363
Sep '17 - 13k mi / 359
Oct '17 - 15.5k mi / 344
Nov '17 - 17.1k mi / 332
Jan '18 - 18.9k mi / 326
Feb '18 - 20.5k mi / 333 ?!?!

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