LeftieBiker wrote:You need to use the SOC % display option rather than the GOM.
I have a Leaf S (no Energy Screen option), and I use the SOC% plus the trip odometer. Let's say Google Maps says I need to go 60 miles; my SOC% is 80 and I just reset my trip odometer to zero. If I consume 1% per mile, I'd arrive with 20% SOC left.
I start my trip. After a while (say, 10 miles), I add the SOC% plus the Trip Odometer in my head: if SOC% is now 65 and trip odometer is 10, then 65+10 = 75. I now only have a buffer of 15, and not the 20 I started with. I would want to slow down 10 mph, then check again in 10 miles. If I still have a buffer of 15 after 10 more miles, then I might just hold the speed there, if I want to arrive with 15% left. If the buffer has gone up, I'd speed-up. This helps me "dial-in" what speed I can drive at, considering all the other factors: wind, outside temperature, heater use, snow, the ski box (or kayaks!) on the roof etc.
Watching the difference in rate-of-change between the odometer and the SOC% gives me an early warning if energy is being consumed faster than I expected.