Just wanted to report in that we successfully road tripped from the Triangle to Ocracoke in the Leaf! It actually worked pretty well. We charged at 3 quick charge locations.
The first one was North Hills in Raleigh, which is a free Eaton charger in the parking lot near the Exxon. A Tesla was there when we first got there so we had to wait a bit, but there's plenty to do around there. We walked over to Starbucks.
After we got charged there we headed to the Nissan dealer in Wilson, NC. They were super nice and this was probably the best overall charger. Very quick and efficient.
Then we headed to Greenville and the dealer there. I had called ahead and the sales guy told me the quick charge was not working, so I was expecting to hang out in Greenville for 2 or 3 hours while we did a Level 2 charge, but turns out the sales guy I spoke to didn't know what he was talking about. The quick charger was working and a manager helped us get hooked up. This was not a great charger. It kicked off the breaker and the staff was obviously not that familiar with it and seemed a little scared of it. The manager guy gave us a little monologue about high voltage and having to be careful. I think the more they use it the more comfortable they will be. Once they reset the breaker we did get a full charge. We had to go almost all the way to 100% on this leg because the next stop was the Swan Quarter Ferry (which we had to get to by 4:30 —last ferry for the day, so range anxiety and timing anxiety). That's 79 miles and out in the middle of nowhere. If we didn't make it we'd probably be stuck sleeping in the car!
Headed out of Greenville we slowed to about 50mph once we got on the smaller highways. Luckily for us, it was an unseasonably cool, cloudy gray day in the high 70s/low 80s and the sun was hiding, so no AC needed. We hypermiled all the way there, but we did make it in time for the ferry and had just gotten the "Low Battery Warning" when we got there. It did not go to "Very Low Battery" so we did pretty well. We made it time-wise, too, but I don't think we would have if we'd had to rely on the L2.
Once we got to Ocracoke we trickle charged at our rental. No more range anxiety. We also rode bikes and walked a lot.
On our return, by the time we got off the ferry at Swan Quarter it was a hot sunny day and we had that 79 miles to go, so we had to creep along at 50 w/o using the AC very much. Got pretty stuffy, but we rolled down the windows at stop lights and did cycle on the AC when we couldn't stand it any more. We got the "Low Battery Warning" again, but did make to Greenville. There's a Fresh Market about .5 miles away so some of us walked over there, but we left one person manning the quick charger. It did kick off again, but we finished on the L2. Didn't have to charge all the way this time since Wilson is not too far away — just about 46 miles.
We basked in the AC and speed on our way to Wilson. The staff at Lee Nissan were awesome again. Great stop if you're headed up 95 or down east.
We briefly thought about trying to make it home (71 miles) without the stop at North Hills, but decided we liked driving faster and cooler more, so we stopped for a brief quick charge there again, so we could keep riding in air conditioned splendor. I think we probably could do it without the stop, but it just didn't seem worth it to induce more range anxiety.
All in all it was a great trip!