lpickup wrote:Pholz wrote:It's a shame they aren't spread out a little further apart, say along the Interstates. Then they would be useful for trips. I can pretty much get anywhere in the Triangle I want. It would be nice to be able to do a road trip / beach trip though.
Yes, and no.
While it's a dream of mine to take my LEAF down to Charlotte (from Raleigh) to visit my sons at some point before they graduate from UNC-Charlotte, that's not really what the LEAF was meant for. It would take at least 3 stops (probably 4) at DC FC to make that journey, adding at least 1.5 hours to a 2.5 hour trip just doesn't make sense, other than as a gimmick trip. Having said that, having DC FC halfway (or even better at thirds) between the Triangle and Triad, and the Triad and Charlotte would make more sense for those corridors where travelers would only have to make one stop.
Those kind of charging stations start to make a little more sense when you've got vehicles with 200 mile ranges because at that point they start being strictly commuter vehicles and start to be useful for longer trips.
Additionally I think it would open up the market to a new class of drivers that have more than occasional times when they need >70 miles of range. While I still firmly believe that the majority of people are fine at the 40 mile level, there still are many whose driving patterns have regular needs above that level.
Hey Lance. I agree with your basic point that the Leaf is not meant for long drives.
However, you can go farther if you try. The hardest part is slowing down. The Leaf can go quite far if you drive slowly. We drove to Southern Pines, 83 miles on one charge, but kept the speed between 45-50. Avoided any high speed roads. We got to the Nissan dealership with almost 20 miles of range left. If we would have gone faster, we'd have to stop to charge at Sanford and it would have taken us longer to get there. YMMV. We have a 2013 which does better on regen and is "only" degraded down to 92% capacity.
You could go Raleigh to Asheboro Nissan, 75 miles, do a quick charge, its then 71 miles to downtown Charlotte. If you're going somewhere on this side of town its closer. If its much farther, you'd need to stop for another charge for a few minutes. I use Google maps telling it to avoid expressways.
Pholz wrote:I can pretty much get anywhere in the Triangle I want. It would be nice to be able to do a road trip / beach trip though.
I'd love to do a beach trip. We go to Atlantic beach. I researched it and it can be done, but with unrealistically long charge times along the way. If there were quick charge stations then we could do it.
Raleigh to Goldboro Nissan 63 miles.
Goldsboro to New Bern Nissan 76 miles. Worst part for this leg is that you really need more than 80% charge and even a quick charger would take longer.
New Bern to Atlantic beach, 33 miles.
As a disclaimer... I don't necessarily encourage folks to go that far on a charge without being very careful of range. Elevation change could be a determining factor as well as traffic, overall driving style, AC use etc.