fbarbat wrote:Thanks for the advice. So basically you are saying that if my trip from home (in Fullerton) to Running Springs , which is about 70 mile using 330, can not be done without charging somewhere in between, at least for a beginner like me (or let’s say for the first trip…) just driving “normal” 65 on FWY (57 and 210) and reasonably 40 going up on 330. Is that right?
Yes, that is right. From Fullerton, you would have the better part of 6000 feet of net elevation gain. Assuming the LEAF and driver weigh roughly 3500 pounds, basic physics tells us that you will need at least an additional 8 kWh or so of energy for the elevation gain, on top of the energy needed to drive 70 miles on flat land.
In other words, if over one third of a full charge is required for the 6000 feet of vertical travel, that only leaves less than two thirds of a full charge to go the horizontal distance, 70 miles. Theoretically that could be possible, but only with just the right conditions and some serious hypermiling.
My advice would be to stop at Metro Nissan in Redlands for more charge, and walk to one of the nearby restaurants while your car is dining on electrons.