I did a lot of reading on efficient driving strategies with the Leaf but I wanted to post how I am driving and the miles/kwh I am achieving and see if I could be doing anything better. I would appreciate any comments.
I am driving in what I term "manual e-pedal" mode. What I mean by that is, I try not to use the real brake, but I drive most of the time in regular D mode, since it offers the most responsive drive. Whenever I need to slow down I basically try to predict if I can just cruise down in D mode, or need some additional braking from B mode or if I need more brake then I flip the e-pedal on. I use the real brake pedal only for sudden - non-predicted events. I accelerate non-aggressively in D mode. I drive 65 miles/hour on freeway, traffic permitting. I keep safe distances so that I do not need to brake hard.
Here is what I have achieved on my last 3 days of commuting etc. 35 mile round trip: 25 miles highway (medium to heavy traffic) and 10 miles local city streets.
Weds 78.9 miles, 4.5 miles/kwh, 3.8 hours travel time
Thurs 114.4 miles, 4.6 miles/kwh, 3.9 hours travel time
Friday 71.5 miles, 4.9 miles/kwh, 3 hours travel time
Should I be able to get over 5 miles/kwh on this type of commute?
Appreciate any comments - thank you!!
Driving 2018 red Nissan Leaf SV w/ tech package, ~400 miles per week