freezingkiwis wrote:There's a lot of discussion on these boards about regular commutes - a certain number of miles on a regular basis, with regular nightly charging - but what's the typical battery life when your driving habits are made up of completely random assorted trips?
Anything from 5miles to 50miles at a time. Some days no driving whatsover, some days multiple 20mile trips.
Does anyone have this sort of experience? Is it even better suited to these assorted random trips, or does regular usage with solid charging cycles in between suit the Leaf battery better?
Does it even matter at all? Can you maintain the battery life regardless?
Where do you live/ what is your climate?
The only issue I have with multiple short trips is in the winter when I have passengers. I have small children in car seats, so I use the climate control to keep the cabin warm for them. The rear heated seats are useless. Climate control takes a huge hit on range at the beginning of the trip, much less so once things are up to temperature. Unfortunately, with many short trips (and no opportunity to plug in between them), I take that hit a lot and the heater is basically running at full tilt (6kW) the whole time the car is on.
Other than that, I have seen very little difference between many short trips and one long trip. In the summer time, my total range is the same in both cases.