LtrainLEAF
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Joined: Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:53 pm
Delivery Date: 31 May 2017

New PNW Owner saying hello!

Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:08 pm

We purchased a certified pre-owned 2014 LEAF SL with just under 19k miles about two weeks ago. I live in the Seattle area and I commute about 40mi/day round trip. It's our first EV.

My commute has a bit of elevation change, so watching the battery has been interesting. We live at about 500ft, I drop down into and cross a valley, then head uphill and our office is at about 400ft.

I've figured out the best route and the dealer we purchased from has free DC quick charge that I've used every couple days.

We'll be ordering the OBDII device and using LeafSpy Pro by the end of this week!

Looking forward to learning and contributing here!

LeftieBiker
Posts: 6304
Joined: Wed May 22, 2013 3:17 am
Delivery Date: 31 May 2013
Location: Upstate New York, US

Re: New PNW Owner saying hello!

Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:26 pm

You might want to experiment, and see if Eco+Drive mode works best for recovering energy on downhills, or if you have to use B mode instead. I find that the first combination works great for my more normal downhills.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

The most offensive, tasteless phrase in use here is "Pulled the trigger." I no longer respond to posts that use it.

alozzy
Posts: 457
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:25 pm
Delivery Date: 18 Jan 2017

Re: New PNW Owner saying hello!

Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:55 pm

Also experiment with coasting in neutral in some stretches as the Leaf maintains momentum exceptionally well (due to mass and LRR tires). I consistently get the best efficiency by slipping my Leaf into neutral on slight downhill grades, when I don't expect to have to brake. On steep, long hills you'll find you pickup speed pretty quick - in which case, you can pop it into B mode for a bit and then put it back into neutral.

I regularly use a combination of neutral, D mode, D mode in ECO, and B mode for regen braking - depending on traffic, the grade of the road, etc.
Canadian with a US 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
Big grin, enjoying my first BEV :D

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