BuckMkII
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Location: Seattle

Re: A couple of new buyer questions.

Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:25 pm

I'm REALLY not qualified to answer, but apparently a GID is about 1/12th of a kilowatt-hour. It's shown on several screens in LeafSpy as the unit of energy currently in the battery. The long answer is this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7828&start=80

When I charge to 100%, the Guess-O-Meter (the dashboard display) says about 90 miles. If I leave home by the route that is gently uphill, it drops to 84 miles in a couple of miles. Even if I didn't drive carefully, I think I could get that far driving around the city on my usual routes, so let's say 84 miles is the worry-free range of my car at 35 MPH and no big net uphills. Edit: note that "big" is not that big a hill. Consider how much harder it is to ride a bike up a moderate grade to appreciate that idea. But if you turn around and come back down that hill, you can recover at least some of that energy, so closed-loop routes with some hills are OK.
Last edited by BuckMkII on Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:00 pm, edited 2 times in total.
2013 SV no QC, manufactured July 2013
car grew up in San Jose CA, purchased 5/31/17 in Seattle
on 6/16/17 : AHr = 56.4; SOH = 86%; Hx = 84.3; ODO = 39,250

TreeStar
Posts: 30
Joined: Sun May 28, 2017 7:38 pm
Delivery Date: 29 May 2017
Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Re: A couple of new buyer questions.

Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:28 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:The biggest, most common range-reducing mistake that Leaf newbies make is driving at 70+MPH. This drains much more power than accelerating rapidly. Nobody with say, an 11 bar Leaf is going to get just 30 miles of range if they limit top speed to 60-65MPH. More like 50-55 miles.


I don't drive fast. I mean do the math and see how much faster you will reach a destination by going a little further. Not to mention the potential for tickets. Not really worth it.

I just looked at a provided chart here. Looks like no more 60mph on the 55 freeway. heh

BuckMkII
Posts: 84
Joined: Sat May 06, 2017 8:04 am
Location: Seattle

Re: A couple of new buyer questions.

Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:38 pm

As you look at those range charts for different levels of battery degradation, you will see that the number of GIDs in boxes for 12 bars, 11 bars, etc. changes from chart to chart, so the number of GIDs in bar 12 indicates how much smaller your "fuel tank" has become when you lose battery health and switch charts.
2013 SV no QC, manufactured July 2013
car grew up in San Jose CA, purchased 5/31/17 in Seattle
on 6/16/17 : AHr = 56.4; SOH = 86%; Hx = 84.3; ODO = 39,250

BuckMkII
Posts: 84
Joined: Sat May 06, 2017 8:04 am
Location: Seattle

Re: A couple of new buyer questions.

Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:14 pm

Oops! I realized as I was coming home (while traversing some speed bumps, so maybe they shook loose the math in my brain) that I'd lost control of my decimal place above, which I've corrected. To repeat, a GID is about 1/12th of a kWh.

I'm getting about 42 miles per 100 GIDs, which reminds me that I need to get my kid a copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
2013 SV no QC, manufactured July 2013
car grew up in San Jose CA, purchased 5/31/17 in Seattle
on 6/16/17 : AHr = 56.4; SOH = 86%; Hx = 84.3; ODO = 39,250

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