estomax
Posts: 174
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:23 pm
Delivery Date: 21 Jan 2017
Leaf Number: 424033
Location: Seattle

Re: Leaf for driving school

Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:00 am

if you can charge it to top it off between sessions, you will be golden, go for a late 2013 through 2015 model as LeftiBiker mentioned, my experience confirms that those batteries last longer. if the plugs you are talking about are at the office then they are probably 6.6kw rated sockets, so half an hour of charging will give you about 12-15 miles of range as a good rule of thumb. DC chargers (fast chargers) have huge plugs and make noise while they charge (they have some big fans inside)

if you can't charge it, then driving around all day will make it tricky to hit 70 miles in every use case, even if you are mostly at lower speeds. I very easily have 60 miles of highway range on my car at 93% health, the longest trip i made was 85 miles and i wasn't turtling yet.

Marko
2013 Leaf SL Premium
27k, 93% SoH 2/17 32k, 96% SoH 6/17
46k, 94% SoH 2/18 52k, 88% SoH 6/18

aarond12
Posts: 382
Joined: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:42 am
Delivery Date: 17 Oct 2015
Leaf Number: 311353
Location: Dallas, TX

Re: Leaf for driving school

Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:47 am

From another angle: Beginning drivers might be really confused by the LEAF. Its user interface (the shifter puck) is significantly different. The car makes no idle noise. These are things that *experienced* drivers are confused about. I worry about inexperienced drivers who then get into their ICE vehicles and it feels unfamiliar. Is this shaking when I'm not moving normal?! :o
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES (lease ended) • 2015 Nissan LEAF S • Tesla Model 3 reserved
Mods: Matte black Juke wheels, LED headlights and accessory lights, horn, CarPlay receiver

alozzy
Posts: 1100
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:25 pm
Delivery Date: 18 Jan 2017
Location: Vancouver, BC
Contact: Website

Re: Leaf for driving school

Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:19 am

I'd like to think that there will be a good chance that those new drivers, who learned on a LEAF, will become die hard EV enthusiasts and won't ever buy an ICE.
Vancouver, CA owner of a 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
Loving my first BEV :D

BuckMkII
Posts: 209
Joined: Sat May 06, 2017 8:04 am
Location: Seattle

Re: Leaf for driving school

Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:22 pm

aarond12 wrote:From another angle: Beginning drivers might be really confused by the LEAF. Its user interface (the shifter puck) is significantly different. The car makes no idle noise. These are things that *experienced* drivers are confused about. I worry about inexperienced drivers who then get into their ICE vehicles and it feels unfamiliar. Is this shaking when I'm not moving normal?! :o

Yes, the details of Leaf driving are a bit weird, which would be a modest problem in transitioning to most other vehicles. Worst case would be an older adult who hasn't driven before, learns in a Leaf then goes out to buy or rent a car and has trouble figuring everything out on the first mile.

Other transitional problem: Between the heavily assisted steering, the abundant torque and the inherent braking of B mode, the Leaf is too easy to drive! Except for the terrible rearward visibility, the student may be surprised that other cars are more challenging to drive well.
2013 SV no QC, built 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
bar 12 lost 8/21/17
on 8/23/18: AHr = 54.6; SOH = 83.5%; Hx = 78.2; ODO = 49,746

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