As the title says, I really want to buy a Leaf, I did an extended test drive last week and loved it. However I have two questions that I need to answer before I commit to buying one. I've had a look around the forum, and get a feeling the answers are positive, but if anyone can confirm it will be great.
Firstly, I leave for work early in the morning (0545-0600) and will need to park the car, nose in, on the driveway, directly infant of the bedroom window. The design of the bungalow means, that when stood in the bedroom, the car s bumper is at head hight.
The issue is, when I clicked the button to remove the charging cable, the car beeped loudly, waking my wife!
I asked the dealer if it was possible to disable this, and was told it was a safety feature and could not be turned off.
I have read about Leaf Spy, and the service menu which has options to disable various sounds, but want to confirm that if I buy a 2018 40kWh Leaf, I will be able to disable this particular beep.
The second question is about range and charging times. I have a daily commute of between 120-130 miles, with about 90 miles of this on the motorway. I completed this during the test drive without issue, averaging 4.5 miles per kWh.
I collected the car on Thursday afternoon, on way home from work. I had a drive around in the evening, and then plugged it into my 16A charger(EVSE?) for my A3 e-tron at about 2100, with 82% battery. The following morning, at 0600 I unplugged the car ( and woke the wife
) and found that the battery was charged to 98% after about 9 hours charging at about 3.7kW.
When I got home Friday evening, having driven about 130 miles, I had 11% battery, and about 30 miles remaining according to the car. I checked the display that indicated how long it would take to charge the battery at 6kW, and it said 7.5 Hrs to 75% and 11 Hrs to 100%.
The following day was a Saturday, and I when out to the car to return it at 0900 (15Hrs after I started to charge it) and the car reported it was 100% charged.
On a normal work day, I'm only going to be home for a maximum of 12 hours, and sometimes maybe 10 if I've had to pick the kids up on the way home. I've read that the charging process slows as the battery fills, so can someone give me an idea how long it would take to get my battery from 5% to 95%?
The answer to the first question about beeps is a show stopper - I don't want a grumpy wife! The second is less an issues, as if I need too, I can stop at one of the several rapid chargers on my route.