leafydeafy
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You all are great. Thanks.

Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:12 am

I've had my 2018 Leaf SV for a week now and am loving every minute of it. Reading through this forum provided tons of great information and answered a lot of my questions before pulling the trigger. Thanks!

I love the e-pedal. It really is a game-changer. I estimate I've used it about 90% of the time thus far. It didn't take nearly as long to get used to as I thought it would. Certain times it seems to coast too much when coming to a stop on a (slight) downhill, but I'm starting to figure it out. (I live in a hilly Midwestern city.)

Some initial questions I'm hoping you can answer:

1. For battery life, is it best to charge it a certain amount of time, to a certain level? I know with mobile phones I've heard it's best to keep it between 40-80%, with more "top off" charges when you have the chance. And don't leave it plugged in all night where it's sitting with the charger for long periods at 100%. Should I treat the Leaf the same way? Is it okay to charge it for small periods here and there?

2. Is there a danger (battery-life-wise) to consistently go below, say, 20%? I have a 30 mile round-trip commute and am hoping to go a few days between charges. I just don't know if I should let it get too low on a regular basis, or if I should try to keep it above a certain threshold, if possible.

3. Do I really need a dedicated charging station (like ClipperCreek)? Or can I get by with having a 240 V outlet installed in my garage and using the charging cord that came with the Leaf? If it's useful information, I have an insulated garage with an insulated garage door, so it stays relatively cool in summer and warm in winter.

Thanks!

Reddy
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Re: You all are great. Thanks.

Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:06 pm

1. Yes. Keep the battery as cool as possible and between 20-80% for longest life.
2. Not sure, but 20% should be fine, below might be more damaging, but probably not significant (like keeping it above 80% above 90F).
3. You can use the 120V cord that came with the 2018 Leaf (S & SV) to get about 40-50 mi/night (4 to 5 mph). I've been doing it for nearly 7 years. However, make sure you have a dedicated circuit, a good tight receptacle, and don't allow the weight of the brick to pull on the plug (I've mounted mine). However, most users have found that a 240V charging station (like ClipperCreek) makes the car more functional. It really depends on your driving pattern, proximity to public stations, weather conditions, etc. The 2018 SL comes with a 240V cable and can be plugged directly into a 14-50 receptacle (240V).

Welcome and thank you for driving electric! Please pass on your enthusiasm to all your friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
Reddy
2011 SL; 9 bar, 45.80 AHr; 45,000 mi; rcv'd Aug 18, 2011
Long: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... al#p226115"
Cold: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 60#p243033"

GerryAZ
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Re: You all are great. Thanks.

Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:32 pm

If your 2018 SV came with the dual-voltage portable Nissan EVSE, you can use a 240-volt NEMA 14-50 receptacle (range or RV receptacle) supplied from a 2-pole, 50-ampere circuit breaker with suitable wiring in your garage. However, I find it more convenient to have a dedicated EVSE so that the portable unit can stay in the car for emergencies.

I would say that charging and driving to keep the battery between 20% and 80% would be good if that works for you. Try to have it around 40% to 60% if you plan to leave it parked for extended time (such as at the airport or in the garage while on vacation). Personally, I charge to 100% all the time and discharge to LBW or VLBW (low battery warning or very low battery warning) frequently because I drive over 50 miles every day.
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leafydeafy
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Re: You all are great. Thanks.

Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:00 pm

Thank you both for your responses!

oz10k
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Leaf Number: 313665
Location: Northwest Chicago burb

Re: You all are great. Thanks.

Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:52 am

I avoid going below 20% and only occasionally charge to 100%. I typically charge twice a week. Seems to be working , my 2015 still has 12 bars (I'm sure being in Illinois is also a factor).

I picked-up a multi-voltage (120/240) multi-current (8/12/16 amps) portable EVSE from Amazon for just over $300. I'm very happy with it. I leave the original at home and carry the new one in the trunk. I work at a shopping mall that has a parking deck, which I recently discovered has several 20 amp outlets available. So I now do most of my charging at work.

I recommend a portable over dedicated station, it just offers more flexibility.

Ron

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Stanton
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Re: You all are great. Thanks.

Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:21 am

oz10k wrote:I avoid going below 20% and only occasionally charge to 100%. I typically charge twice a week. Seems to be working , my 2015 still has 12 bars (I'm sure being in Illinois is also a factor).


It has a lot to do with it! Having a "lizard" battery helps (mine is doing a bit better than my original battery), but heat (especially in the South) is the real killer.
2011 Blue Ocean SV w/floor mats & window tint
12v LiFePO4 battery & FIAMM 74100 horns
Wet Okole seat covers (front)
Tor's low-power heater mod
2013 sun visor
3G modem upgrade
L2 EVSE Upgrade
Battery Pack replaced (Rev E) @51 months and 41k miles

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