1ahayward wrote:I bought the 2018 Leaf last night. We're having typical December weather here in Minnesota: 20's (F) for highs and single digits for lows. It will get colder. My daily commute is 13 miles round trip. I've been advised by my local electric company that my detached, unheated garage's regular 120V outlet ought to handle the car's charging needs - at least until I see how I really use it. I have a friend in St. Paul who has used Trickle for the entire time she's owned her 2016 Leaf. I'd appreciate other folks' experience with this issue. I think I'm particularly worrying about the car sitting outside all day when it's really cold (windchill of -20's is common) in January and the battery isn't fully charged.
IMHO, you don’t have a problem. Since your commute needs are low, 120v charging overnight refreshes your consumption easily. And if plugged in you’re set to pre-condition the car before your morning drive albeit with some range loss. Being outside all day will not be factor for the vehicle operation. Again with your short commute, you should be able to pre-condition your car before your trip home as well.
1- ensure your 120v outlet can handle the sustained charging current. If installed to today’s code, it should. Also check what other things are connected to that circuit and whether they would be in use simultaneously when charging.
2- Take others’ advice and charge to 80% for your typical charging, and 100% only when you need it and then only shortly before you need it. My LEAF has an 80% charging setting, I don’t know if your 2018 does but can be approximated manually.
3- Should your commute needs change to something longer than today, that would be a good time to consider a 240v charging station set up. You said the garage is detached so you are facing costs to run sufficient power to the garage itself, possibly a garage load center (circuit breaker box), heavier gauge wires, outlet of your choosing to match or hard-wire your selected charging station, the charging station itself, permits, and so on. For the experienced, this can be a DIY but for most of us it’s a licensed electrician. The advantage is much faster charging and in MN being able to pre-heat/cool from shore power without range loss.
4- Get and use LEAFSpyPro. Seriously. Just do it.
Good luck with your new LEAF! And please share your experiences with this forum to help us all.