Inerala wrote:I'm thinking of buying a 30kW Nissan Leaf in my efforts to be a bit more green and save on road tax and fuel costs. I do however have a bit of "range anxiety." I know the official figure is 155 miles but I am sure that's total twaddle.
I occasionally drive 120 miles to visit our daughter
First off, battery capacity is measured in kWh, not "kW". Please see viewtopic.php?p=491625#p491625
Source of the "official figure" of 155 miles?
I suspect you're not in the US (given your verbiage and wacky range value) and are quoting an inflated and pretty useless NEDC figure.
Leftie is correct about the 107 mile (US) EPA range rating on 30 kWh Leafs. I would not want to tell anyone who is accustomed to driving ICEVs (Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles) a figure higher than 107 miles for a realistic range on a charge.
155 miles is probably doable on a new battery, if you drive below 45 mph the whole time w/no heat and no AC on level ground per Tony's range chart at viewtopic.php?t=4295
. Go any faster or run the heat or AC and you will fall short. As the battery degrades, it will get tougher and tougher to make that journey (will need to go slower and slower).
Tony's range chart predicts 101 miles of range until dead at 70 mph on level ground w/no HVAC usage on a new battery.