DenverLeaf wrote:I just got my Leaf about a month ago. My Mom live in Virginia, about 1,400 miles. I normally take 3 days traveling straight through. That's about 24-26 hours of driving. Without consideration for heating battery, I'm adding about 15 hours to the trip - just for the hour and a half it takes to charge the car at least 10 times, or another couple of days. Smelling the roses is great, but on a trip like that, I'd rather be smelling the roses with my Mom.
Should I be rethinking taking my new Leaf on a trip like this? Like I said, I'm new to this, so maybe this is something that all EV owners resign to not doing.
I would not discourage you from driving your Leaf from Colorado to Virginia. I am planning on driving my 2018 Leaf from Texas to Colorado at least once a year once the Electrify America stations get built out. But I do think some of your assumptions are unrealistic.
I think you will have to stop at least every 100 miles. So you should expect at least 14 charging stops instead of 10. But you should map out your route using the PlugShare My Trips feature to really see exactly how many stops it will take.
15 hours for charging for 26 hours of driving is probably fine for a winter trip when it's below freezing most of the way. But the battery will charge much slower in the summer months after the first couple of charges. Until you learn more about how to manage your battery temperature, you should assume at least one hour of charging for every one hour of summer driving.