powersurge wrote:Gentlemen... I think we are getting ridiculous when we are so worried about our baby Leaf so much that we need to get it its own shade tent, etc....
It is a car. The manual talks about not parking in the sun for LIABILITY, so you don't leave it sitting in the sun for a month in the Sahara desert. As a previous poster mentioned, the important thing is the battery temperature gauge... Even in 100 degree weather I have never gotten close to the red part of the temperature scale.
Remember, it is a car, not a baby in an infant stroller..
Tell that to the '11 Phoenician Leaf drivers who lost 3 or 4 capacity bars when the Leaf had only been out ~21 months: viewtopic.php?t=10040
In contrast, IIRC, in the Pacific Northwest, those w/'11 or '12 Leafs w/their crap batteries still had all 12 capacity bars for several years longer and I don't think they started dropping off until at least 40K miles.
I've heard cases of '13 (4/2013 build or later) not losing a CB up there until 70K miles. https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattle ... %22R%22%7D
has one guy (unknown build month) who didn't lose a CB on his '13 until 89K miles. He states he's down 2 CBs at 116 K miles on Jan 29, 2017. He also states he uses fast chargers daily.
In contrast, I recall reading of '14 Leaf drivers in hot climates losing 4 CBs so they got their batteries replaced under warranty. I just found viewtopic.php?p=473995#p473995
with a 5/2013 built '13 Leaf (better batteries) in PHX that lost its 4th CB at 31.4K miles about 3 years and 3 months after manufacture.
My 5/2013 built used '13 SV is almost at 42K miles nearing 4 years of age with all 12 CBs still.
Perhaps you don't have a good feel for the insane temps in PHX? Does your area have highs of over 100 F almost every day for months during the summer? Does it remain at over 100 F past 9 pm?
, for examples. It starts getting hot much earlier in the year than in my area. It gets WAY hotter than my area. It stays VERY hot at night, unlike my area. Look at the average high temps for May thru Oct at http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Histor ... n=USAZ0166
. http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Histor ... n=USNY0833
are yours, for comparison.
I haven't read all the responses carefully, but if I were the OP and wanted to preserve the Leaf's range autonomy, I'd strongly consider air conditioning his garage at home and getting the temp down as low as practically possible. Heck, if I could, I'd want the garage literally to freezing temp or below. That way, it'll take quite awhile for the pack to heat up to ambient temp (or beyond) in the blazing PHX heat.