I have a 2013 Nissan leaf with 18,310 miles. My battery capacity went down to 8 bars within 1.5 years (second hand car that had 12 bars when I bought it) so I will get a free battery replacement very soon! 6 weeks
I have been mostly using the EV1 charging station at home (110v in the garage in a 50 years old home with no GFI plugs) , and a few times the EV2 at work. twice the EV3.
1-The Manual says it is not recommended to charge on EV1 to preserve the battery's life??? WHY??? I always thought slow charging was better?
2- The "mileage" I get after recharge puzzles me: When I charge my car at home, with 110 v (EV1) I get after some 12h 100% battery charged and 75 miles autonomy.
When I charge my car at work on an EV2 (220v), I get a 100% charged battery but 59 miles autonomy... When I charge it to another EV2 station (other job site and a different brand) battery is 100% charged but displays 55 miles autonomy. ? WHY?
On all occasion there is no light blinking outside (as te car is charged), and the battery is fully charged to 100%. The mileage "autonomy" refers to how many miles I can drive before recharging the battery. AND of course this is when I just start the car: no A/C, no radio, nothing on and I am not yet driving!
SO: How come the number of miles I could drive is different while my battery is 100% charged??
Yes I do know mileage range will change depending on how is my driving:A/C, no A/C, steep slope, accelerations etc... BUT this display is just when I start the car, still in parking mode and NOT yet driving!!!
I don't understand the logic behind that! To me if the battery is 100% charged I should have before I start driving the same amount of miles before I need to recharge it, right?
3- Planning to install an EV2 charging station at home: someone suggested that I buy a converter to convert my 110v from my plug to a 220v and then connect the EV2 charging system... Does not make much sense to me beside the reduced costs, but... would that work? Won't I loose amps somewhere in the conversion?
4- within 6 weeks I'll get a NEW battery from Nissan, free of charge - yeh!- What should I do to preserve my new battery better? Install an EV2 (as recommended by the manual)?, not "toppling off and select the 80% charge only?
5- Finally: appears that Nissan does not offer an EV2 setting and a tech told me I can buy one at any store like home depot etc... True?
I am a woman, pretty handy-skilled but NOT an electrician.... My brother told me it is very easy to "pull" a 220v from my electricity box...??? Really?
Thank you for your help!