johnrhansen wrote:From my observations, there are 4 power on modes available to the car.
Drive mode. all is working. little car is showing, no idiot lights on. Accessed by pushing down the brake pedal and pushing the button. You can drive the car in this mode. The heat and A/c work in this mode.
charge mode. PS light is on. Battery charge indicator light is off. Little car is not showing. Heat and Ac work in this mode. Only available when car is plugged in and charging. (blue lights on dash blinking) Accessed by pushing button when car is plugged in and charging. Brake pedal on or off has no effect.
halfway on mode. all the dash indications show. Pretty much looks exactly like the charge mode above except that the battery charge indicator light is on. this is how I tell the difference between the two. The heater controls light up and the fan runs, but heat and ac do not work. Basically all of the normal things that are powered by 12 v are on, but all the things powered by HV are off. This is accessed by pushing the button with the brake pedal off and the car not plugged in and charging.
accessory mode. just the radio works. accessed by pushing the button again in the halfway on mode.
We've had discussions on the behavior and formal (in the manual) names are for the various states, at least while not plugged in. See viewtopic.php?p=279704#p279704
. At the time, I didn't have a Leaf yet but was very familiar w/the similar states on my 06 Prius (Smart Key System in Toyota parlance) and my mom's 07 Altima Hybrid (Intelligent Key in Nissan parlance).
When the car is lit, that's READY mode.
I've personally found then when SoC is very low, I think somewhere around VLBW or below it, you can be plugged into L2 actively charging but the heater or AC (on my '13 SV) may not function while in ON mode. I've only ever hit that at very low SoC.