rcm4453 wrote:Would a 2012 SL Leaf missing 1 bar still be able to do 35 miles on a full charge in winter here in Minnesota with the heat on? I'm seeing a lot of 2012s for really good prices online but most are missing 1 or 2 capacity bars. I don't want to spend more then $8k so this pretty much limits me to 2012s. As long as I can do 35 miles in winter I don't care if it's missing 1 or 2 bars.
As LeftieBiker said there are lots of variables, actual outside air temp probably being the biggest. In my '13 S(not sure if it has a heat pump, air or hot water heater
) I can get 80 miles in the summer(with AC on) but that drops to 60 in the 20s-30s with almost constant heat ON(fan speed 1 or 2 with heat set at 76 degrees, morning preheat enabled but not evening). Unfortunately when it gets in the single digits the range drops to the 40s and below zero the range could be as low as the mid 30s, and this is with a battery missing no bars. I'm generally driving mostly highway and speeds in the 65-70mph range.
That said if your getting 25 miles on a Volt(commendable) I can't believe you couldn't get 35+ on a Leaf, even missing 1 or 2 bars. As others have said you can play with the heater to gain some extra range but for the most part I have to leave mine on 100% of the time during the cold to keep the windows clear(sure wish the Leaf had a heated windscreen like some of the older Ford's). A sunny cold day may be different, allowing you to turn off the heat but as you know we have more cloudy days in the winter than sunny, thus requiring near constant heater use.
On the coldest of cold days would there be a way you could plug it in at work? I realize most parking spots don't have such previsions but you might be able to find a few spots meant more for engine block heaters or sometimes near the building they might have a lowly 120v outlet meant for service, you'd want to ask with management first though. Using 120v at sub zero temps isn't really going to gain you much battery charge but it would be nice at least for a little preheating before leaving work, should allow you to use the actual car heat less, thus extending range.