TaylorSFGuy wrote:When the temperature bars rarely would go to 8 on the 2011, I didn't charge.
I only rarely see 6 TB, usually 5 in summer and 4 in winter. While I'm in a bit cooler climate, that doesn't explain it. Is getting 7 and 8 TBs related to quick charging? Do you see 7 or 8 TBs now that you are mostly avoiding daily quick charging?
I'm going to make a guess here, but since his commute was 65 mi each way, the car was either driving (discharging at about 20 KW on the freeway) or charging (L2 at 3.8 KW for 8 hrs at work and 8 hrs while sleeping). Even though the vehicle was in a nice cool, wet PNW, the battery was constantly warmer than ambient due to constant charge/discharge. How much so? I don't know, but LeafSpy has always shown my battery at least 5-10 F higher when charging than when not charging overnight (some nights I charge, some I don't). Also, my driving pattern is all city 20-40 mph and low mileage 5-10 mi/d. I'll hazard a guess that Steve's battery was constantly 10-20 F higher than ambient, maybe even more. When you add Steve's full charge/discharge cycles (almost always 0 to 100% which is hardest on LiON batteries), and later addition of 2x daily DCQC's, I'd say he fully utilized a 1st gen battery and vehicle that was probably designed for less than 75,000 mi. If I recall correctly, Nissan's CEO once stated that his engineers told him the design wasn't ready for release, but the marketing people forced it (perhaps pushed by GM's Volt release in 2010). Also, the "leading environmentally-friendly affordable family" (LEAF) car is really for in-town use (motor was optimized to 35 mph).
So, OT, Steve, congratulations on a job well-done! You've done more than your part. For those who think he should have just bought a 50 mpg diesel, remember that WA's electricity is nearly 100% hydro and we send more than half of it to CA. Steve is walking the walk, saving tons of CO2 emissions, and Taylor Shellfish is in this for the long haul. Spend some time to read more about how CO2 is acidifying the oceans, and causing massive problems for Taylor and other shellfish companies:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/201 ... r-business
http://thestorygroup.org/oyster-farmers ... ification/
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/1 ... ification/
http://mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f ... or#p441837