Amazing1 wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:54 am
Thank You for the suggestions, and I have just updated our location.
To answer questions about our planned use of our Leaf... Currently 30k miles and 11 bars. Our use will be 100% non-highway driving. We use the car 4-5 times a week with local trips, the furthest one being 60 miles round trip twice a week. Currently charging 4 times a week using a 3.3 kWH 240v charger at home, to 90-95% capacity (for our longest trip only).
We drive with the ECO off all of the time, and since our purchase I am showing that our power usage is 4.4 to 4.6 miles/kWh. As far as Winter or cold weather driving goes, we will seldom if ever use the Leaf if the temperature is below 40 degrees or above 85-90 since we have other nice cars that we can also drive.
I believe this should mean our battery will last a long time, but still my purpose of the original post I guess is to know now that my options on re-freshing and putting in a new battery are still going to be very limited regardless if its 5,6 or 8 years down the road.
Cool. Charging rate and max station output rate (https://www.clippercreek.com/three-thin ... arge-time/
) are measured in kW, not kWh. You did get your miles/kWh units correct.
60 miles roundtrip on a single charge will get dicey as the battery degrades, esp. if it gets too cold.
Unfortunately, you mentioned Georgia, which sounds like a hotter part of the US. Degradation in your part of the US will be significantly worse than in milder climate (e.g. Seattle area and cities where it doesn't get hot like the city of SF).
Yes, you might want to replace the big HV battery or the car once the car's no longer suitable for your use cases. Not sure when that'll be. If you can charge at your destination(s) or along the way (check Plugshare), that's help extend the car's range autonomy.
People have asked Nissan corporate official for an upgrade path to a larger battery. Who knows if Nissan will change their mind and if the HV battery prices will be reasonable?
Back to question 3, I live and work in Silicon Valley so my views may be a bit ummm... colored by what I see. And, my employer pays very well. We used to have lots of Leafs at my work. For awhile, Leafs were a pretty big proportion of on the EVs + PHEVs at my work. Now, the proportion is much smaller and are lot of other models showing up. I guess that some of them were leased and returned or they sold in favor of something else. Tesla is decimating everyone else in terms of US EV/PHEV sales (https://insideevs.com/news/373812/ev-sa ... mber-2019/
). Seems like most of the new (to my work) EVs/PHEVs showing up are Model 3's. We have an internal registry where we're supposed to put in car make, model, color, plate #, work email, etc.
Numerous folks who had Leafs (or other short range EVs) have gone w/something else. Two folks on my street who leased Leafs got Bolts well before me. I know another guy who had an '11 Leaf (not sure if he still does) but got a Bolt long ago. Someone else at my work leased a Leaf but now has a Bolt. Another guy who had a Focus Electric ended up also getting a Model S. He left the company though. Someone else who was leasing a Fiat 500e now seems to have a Model X and BMW i3 REx in their household (they're fricking nuts if you ask me from a reliability POV). Another guy was also leasing a Fiat 500e (wife mostly drove it) now has a Bolt.
Will there be a sufficient audience w/24 and 30 kWh Leaf owners w/a car that has little value once it has degraded too much to want to spend big $ on a battery, even if there were an upgrade path available? Unclear to me... This is against the backdrop of 40 and 62 kWh Leafs + all sorts of other EVs being available, new and used.
I don't use free public L2 charging much any more and the place that had 8 public free stations now only has 3 handles open for the public. Over time, I sometimes became the lone Nissan there. At one point, GM vehicles would dominate there (Spark EV, both gens of Volt and Bolt).