I have followed most of these recommendation to date, except #1, as we park in the garage at night. I usually never go lower than 2 bars above red. I will let everybody know when I loose a bar. By the way, I have never turtled the car.Weatherman wrote:Agreed. Contrary to something I recently read, South Florida does not have a hot, harsh climate. In fact, where I'm at right now it's cloudy, raining and 82 degrees. Pretty typical summer weather.keydiver wrote:Don't overreact, yet. There's a big difference between our temperatures in South Florida and Phoenix.Tajim wrote:I am very concerned about this issue. I live in South Florida. After reading these post I have to imagine that it is a matter of time (soon) that I will have the same loss as everybody else.
If you like the LEAF and are willing to do a little "battery temperature management" of your own, I'd suggest the following:
1) Park the car outside at night. If you have an enclosed garage, it can be as much as 10 degrees warmer overnight in the garage than it is outside.
2) Park in the shade during the day, or, at least in a location that gets some shade during the day.
3) Buy and use a HeatShield for your windshield. It's amazing how much cooler the car's cabin is when most of the sunlight is reflected away.
4) Only charge your battery during the early morning hours when it's "cool".
5) If you don't drive a long distance in a typical day, don't even charge to 80%. I drive about 35 miles a day, and I charge to 67% (8 bars). It requires manual intervention, of course. I still have two bars left at the end of the day.
Thanks for the info.