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will different tires drastically affect range

Mon May 18, 2015 7:48 pm

Someone posted that different tires affected their range adversely...Im going to 17" ( I know its in my sig, just haven't had time to install)but hadn't really considered a low rolling resistance tire because I didn't think it would be a big difference.
does anyone know the stock 17" factory Leaf tire??
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Re: will different tires drastically affect range

Tue May 19, 2015 2:10 am

They're Michelin Energy Savers.

I've gone to non-LR tires (and much wider wheels) and I've lost about 15% of my range compared to the OEM 16" Ecopias
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Re: will different tires drastically affect range

Tue May 19, 2015 2:46 am

I switched from Ecopias to non-LRR Goodyear Eagle L/S all seasons, and have lost very little range - about 0.1 M/KWH. The car steers a little more crisply, the ride is fine, and they aren't noisy, even though they are actually cheap (but US-made) tires.
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Re: will different tires drastically affect range

Tue May 19, 2015 3:20 am

LeftieBiker wrote:I switched from Ecopias to non-LRR Goodyear Eagle L/S all seasons, and have lost very little range - about 0.1 M/KWH. The car steers a little more crisply, the ride is fine, and they aren't noisy, even though they are actually cheap (but US-made) tires.
What is the typical M/KWH you get in nice weather (70+ ambient)? Thanks.

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Re: will different tires drastically affect range

Tue May 19, 2015 11:23 am

I went to non-LRR tires on the OEM rims (same size tires). I bought Fuzions, which were the cheapest I could find on tire rack. In fair-weather driving, I went from about 4.2 miles/kWh to about 3.8 miles/kWh, which is roughly a 10% loss.
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Re: will different tires drastically affect range

Tue May 19, 2015 11:53 am

this brings up another question....are LLR and "fuel efficient" tires one and the same??

Might start another thread about this...
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Re: will different tires drastically affect range

Tue May 19, 2015 12:13 pm

epirali wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:I switched from Ecopias to non-LRR Goodyear Eagle L/S all seasons, and have lost very little range - about 0.1 M/KWH. The car steers a little more crisply, the ride is fine, and they aren't noisy, even though they are actually cheap (but US-made) tires.
What is the typical M/KWH you get in nice weather (70+ ambient)? Thanks.
I get 4.3 to 4.6 in good conditions. I got the same with the Ecopias, but I'm assuming my driving technique has improved a little as well. I also have non-LRR snow tires that are hard compound, and in a comparison under similar conditions they too were just 0.1 M/KWH lower in efficiency than the Ecopias...
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Re: will different tires drastically affect range

Tue May 19, 2015 1:58 pm

Yes...even if they are still LRR tires. The fact is, the (stock) Ecopias are better than just about anything else as far as range goes (no wonder Nissan picked them), but that's about it: they don't last. There are a few threads on tires, and I have one my switch to Michelin Defenders (very happy after a couple of years).
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Re: will different tires drastically affect range

Wed May 20, 2015 8:29 am

I shifted to Yokohoma Avid Ascends, which is a LRR tire. I made the shift because I put on some 17" take-off wheels from a Nissan Juke (got them from the Nissan dealership for $50 each!). Last summer, my efficiency was generally 4.7-5.0 M/kWh with my type of driving (40-50 mph mostly). Right now I'm getting around 4.2-4.5 M/kWh. I'm hoping it will go up some though as the tires break in more - they have probably 400 miles on them now.

The 17" tires I put on are 10 mm wider (215s compared to 205s), and slightly larger circumference - about 3% (so that would make the efficiency reading drop by 3% just due to fewer revolutions per mile, even aside from any actual change in efficiency).
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Re: will different tires drastically affect range

Thu May 21, 2015 4:47 pm

I will be looking into Nokian tires - either the WRG3 all-weather, or the eNTYRE 2.0.

http://www.nokiantires.com/summer-tires ... entyre-20/

I have been very happy with the Nokian Hakka R2 (winter tires) - they roll even better than the Ecopias.

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