It has been some time since I've posted an update.
My mileage rate/month has dropped as I'm splitting my driving across another LEAF. Today was a perfect example - rather suddenly this morning, I realized I didn't plug in the '11 last night. So I plugged in the '14 and because of the faster charger in the newer models, I was able to head out after a much shorter charge time and make it to work without stopping.
As we go along, things seem to be getting better and better in the world of Nissan EV. If the purported higher capacity battery packs are interchangeable, Nissan has followed through on everything I hoped for when I started this journey more than 4 years ago. The multiple model levels introduced in the last couple of years have made the car more attractive to me.
I am currently charging midway at least once each direction of my commute. The recent GID drop supports my impression that it is getting harder to go this distance. There will come a time when I say enough is enough and I don't want to try and make the old battery continue to work for this commute. I anticipate that to be somewhere around 150,000 miles. It will continue to be a great errand runner.
I have noticed that when put in ECO mode, the REGEN is now next to nothing and no longer slows the car significantly.
Everything about the car has been terrific - brakes are still on their first set, Tires are on second set with lots of tread left. Still no need for a wheel alignment and holds straight. No other mechanical issues beyond the power window switch a couple of years ago. Is there any other car model out there that can go this kind of distance with such little maintenance?
Thanks again for everyone's support and encouragement. Steve
Mileage as of May 19, 2016 is 150,000 - 147 GID at 100%
Ordered Jan. 21, 2011 Delivered May 13, 2011
Number of months with highest mileage on Carwings - 23
First LEAF to 100,000 Miles in USA if not worldwide
First non commercial LEAF to 150,000 Miles