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What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:48 am
by driveleaf
So as part of my move to another part of the country, my employer is shipping my cars. One of them being my days old leaf.

So what does a leaf do when it's left to sit for approximately a week? I'll post updates here.

It started with an 83% charge, showing 76 miles of range with climate control off, and 60 with climate control on. The dealer was confident that proper procedure was to charge the car to 80% for storage.

5 hours 0 minutes to trickle charge, 1 hour 30 minutes to L2 charge. (Sorry, I didn't grab a screen grab.)

The car is now on day 3 of it's journey, still sitting at the depot in Gardena.

As far as I know, it's only been driven onto a flatbed tow truck, and then driven off to sit in a lot waiting for the autotransporter.

Day 2 yields the following:

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Re: What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:51 am
by driveleaf
Day 3 yields the following:
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Re: What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:55 am
by occ
Wow, interesting....so after the 1st two days, the battery went down by 5% charge and held steady...so far?

Does carwings report odometer? Did your transport guy go for a joyride?

Re: What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:22 am
by garygid
Every 5 days, if nedessary, the LEAF will recharge the 12v battery (from the traction battery), and a small variation in estimated SOC can "drop" a bar, making it look like more charge has been lost than actually has been used.

Also, there must be a fair amount of electronics still "ON" in the car to measure cell voltages, calculate SOC, use the CAN buss, and talk/listen to CARWINGS.

Where is the RFID, inside an unlocked car, or ... ? Maybe that and the security system take extra power?

Did you record the mileage when you "gave" the car to them?

This is one example of where the Watt-Hours-Used meter would accurately tell the "real" story.

But, since things are stable now, it is looking good. :)

Re: What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:29 am
by gudy
I left my LEAF for almost 3 weeks at home, with the battery charged at about 60%. I lost about 3-4 miles during this period. The LEAF was not plugged in.

Re: What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:31 am
by evnow
driveleaf wrote:So as part of my move to another part of the country, my employer is shipping my cars. One of them being my days old leaf.
So which state are you moving to ? Is that to a non-launch state ...

Re: What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:41 am
by LakeLeaf
Will the CA rebate still be available to you since you are leaving the state?

Re: What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:59 am
by garygid
The CA Rebate requires 3 years in-state.

Re: What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:04 pm
by driveleaf
I did indeed forfeit my $5,000 CA rebate, so I trust that one of you deserving leaf purchasers will apply for it and promptly cash that check.

If I told you which state I was moving to, that would probably end the fun debate on the commute thread about where I could drive 3 miles to, then 7 miles inside property. :)

It is indeed a non-launch state, so I will be the first leaf the local DMV has faced off with. And it will not endear me to my fellow leaf waiting list holders who have been pushed back.

Yeah for early adopting gone awry. I'll keep everyone posted.

Re: What does a sitting leaf do?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:24 pm
by LEAFer
driveleaf wrote:If I told you which state I was moving to, that would probably end the fun debate on the commute thread about where I could drive 3 miles to, then 7 miles inside property. :)
Siberia ? :lol:

See ... you should have been careful at the gate this morning, like I told you !