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Location: Seattle, WA

Re: How much reserve does a 40 kWh LEAF have?

Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:48 pm

martyscholes wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:47 pm
I am testing small road-trips for a slow buildup to a longer road trip. On the return home, I ran out of juice. I managed to get five additional miles after the battery showed 0% charge in a 2019 SL. I thought I was going to need to abandon the car before I made it to a charger. While I made it, the experience caused some anxiety. The video I made probably is not helping to convert people to EV. How much reserve is really there?
There is quite a lot of battery reserve with the Leaf, and that is one of it's biggest flaws in my opinion. I believe the reserve is 10% in all versions of the Leaf. The problem is that at 100% charge the range meter displays the range including the reserve (in both miles and percent), but once you go below ~65% it progressively subtracts the reserve. This gives the impression of using far more of the battery than you really are, and exacerbates range anxiety.
2019 Deep Blue SL Plus

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