Stoaty
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Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:06 am

Caracalover wrote:Cdub, I drove my LEaf up the Angeles Crest today, started with almost a full charge and went up to MT Lowe (Almost to Mt Wilson) before turning around, heading back to the Angeles Forest hwy, cruising over to the Big Tujunga turnoff, and then going back the way we came.
I thought the Angeles Crest Hwy was still closed. When did they open it?
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mwalsh
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Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:08 am

Stoaty wrote:I thought the Angeles Crest Hwy was still closed. When did they open it?
Friday.
2011 Blue Ocean SL with 85,000 miles
2015 pack on 12/30/15
Tinted windows
Bosch AGM 12v
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cdub
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Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:11 am

mwalsh wrote:As I try to tell my wife's kids/grand kids.....an easy life is all in the planning. Not only do you need a plan A, you should always have a plan B. And in some instances a plan C isn't a bad idea either. You seem to realize your mistakes, so I won't rag you on them too badly. But....

You shouldn't have started out for a 60 mile r/t without 100% charge (then you wouldn't have needed to charge at all).

You should have waited for your Charge Point charge card to arrive.

You should have scoped out all the charging opportunities in advance. The thread I made here on my visit to SM wouldn't have been a bad place to start - you would have at least found the info for the charger on the Pier, if nothing else.

Santa Monica Nissan should have always been on your radar as plan C. And, in fact, I would have even put a shout out on here for a plan D - someone in the neighborhood who maybe wouldn't have minded you using their L2 for a few hours, like Mallory for example.
Hey...I think I said all of those "should of"s in my rant... thank you very much.
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mwalsh
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Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:14 am

cdub wrote: thank you very much.
You are quite welcome. ;) :D :lol:
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2015 pack on 12/30/15
Tinted windows
Bosch AGM 12v
Ecopia 422+ tires
L1 EVSE upgrade
FIAMM horns
Superbright LED lighting
2013 sun visors
LED shifter
Heated seats
GT-R map lamp lenses
Altima illuminated door switches

cdub
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Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:16 am

Caracalover wrote:Cdub, I drove my LEaf up the Angeles Crest today.
We actually drove 5 miles up the Crest highway before our big adventure. Beautiful up there.
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Ordered: 10/16 (Sept. order)
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cdub
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Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:18 am

Caracalover wrote:City driving is fine if you can maintain a constant speed, but eats up just as much energy as the freeway if you have a lot of stops. Best mileage in LA is in heavy traffic moving less than 65, so you can now enjoy traffic jams without worry - you are gaining charge while others are using gas.
I think going back home using surface streets was a mistake. Santa Monica blvd was a traffic jam... stop and go.

I could have made it just fine using the 10 to the 110, 5, and 2... I'll feel more confident at freeway speeds after a week of commuting to Studio City next week instead of just one commute day on Friday.
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Nissan LEAF™ ETEC trim, Cayenne Red
Reserved: 4/20
Ordered: 10/16 (Sept. order)
Delivered: 6/2 (4-22er)

VIN: 2106

xtremeflyer
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Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:54 pm

Don't forget that if you have a credit card with RFID like AMEX express pay that will also unlock the chargepoints.. I did that with one in Santa And
Ana before I got a pass.

hobbyguy
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Location: Castaic - Santa Clarita, CA

Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:27 pm

Question on Santa Monica Charge Points. Are they free to use, you just need the card to unlock and start and finish charging? I got the free card during April, but opted not to connect to a credit card. Are the one's at LAX also accessible with the card that requires no credit card attached? Thanks, I just don't see anything on this topic, I guess I am confued, nothing new there.
Just hit 10,000 miles today :D

Caracalover
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Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:21 pm

planet4ever wrote: I'm guessing that you haven't gotten the April firmware upgrade, right? I think ten miles per bar is really high with that change. ... But then maybe you do have it, and are just a much better EV driver than I am.

Ray
You are right, I haven't gotten the firmware upgrade yet, but I have stopped looking at the range meter, so not using that as a base. I can guess pretty well at this point how much energy I am using, where I can gain some, and how far it is going to take me. I enjoy gaining charge so I do take it easy about half the time, but I am never seen as slow. I have never pushed the limits of the charge (Have only charged to 100% once or twice, never been into the bottom red), but with a 30 mile commute RT for a couple months I have noticed that I get a rough ten miles per bar. Made the 30 mile round trip to Burbank twice in one day, which made the wife a little nervous but I had confidence, even though the second trip was to the Castaway in Burbank. I actually want to put a smiley face sticker over that darn range meter number - it just bugs me and is useless, don't think any fix will help either. Elevation is the factor to consider most, and enjoy the ride, don't just want the ride to be over as fast as possible - you are not in an ICE any more, so punch it and regenerate as much of it back as you can.
26,000 miles on Silver Leaf
wildcatzoo.org drive there on Sunday across a big mountain, sorry no public charging at this time.
Looking for grants to put in solar port so perhaps in the future...

Caracalover
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Re: RULES FOR NEW LEAF OWNERS

Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:28 pm

cdub wrote:
Caracalover wrote:City driving is fine if you can maintain a constant speed, but eats up just as much energy as the freeway if you have a lot of stops. Best mileage in LA is in heavy traffic moving less than 65, so you can now enjoy traffic jams without worry - you are gaining charge while others are using gas.
I think going back home using surface streets was a mistake. Santa Monica blvd was a traffic jam... stop and go.

I could have made it just fine using the 10 to the 110, 5, and 2... I'll feel more confident at freeway speeds after a week of commuting to Studio City next week instead of just one commute day on Friday.
That is what I was thinking, you likley didn't need to charge at all, and starting out 2 bars down is not an issue if you are headed toward the coast. Using the elevation loss to gain some energy on the way perhaps with surface streets, then return via the freeway would be my choice.

The wildflowers are great up the crest, we went up to the first lookout Friday night as well, just as a tester for Sat.
26,000 miles on Silver Leaf
wildcatzoo.org drive there on Sunday across a big mountain, sorry no public charging at this time.
Looking for grants to put in solar port so perhaps in the future...

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