Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:09 am
Delivery Date: 01 Apr 2012

ANY GPS would do

Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:01 am

On those days that I have to add some range due to either necessary driving during the day or low outside temperatures, I would love a GPS (either embedded or 3rd party) that would route me for best cost/range performance. Neither the option for my 2011 Leaf nor the option for my Garmin Nuvi give me the ability to optimize range.

For an example, the default for most GPS units is the faster method. Taking a beltway around a major city to get to the other side may get me there faster, but it may also add 15-20 miles to the trip. Going through the city may take me longer, but it would keep me at optimal performance for an EV (unlike gas engines that suffer severely from stop and go traffic) and help me get there with less anxiety.

On most days I barely get to the halfway point on my battery gauge, but there are THOSE days when it just doesn't work. Last week I got called to help my daughter get her car because she was 10 miles short of getting home. The trip to and from her destination added almost 30 miles to the distance she had to travel. Again, the straight line would have taken longer, but it would also have gotten her home without the tow and charge. Fortunately, NISSAN did pick up the towing charge.

Posts: 24
Joined: Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:40 pm
Delivery Date: 08 Mar 2013
Leaf Number: 1106

Re: ANY GPS would do

Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:49 pm

On my Garmin GPS, there are two options for routing: fastest route, or shortest distance. Choosing the latter has helped me in similar situations. It's not perfect as it doesn't take into account all factors (e.g. terrain, etc), and sometimes the shortest route is also the fastest road, but it does help. I wish they had an "avoid freeways" feature sort of like Google Maps has, but I haven't seen that yet.

Posts: 383
Joined: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:42 am
Delivery Date: 17 Oct 2015
Leaf Number: 311353
Location: Dallas, TX

Re: ANY GPS would do

Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:19 am

Navigon on the iPhone and Android both have the ability to avoid highways, toll roads, etc. They do not have an explicit "optimize range" mode though. Nor do they highlight EV charging stations, though I have requested that feature. (They can highlight gas stations.)
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES (lease ended) • 2015 Nissan LEAF S • 2019 Kia Niro EV EX
Mods: Matte black Juke wheels, LED headlights and accessory lights, horn, CarPlay receiver

Posts: 1403
Joined: Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:34 pm
Delivery Date: 10 Apr 2013
Location: Jacksonville FL.

Re: ANY GPS would do

Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:23 am

check out the WAZE app for your phone, it is probably the best gps mapping out there
WARNING This post may contain material offensive to those who lack wit, humor, common sense and/or supporting factual or anecdotal evidence. All statements may be subject to literary devices not limited to: irony, metaphor, allusion and dripping sarcasm

Posts: 373
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:37 pm
Delivery Date: 09 Apr 2014
Location: Phoenix

Re: ANY GPS would do

Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:33 am

FYI, starting with the 13 model year there is an ECO routing option. It also displays an estimate of what the state of charge will be after arriving to the destination and allows you compare the various routing methods.
Had six Nissan LEAFs in five years. Hope to get another.
Retired Nissan Employee (NTCNA-AZ). Opinions expressed here are my own.

User avatar
Posts: 2281
Joined: Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:56 am
Delivery Date: 01 Sep 2011
Leaf Number: 7458
Location: Plano, TX
Contact: Website Twitter

Re: ANY GPS would do

Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:26 pm

Haven't you guys ever used the mapping/routing function in CarWings? Before you laugh, I use to use it a lot to plot out routes for shortest distance; once I figured out my "high frequency" trips, I stopped using it so much (it's a pain to log-in, type in the address, etc.); it has EV friendly options like no highways, etc.
2011 Blue Ocean SV w/floor mats & window tint
Lithium Pros 12v LiFePO4 battery w/Antigravity Battery Tracker
FIAMM 74100 horns
Wet Okole seat covers
Tor's low-power heater mod
2013 sun visor
Battery Pack replaced (Rev E) @51 months and 41k miles

User avatar
Posts: 2768
Joined: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:43 am
Delivery Date: 03 Dec 2012
Leaf Number: 23156
Location: Central Massachusetts

Re: ANY GPS would do

Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:58 pm

Some map apps can be set to pedestrian mode, which yields the absolute shortet path, but you do have to check it to make sure the path is on a road, sometimes it'll go where a car can't.
'12 SL last reading @ 2 yr, 22k, 260 GIDs, 62.35 Ahr

'15 SV w/QC, Mfd 5/14, Leased 8/14, 292 GIDs, 64.38 Ahr when new
@ 36 months, 34k, 270 GID, 57.49 Ahr

'17 Bolt LT

6.72 kW Array

Return to “Enhancement / Change Requests”