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Power meter

Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:43 pm
by turbo2ltr
This might go in the "duh" category but I just realized it a few days ago. It was so subtle and I never RTFM so I didn't notice it.

The "bubble" power meter on top of the dash shows power and regen using the white dots. That's pretty obvious. But it also shows "available" power and regen. When the pack is fully charged, regen is not available. You will notice the inner circles of the bubbles in the regen area are not illuminated. As the pack discharges and regen becomes available, the circles will illuminate indicating that regen level is available, and the white dot will go there if prompted.

The same thing occurs on the power side when you start to approach turtle mode. In turtle mode you'll only have 3 or 4 circles, which quickly dwindle to one.

Re: Power meter

Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:02 pm
by garygid
Very good observation!
You are the first to report that here in the forum, I believe.

Re: Power meter

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:29 am
by LEAFfan
We already knew that there would be no regen at 100%, that's one of the reasons I'm only going to charge to 80%.

Re: Power meter

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:50 am
by DaveinOlyWA
80% is not an option for everyone so knowing when and at what level u can start regen is INVALUABLE!!

i have the advantage that i can pretty much roll thru the neighborhood so i purposefully drive slow and dont stop. the "perks" (its a struggle to find them!!) of being one of the few on the road at 5:30 AM.

on 100% i have to drive about 1½ miles before i get any regen options.

lately i have been timing the Leaf to only charge at 90+ % anyway. i am averaging hitting 100% about 1-2 times every 2 weeks or so.

the SO requires the SOC be 100% (she still has range anxiety despite having at least 15 miles of range left when returning home)

Re: Power meter

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:24 am
by mwalsh
DaveinOlyWA wrote:on 100% i have to drive about 1½ miles before i get any regen options.
Same here - I get one regen bubble by about the time I've driven 1.5 miles.

However, I haven't checked to see when I get beyond one bubble and start to see full regen, mostly because by the time another .5 miles has gone by I'm joining the freeway and cruising for ~8 miles before the next opportunity to slow/brake occurs.

Re: Power meter

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:26 am
by LEAFer
turbo2ltr wrote:As the pack discharges and regen becomes available, the circles will illuminate indicating that regen level is available, and the white dot will go there if prompted.
Nice to know. Thanks. Do the regen circles all become available at once or gradually increasing (one-at-a-time) as the pacl discharges further ?

Re: Power meter

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:42 am
by turbo2ltr
Its gradual, but I've seem some oddness where regening will push to enable more circles.

Re: Power meter

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:13 pm
by DaveinOlyWA
what we REALLY need to know is how many circles to the right are left when we enter Turtle mode

Re: Power meter

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:39 pm
by turbo2ltr
From my foray into turtle this past week, I saw a reduction in power shortly before turtle mode turned on. I believe 5 or 6 circles lit. It then went to 4 circles and I got the turtle icon. I drove through my neighborhood maybe 1/3 mile and it was down to two circles as i was pulling into the garage. I sat in my garage messing with the laptop and it eventually went to zero circles (other than the "center" dot). I did not try to drive at that point as I was already in my garage and I was afraid if I pulled out, I wouldn't be able to get back in.

Re: Power meter

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:45 pm
by DaveinOlyWA
what was your recharge amount?? can you lend any credibility to the reputed 27 KWH battery pack?