eclecticflower
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Re: Normalcy/Lifestyle with LEAF and no ICE car

Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:02 am

Saturday I used my 100% charge down to 1 fuel bar above the 2 red bars running up and down the highway and getting a family member to an event, etc., and getting back home. Although I was experiencing some anxiety at the end of the day, I still felt there was enough room to get home before LBW or the 1st red fuel bar. This was also the first time the temp rose a bar, to 7 bars. It has been 6 bars throughout my 1 month of ownership. I'm thinking this is pretty normal and was attributed to the hottest day of the year here (106). I'm sure I can do most of my commutes and running (weekends) without having to sweat much about route planning as long as I charge up to 100% for those occasions (probably once a week). Happy to report LEAF is meeting my needs thus far, with no backup ICE car.
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Herm
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Re: Normalcy/Lifestyle with LEAF and no ICE car

Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:14 am

Flower, there are no red bars, if you look closely the two red tick marks on the extreme right are the long term capacity ticks of the battery.. once you get to those, in a few years, you will be due for a new battery. The last two bars of the fuel gauge are just that.. even when they are gone you still have quite a bit of battery capacity in reserve.

eclecticflower
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Re: Normalcy/Lifestyle with LEAF and no ICE car

Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:08 pm

OK Herm, I'm a newbie! Yes, to restate it correctly, I was referring to the red tick marks to the right of the last 2 blue/white fuel bars. So, I need to ensure I completely understand the fuel bars. If I use up all the blue/white fuel bars with white tick marks to the right, that leaves the 2 blue/white fuel bars with red tick marks to the right. I believed I would be getting low on batt when down to those last 2 bars, but I might have some discretionary range of about ~20 miles based on the approximation displayed on the GOM (which I know is iffy). At what level of fuel bar depletion will I see the LBW, VLBW warning & the turtle? Does that occur during use of those last 2 fuel bars with the red tick marks to the right? Thanks for the expert help!

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Herm
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Re: Normalcy/Lifestyle with LEAF and no ICE car

Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:52 pm

Once your 12 capacity bars are gone (blue/white ones) you still have anywhere from 24 to 8 miles of range left, depending on how you drive (24 miles at 35mph etc), your best resource is to print out Tony Williams range chart. He also has a chart for an 11 ticks degraded battery. Once your 12 capacity bars are gone you have up to 24 miles left and the low battery warning light will light up, 16 miles later very low battery will light off and 8 miles later you get turtle.. the GOM will disappear at one of these warnings.

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eclecticflower
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Re: Normalcy/Lifestyle with LEAF and no ICE car

Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:44 pm

Thanks so much, Herm! I had much more juice than I thought. So it's actually OK to use up those last 2 fuel bars, but common sense dictates you should probably complete you commuting with a bar of fuel left, if you don't have meters or charts. That chart will come in handy - thanks for the help! :P

Curious, though...do most LEAF drivers deplete all their fuel bars and then head home, assuming it's a short distance? Is that the norm or is that just those risk takers :?:
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Re: Normalcy/Lifestyle with LEAF and no ICE car

Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:29 am

eclecticflower wrote:Thanks so much, Herm! I had much more juice than I thought. So it's actually OK to use up those last 2 fuel bars, but common sense dictates you should probably complete you commuting with a bar of fuel left, if you don't have meters or charts. That chart will come in handy - thanks for the help! :P

Curious, though...do most LEAF drivers deplete all their fuel bars and then head home, assuming it's a short distance? Is that the norm or is that just those risk takers :?:
Using up the last two bars is something to avoid in the same way that charging to 100% is something to avoid. In other words, if you need to, use them and try not to leave the car at that low charge state too long. I usually consider LBW to be the lowest I want to be when arriving home, but as you can see from the chart, you still have quite a bit of reserve in case your planning has come up short...and always remember that slowing down will make a huge difference if you realize that you're short on battery.
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eclecticflower
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Re: Normalcy/Lifestyle with LEAF and no ICE car

Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:36 am

Thanks, Davewill! That's kind of what I thought. I do drive a lot slower and I stay in the poke-along lane on the highway most of the time, too (I have no big deadlines). The chart will be very helpful to me, as well. I appreciate all the expert advice. :)
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Reserved 08/10, Ordered 3/12/2012, $99 Refunded 5/16/12, Delivered 6/4/12.

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