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First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:18 am
by EVDean
We took a drive to Wilmington this past weekend for a visit with family. Drove at 60 - 70 MPH with cruise control on about 80% of the time, climate control AC set at 72 F. Averaged around 3.5 kWh per mile. Two charge stops plus a level 1 plug in while we were parked for the day.

A couple of things to critique. First, the steering wheel position. The newer model Leaf has a telescoping steering column, mine does not. It would be nice to have a bit more leg room for my long legged six foot frame and still be able to comfortably reach steering wheel.
Second, the hard plastic section that my knee hits on the center console. This is a thing I experience on many cars. On a long distance drive that point loaded hard plastic against my knee joint gets annoying. I plan on adding some high density foam in some manner in the near future. I have a couple non invasive ideas for that.

Overall I'm quite pleased with the car. 8-)

[youtube]https://youtu.be/uo6fiah7pfc[/youtube]

Re: First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:46 am
by DougWantsALeaf
Thank you for the video. Any chance you will be trying a coast to coast trip in the car?

Re: First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:21 am
by EVDean
If anything it would be to Phoenix. I have a brother there.

Re: First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:52 pm
by Triggerhappy007
Have you heard of https://abetterrouteplanner.com/ ?

If you haven't done so, get a OBD2 Bluetooth adapter and Leafspy. I think on the Plus, once the Leaf says the battery is below 50%, it'll be a little more. So when it says you have 20% left, you actually have closer to 30%. This is what Leafspy will show you and other info too. Leafspy Lite is free and Pro is $15.

Re: First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:10 am
by EVDean
Triggerhappy007 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:52 pm
Have you heard of https://abetterrouteplanner.com/ ?

If you haven't done so, get a OBD2 Bluetooth adapter and Leafspy. I think on the Plus, once the Leaf says the battery is below 50%, it'll be a little more. So when it says you have 20% left, you actually have closer to 30%. This is what Leafspy will show you and other info too. Leafspy Lite is free and Pro is $15.
Tried Leafspy. Doesn't work on my version of Android. I own an auto repair shop so I can connect my Autel scan tool and get a battery charge level from the same OBD PID as Leafspy would. Might have to try that for comparison to the readout on the screen.

Re: First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:04 am
by knightmb
EVDean wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:18 am
On a long distance drive that point loaded hard plastic against my knee joint gets annoying. I plan on adding some high density foam in some manner in the near future. I have a couple non invasive ideas for that.

Overall I'm quite pleased with the car. 8-)
I was going to put this in the Tips section, but I think it would be helpful for you right now because I know exactly what you mean. I'll make a more detailed post about it later, but basically, go to Walmart (or equivalent Auto store, etc.), buy a big, fluffy seat-belt cover that you can wrap around a seat-belt with the Velcro connector. Fold it over the side and you can wedge it up near the top in the hidden gap. That will keep it from falling off when you get up out of the car. Now you can rest your knee on something soft and cheap, makes a world a difference on long trips. :D

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Re: First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:57 am
by DaveinOlyWA
Interesting trip. Not knowing what your charge options were makes it hard to comment but stopping to charge with 65% SOC is something I would only do for a few minutes due to personal need. You got all that range so use it. As far as using the GOM to estimate how "close" you were; that is something that emphasizes the value of LEAF Spy. You say it didn't work with your phone? or was it the OBD?

I also did a bit of a trip as well tracking the relationship between LEAF Spy and the dash.

https://daveinolywa.blogspot.com/2020/0 ... -test.html

Re: First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:12 am
by EVDean
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I was going to put this in the Tips section, but I think it would be helpful for you right now because I know exactly what you mean. I'll make a more detailed post about it later, but basically, go to Walmart (or equivalent Auto store, etc.), buy a big, fluffy seat-belt cover that you can wrap around a seat-belt with the Velcro connector. Fold it over the side and you can wedge it up near the top in the hidden gap. That will keep it from falling off when you get up out of the car. Now you can rest your knee on something soft and cheap, makes a world a difference on long trips. :D

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Excellent tip! Thanks.

Re: First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:14 am
by EVDean
DaveinOlyWA wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:57 am
Interesting trip. Not knowing what your charge options were makes it hard to comment but stopping to charge with 65% SOC is something I would only do for a few minutes due to personal need. You got all that range so use it. As far as using the GOM to estimate how "close" you were; that is something that emphasizes the value of LEAF Spy. You say it didn't work with your phone? or was it the OBD?

I also did a bit of a trip as well tracking the relationship between LEAF Spy and the dash.

https://daveinolywa.blogspot.com/2020/0 ... -test.html
VERY limited options so I would rather err to the side of caution.

Re: First road trip in the Leaf SL PLus

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:13 pm
by DaveinOlyWA
EVDean wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:14 am
DaveinOlyWA wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:57 am
Interesting trip. Not knowing what your charge options were makes it hard to comment but stopping to charge with 65% SOC is something I would only do for a few minutes due to personal need. You got all that range so use it. As far as using the GOM to estimate how "close" you were; that is something that emphasizes the value of LEAF Spy. You say it didn't work with your phone? or was it the OBD?

I also did a bit of a trip as well tracking the relationship between LEAF Spy and the dash.

https://daveinolywa.blogspot.com/2020/0 ... -test.html
VERY limited options so I would rather err to the side of caution.
Ahh, ok. Hopefully Biden's push will eliminate the all too common areas of the country that have charging options of one...or else...