The signal from the EVSE tells the car how many amps it can pull. You must of course only install the EVSE on a circuit whose wiring can supply those amps. More specifically, the device is only allowed to pull a maximum of 80% of the circuit's capacity. So on a 20 amp circuit you can only install a 16A EVSE, etc...garyd9 wrote:Eventually, I'd wire a 220 jack/charger in my garage, but probably NOT the 220v, 50amps that the nissan supplied cable expects. Am I correct that if I use a different EVSE that's designed for lower amperage, that it'd actually supply less amperage to the car?
Nissan goofed big time by including a dual voltage EVSE that requires a 40 amp circuit, while implying that people can plug it into (typically 30 amp) dryer circuits. You don't need a 50 amp circuit, but you do need 40, because the National Electrical Code requires constant draw devices like EV charging stations and cable to have circuits with 20% more amperage available, to prevent overheating issues.Eventually, I'd wire a 220 jack/charger in my garage, but probably NOT the 220v, 50amps that the nissan supplied cable expects. Am I correct that if I use a different EVSE that's designed for lower amperage, that it'd actually supply less amperage to the car?
The heat pump is now optional on the SV (but standard on the SL). You have to get the SV All Weather Package to get the heat pump, heated steering wheel, and even heated seats.Given your climate, I'd try to make sure the car has a heat pump (SV/SL).
Leafs have 12 little capacity "bars" (the original Leaf dashboard had a charge display that consisted of 12 "fuel bars" and the capacity bars were short little extensions of them on the display) displayed. IIRC, the 40kwh Leafs have a capacity screen that looks more like a cell phone battery display, with 12 segments that have no dividing lines. Anyway, the 12th bar (the first one to vanish as capacity drops) represents about 15% of the full capacity. The bars after that each represent about half that much. The capacity represented is real, and important, but the representation isn't extremely accurate. Still, this is the measure that Nissan uses to decide if you get a new battery under warranty.How long could I expect to own the car in Western PA (Pittsburgh area) before the 40 KWh battery degrades by 50%? Nissan will replace the battery if it gets "below 9 out of 12 bars" in 8 yrs/100k miles, but I'm not sure what that really means. For all I know, their battery "bars" are as meaningless as signal strength "bars" on a mobile phone.
I'm 6'-3" and 205 lbs and the 2013 fit is decent, but not perfect. The center console gets in the way of my knee, which on longer trips is uncomfortable and the seat kind of sucks too. But, that's unfortunately true of many cars - they aren't made for people over 6' tall.garyd9 wrote: How is the leaf's comfort for an almost 6 foot tall man who is a bit overweight?
Probably a decade.garyd9 wrote: How long could I expect to own the car in Western PA (Pittsburgh area) before the 40 KWh battery degrades by 50%?
Yes, as long as the EVSE has the ability to operate at multiple amperage set points. An inexpensive portable EVSE that does that is the Zencar 32A model.garyd9 wrote: Am I correct that if I use a different EVSE that's designed for lower amperage, that it'd actually supply less amperage to the car?
Better than any other car I've owned, but I don't own the 2019 LEAF.garyd9 wrote: How does the car handle in snow/ice?
The reviews I've seen are all pretty consistent - it's quiet.garyd9 wrote: How does the car handle and feel on a highway going 65-75 MPH? Obviously, the "engine" wouldn't be noisy, but is there much wind noise? Is the drive smooth?
On my 2013 SV, I don't notice any difference in "pick-up" at lower states of charge.garyd9 wrote: In testing, I noticed that the car has nice pick-up. Does that change when the battery is lower than full?
Likely similar issues to the 2018, so have a look at this ongoing post, among others:garyd9 wrote: What are the issues I should expect to see from the '19 Leaf SL (with tech package)?
If you have little snow or ice, it handles as well as any other FWD car with all-season tires, and better than many. Add dedicated snow tires on all four wheels, and it handles great in snow and ice. The Michelin X-ice is a common choice, including for me. They are actually very quiet as well. If you want extra wheels for the snows, 17" Nissan Juke wheels fit fine. I'm not 100% sure if the 16" alloy wheels from previous Leafs fit, but I think the Leaf S still uses the same 16" steel wheels; if so, then 16" snows on 16" steel wheels should work great.How does the car handle in snow/ice?