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Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Thu May 13, 2021 8:06 pm
by Wavebender
We realize we have much to learn and we welcome your first impressions.
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Re: Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Thu May 13, 2021 8:08 pm
by Wavebender
And this:
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Re: Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Thu May 13, 2021 9:04 pm
by knightmb
I guess the obvious question would be what year / trim level Leaf are you driving? :mrgreen:

Re: Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Thu May 13, 2021 9:32 pm
by Wavebender
knightmb wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 9:04 pm
I guess the obvious question would be what year / trim level Leaf are you driving? :mrgreen:
Sorry about that, chief! 2016 base model, 24kwh pack. 33k miles. We currently get nearly 100 mile range in Eco/B mode, nearly all non-freeway driving. We charge at 240v from a 50a circuit into a modified Nissan EVSE.

Re: Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Fri May 14, 2021 10:20 am
by goldbrick
That's great range for a 24kWh pack. You must be a sensible driver and as mentioned, not driving at freeway speeds helps a lot.

Expect significantly less mileage in the winter since 1) you will need to use the main battery to heat the car and 2) the battery loses some capacity when it is cold.

Also, Li batteries last longest when not operated near either extreme of full/empty charge. The worst case is full charge (100% SOC) at high temperature. Avoid those conditions as much as possible but be sensible about it. You can spend a lot of time babying the car but it is just a car after all and it won't last forever no matter how it is used.

All in all, it looks like the car is in good shape.

Re: Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Fri May 14, 2021 11:30 am
by Wavebender
Yep, I think we really got lucky with this one, our first (but definitely not our last) EV. Looking forward to many years of happy locomotion!

Re: Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Fri May 14, 2021 11:50 am
by knightmb
Nearly +2000 L2 charges and only +34K miles :lol: Looks like my wife's Leafspy, she tops her Leaf off with OCD powers to make sure it never gets under 100% SOC. :roll:

Re: Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Fri May 14, 2021 3:28 pm
by Wavebender
knightmb wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 11:50 am
Nearly +2000 L2 charges and only +34K miles :lol: Looks like my wife's Leafspy, she tops her Leaf off with OCD powers to make sure it never gets under 100% SOC. :roll:
My wife, who is the sole driver of our Leaf, tops up every evening because she has to — she never knows how much driving around her work with brain-damaged kids will require next day. She may drive 30 miles or 90 miles on any random day. That’s just her reality. The very last thing in this fallen world she wants is to run out of power on some rural road with a screaming, flailing, inconsolable five year-old in a 19 year-old body in the back seat. If that image doesn’t inspire range anxiety, I don’t know what will.

Re: Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Fri May 14, 2021 3:34 pm
by knightmb
Go with what works. I might roll my eyes at my wife for doing it, but you have a good reason for it, mine doesn't usually, but she makes the same argument you just made about never knowing when needing the maximum range.

Re: Our first LeafSpy readings

Posted: Fri May 14, 2021 4:56 pm
by SageBrush
OP: if you are charging to 100% SoC in the summer, I suggest you charge in the early AM hours so that the car does not sit at 100% for long, and the battery has had a while to cool off.

My wife would also charge to 100% every day if I did not object. I remind her that she has never driven more than 40 miles in a day since we brought the LEAF home in Jan 2017, and should the impossible happen she can always stop for a charge. One of the advantages of being retired and not having children in the back seat.