HerdingElectrons wrote:@cwerdna: I live in the 93422 area & will also operate in the 93446 area. So it can & does get quite warm/hot but I also have the flexibility to not drive in peak heat periods because I prefer to not be working when it's that hot anyways.
I had to look up those zip codes on Google maps and unfortunately I don't know those areas. From a brief look at https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/atasc ... =7/01/2018
and some months around it, it does seem pretty warm there.
Unfortunately, it is way too early to tell how the 40 kWh battery will hold up in terms of degradation. It takes us about 2 summers to find out. However, you do have an 8 year/100K capacity warranty unlike us 24 kWh folks (w/5 year/60K capacity warranty).
I pointed to some steps I take to keep my battery cooler: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... nd#p509210
Recently again, I was able to keep my battery a few degrees above 70 F when it go to 90 F outside.
There's no way during the hotter months of my year I could choose not to charge because it was above 55 F. Even in cooler months, since I charge mostly at work for free, I still will be doing the bulk of my charging when outside air temps are above 55 F.
Besides the 4 bars down when the Leaf had only been out about 21 months in Phoenix, this guy w/an '11 lost his 4th bar 2 months after the 5 year/60K capacity warranty expired.
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... ar#p454899
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... ty#p463376
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 21#p454921
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 34#p475234
Notice his delivery date is in Jan 2011 and 4th bar loss was in March 2016? He was down somewhere past 30% capacity, maybe 35% or 36%. He got no takers at $4500 and donated it. It didn't help that he was a remote part of CA. I bet if he were in the SF Bay Area, it'd have been snapped up at that price.