dmbshn41 wrote:I have a 2013 S, 38k miles. I only charge to 80%, and rarely (2-3 times a year) charge to 100%. In November 2018, I lost my first bar on range. However, I’ve charged to 100% twice since then needing the range, and the car charges up the 12th bar. It will show a 12th bar of charge, but not a 12th bar of charge of potential range.
Anyone ever see this before? Car drives as it always has, range and charge is normal.
This is perfectly normal. A degraded battery still charges to 12 charge bars - it's just the tiny capacity bars next to them that drop in number. You are actually lucky: I'm guessing that your car was built later in 2013. If it had been built before April of 2013, you would likely have lost three or more capacity bars by now - more in a hot climate. The more hardy later chemistry will continue to degrade slowly, but you should know that the 12th bar is equal to 15% of charge, while the others fall after about half that amount is lost, so the other bars will last about half as long. We consider 12 bars kept for 5 years to be very good for a Leaf...
Looking at your location, I'm assuming that it gets cold there at night, even in Summer, and that, along with charging to 80%, is what has helped your battery last this well.