Dermiab wrote:I'm thinking of buying a 30kW Nissan Leaf in my efforts to be a bit more green and save on road tax and fuel costs. I do however have a bit of "range anxiety." I know the official figure is 155 miles but I am sure that's total twaddle.
I occasionally drive 120 miles to visit our daughter and I was wondering if any members here can give me a realistic everyday range, especially for motorway driving at 70mph.
At 70 mph your battery usage will be about 3.0 miles/kw. Do the math. 120 miles at 3.0 miles/kw takes 40 kW. With a 30 kWh battery your useful capacity will be about 26 kWh.
No way are you going to get 155 or even 120 miles with a 30 kWh Leaf. Even a 40 kWh 2018 or 2019, 120 miles at hwy speeds is only possible at lower speeds and new battery. Even with a new battery 40 kWh Leaf any rain, closed road detour and you will run out of juice.
Now a Leaf Plus with the 62 kWh battery will do a 120 mile Hwy trip very comfortably. .
I know this because I’ve owned all 3 versions and I now do a 125 one way trip at 65 mph from home to our cabin several times a month with our 62 kWh Plus. When we arrive I have 70-90 miles of range left. I have a level 2 charger at the house and the cabin to top off after arriving.