Thankfully summers here don't usually go over 28 or 30C. Last year we had a heat dome that pushed us to 40C and it sucked, but hopefully that doesn't repeat. And it's not really that hot for super long. In case of a super hot summer, would it be best to not drive the Leaf or to drive it very little?If you have Hot (28C+) Summers, you are going to see significantly more loss of capacity, and should then consider selling it.
Thanks for the link to your buying guide!
So, for example, charging to a 100% in the morning using a DC Fast Charger before a longer drive instead of charging it to 100% the night before at a Level 2 station and leaving it fully charged over night would be the course of action you'd take?I'd offer slightly different advice: don't worry about charging to 100% as long as you use the car soon after it's charged, and don't worry about driving it down to 10-20%. Running it to an indicated 0% (actually a bit higher in reality) can let any weak cells in the battery trigger a shutdown, even if you have a significant amount of range left. The car will slow and then shut down to protect the weakest cell(s) in the battery.
@goldbrick Thanks also for replying!
This goes in line with what LeftieBiker was saying, so I appreciate the consistency and will take both your advice to heart! Thanks!The advice to stay within 20%-80% charge is meant mostly to prevent the car from sitting at very low or very high states of charge since either extreme is hard on the battery and accelerates its degradation. In either case, time is also a factor so not much damage will be done by charging to 100% if you drive away immediately or running the battery down to 0% if you charge right away.
What you want to avoid is letting the car sit for a long time at very high % SOC or very low % SOC. Under your circumstances, I would focus more on convenience and trying to leave the car between 20% and 80% only when it's parked for a while. If you're driving around feel free to run it from 100% down to 0% if you need to, just don't park it at 99% or 1% for a week and let it sit there.
Thank you both again!!
That was my bad! I totally meant 120V, not 140V. Thanks for your concern and letting me know about the magic smoke. That's concerning!Household voltages in the US are most certainly not 140 volts! I doubt they are in Canada. 140 volts coming out of 120 volt outlets could let out the "magic smoke" (http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/M/magic-smoke.html) out of some items.