One way, yes, you could rocket down the Interstate both ways with charging on both ends. But plan on some issue such as detours or the L2 at work being down or blocked. In that case, you can still make it to work and back, you'll just have to drive slower, about 50 mph or slower, which would probably mean back roads. Check to see if there is a QC station between the two points as a backup just in case. You can use the charge timer to have the Leaf at 100% right before you go to work (or leave work) for maximum reduction of "range anxiety" as a new owner. Also, read up on the tips posted on this forum for maximizing range such as tire PSI, drive modes, etc.BigNate0730 wrote: ↑Mon Aug 28, 2023 4:41 pm Hi all! New Leaf owner in GA. Looking to commute around 37 miles one way (74 round trip) 3x per week. Range shows ~84 miles from 96% SoC (83% SoH). We have level 2 chargers at the office and I plan to charge during off peak times at home and plug in at work, with timers set to limit SoC to <90%. Will this thing handle freeway speeds and give me range, or am I an idiot for buying it to commute?
First off: congrats on your purchase! At least you got a "lizard" pack.BigNate0730 wrote: ↑Wed Aug 30, 2023 2:56 pm My big concern was maintaining 65 to 70 mph sustained and how much that would drain the battery, and it turns out it's maybe 5% more drain over the trip, when compared to slower speeds with a lot of regen. The car definitely does well in typical traffic though and is very pleasant, even fun to drive.
Not sure I am familiar with the term "lizard pack". I did enough research shopping for my daughter's to learn that the 2015 was the best 24kW Leaf for battery efficiency and longevity though. I definitely plan on keeping to the speed limit for the most part. I'm coming from a Mustang, so I am used to more "sportier" driving, but even in my Mustang, I generally try to keep to within 5 MPH of posted speed, unless overtaking. One thing I do love about the Leaf is the ability to overtake quickly when needed. Running in ECO most of the time, it is a big surprise when I mat the accelerator and get all that torque. Chews the battery up though, so I don't do it much. Now that I know what the car can do, I am going to see if I can squeeze the 74 mile round trip out of it. I've identified several 6kW-capable EVSE stations along the way now, so if I get uncomfortable with the SoC level on the return, I can stop and get a top off.Stanton wrote: ↑Thu Aug 31, 2023 6:11 am First off: congrats on your purchase! At least you got a "lizard" pack.
For the record, there is a big difference between ~70 mph and ~60 mph in Leaf (I suspect >5% in all weather conditions). The reason being the "drag" graph/ramp is not linear. I sounds like you have charging options on both ends, but as the battery degrades you may want to consider the speed factor.
NyNewLeaf wrote: ↑Thu Aug 31, 2023 5:06 am Congrats. That is a lot of charging but should work. Once you get familiar with the drive you can probably figure out exactly what you need with a margin for error. My favorite strategy is to find a Kroger, Wholefoods, Kohls or other stop on the way home where you wouldn't mind plugging in for 15 minutes to make it comfortably home. This is especially important on a cold day when you need to run the defroster. Leafspy is good and it will help you figure out if what you are doing is good for the battery.
knightmb wrote: ↑Wed Aug 30, 2023 6:24 pm If you plan on keeping it until the wheels fall off, consider investing in an ODBII bluetooth reader and LeafSpy to get all the internal information for reference or just tinkering around with the internal settings.
If nothing else, it also works on other vehicles with similar software for the phone, just like the expensive code readers they sell at the auto store.