Nissan LEAF Q&A
HOW FAR DO YOU GO IN A DAY?
AFTER TELLING SOMEONE THAT I CAN COMMUTE 72 MILES ROUND TRIP ON ONE CHARGE,
they try and burst my bubble by asking "What do you do if you get stuck in traffic?". To which I respond "I just get better mileage and you run out of gas..." [*]
I LIKEN MY LEAF TO A GASOLINE VEHICLE WITH A 4-GALLON GAS TANK
...at 20mpg, you'll get 80 miles, but could get more if you use hypermiling techniques, little-to-no climate control and the like, but you could get a lot less too.
Hypermiling is the art of energy-efficient driving. By using hypermiling techniques, like the infrequent use of the air conditioner or conservative braking, you can extend your EV’s range.
MY WORK COMMUTE IS TYPICALLY 45-55 MILES, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY ERRANDS I ADD ON.
My LEAF has never come remotely close to running out of power on my daily commute. My route covers some interstate miles and several hilly climbs of 2-3 miles each.
MY DAILY COMMUTE IS 46 MILES ASSUMING I DON'T DO ANY ERRANDS DURING THE DAY.
There is more than enough miles for me to commute without charging during the day. I typically start the day with +75 miles charge.
I HAVE BECOME MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE AND FAMILIAR WITH THE RANGE I CAN GET WITH MY CAR.
I feel pretty confident about where I need to go. I know more tricks to extend the range if needed and I usually can find a public charger also.
58 MILES A DAY FOR WORK, 24 OR MORE DAYS OUT OF THE MONTH.
And there are no plugs or chargers at my work.
WE DON'T HAVE A TYPICAL COMMUTE,
but often multiple trips around 15 miles away comes out roughly 60 miles. Sometimes one trip 30ish miles, sometimes more 80+ miles.
WHEN I FIRST GOT MY LEAF, I WAS CHARGING EVERY CHANCE I HAD.
Once I really pushed the car and saw what it could do on a single charge, I became more confident. I do think that once charging stations become more common in my area (especially
DC quick chargers), my range anxiety will become almost non-existent.
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Direct Current Quick Charger
EV Term Direct Current Quick Chargers (DCQC) are capable of charging a vehicle to 80% within 30 minutes.
MONDAY TO FRIDAY IT'S ABOUT 15 MILES PER DAY.
On weekends we probably average about 50.
I DRIVE AROUND 50-55 MILES A DAY
EV Term The 6.6kW onboard charger plugs into your 240-volt home charging dock to rapidly charge your Nissan LEAF in about 5 hours. [*]
ON AVERAGE 60 MILES COMMUTING TRIP PER WEEKDAY.
Last month I did 2,200 miles total for the month which averages at about 70 miles per day.
THE RANGE IMPRESSED ME.
I only expected to get 70 miles out of it, but once I got it, I found I could go much farther, and I've used it on longer trips than I thought I would have. The net result is more gas savings, which makes me very happy.[*]
I HAVE NOT FOUND A PLACE ON MAUI, THAT I COULDN’T DRIVE THERE AND BACK AND CHARGE AT HOME.
So even though there are many charging stations on Maui that are available, I’ve never actually needed to charge at any of those stations. And I’m delighted about that.
I DRIVE 64 MILES EACH DAY.
I usually have fifteen or so miles left when I get home. 80 miles is pretty realistic.