Nissan LEAF Q&A
HOW DO YOU PLAN YOUR DRIVE?
I KNOW THE AREA PRETTY WELL AND CAN ESTIMATE HOW FAR THINGS ARE.
I have not had any issues with the range since leasing my LEAF. I have (maybe twice) checked exactly how far a multiple destination errand run would be in total—just to make sure I would have no problems.
DURING THE WEEK, I KNOW MY DISTANCES AND AM CONFIDENT ABOUT HOW MUCH CHARGE I USE, SO THERE’S NO PLANNING REQUIRED.
On the weekends, we just make sure we fully charge and double check our distances if we think it’ll be close. We don’t use public chargers a lot, but we have plugged into a standard outlet at a friend’s house knowing we’d need to charge a bit for the drive home.
I TAKE A LOOK AT CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE ON PLUGSHARE.
I'll make sure I can make it to each charging station. Longest trip was Granite Falls, NC to Durham, NC with a stop in Winston-Salem, NC to charge.
I FIRST PLAN TO MAXIMIZE RANGE WITH DRIVING TECHNIQUES.
But if that won't get me there on one charge I find a convenient charger and plan to refuel myself while my LEAF refuels too.
AT THIS POINT I'M PRETTY COMFORTABLE WITH THE RANGE OF MY CAR.
I know what I can do on one charge and, if I'm in a situation where I know I'll need more, I just plan it out (this has happened once).
I USE GOOGLE MAPS.
I KNOW THE GENERAL LOCATION OF EVERYTHING.
If a quick estimate says I'll have a spare 10 miles or more of range I don't really give it a second thought. Otherwise I'll track my progress on my phone.
ON A DAILY BASIS, THE ONLY PLAN NEEDED IS TO CHECK WITH MY SPOUSE TO SEE WHICH OF US WILL DRIVE FARTHER WITHIN RANGE.
That person takes LEAF. For longer trips, we check PlugShare and make sure we have a plan.
IT'S EASY TO PREDICT WHEN AND HOW FAR I CAN GO DEPENDING ON WEATHER, TEMPERATURE AND OTHER FACTORS.
FIND CHARGERS ON PLUGSHARE
and then map it out on Google maps with a guess towards range based on average speed and terrain. [*]
NOW THAT I UNDERSTAND THE VEHICLE BETTER,
I am more confident in knowing how I should prepare for various trips.