Nissan LEAF Q&A
ARE THERE ANY WAYS TO EXTEND YOUR RANGE?
DRIVING DOWN CITY ROADS (RATHER THAN HIGHWAYS) WILL EXTEND YOUR RANGE
because you get charge back by braking or going downhill. Also, driving less aggressively helps conserve miles.
I PICK THE SHORTEST ROUTE, RATHER THAN THE FASTEST.
I'll drive in ECO mode, but that matters more when there's stop/go traffic. On highways, I just drive slower. I limit use of climate control, using the seat/wheel heaters instead of cabin heat, or limit the AC to a high temp, and close all the vents but mine so the air blows right at me. At high speed, I don't open the windows. My longest trip was Granite Falls to Winston-Salem, NC. About 81 miles mostly on I-40. I charged there for 4 hours and kept going to Durham.
EV Term Switching to Eco Mode conserves your energy and can improve your range by as much as 10%—making your LEAF® that much more efficient.
Eco driving reduces air conditioning output, is more efficient, and can improve your range—up to 10%. Switch to Eco Mode while driving to conserve energy. To increase regenerative braking, switch to B-Mode.
if I know I'm going to be pushing the range on the car. Just those built-in tools work well enough for me, so long as I'm mindful to actually use the regenerative braking as much as possible.
B Mode provides the most aggressive brake regeneration, getting you the most power back on those downhill slopes and reducing general brake use.
THE EASIEST THING IS SIMPLY DRIVE SLOWER.
If I can slow it down a bit and not have to stop to charge, that is my first objective
The air conditioner and heater draw energy from the battery. Use a moderate temperature setting inside the cabin. Using the Nissan LEAF® CARWINGS® app or website, remotely pre-condition your vehicle while it's plugged in and draw power from the grid. [*]
ALWAYS DRIVE IN ECO MODE.
Also, I always go the actual speed limit, which extends range quite a bit.
MOSTLY COASTING TO STOPS AND DRIVING THE SPEED LIMIT EVERYWHERE.
The instant torque is too fun for me to start slowly though.
Higher speeds require more energy to overcome air resistance. Drive at constant, moderate speeds. Smooth acceleration and deceleration can extend your range.
since we are usually trying to stretch our mileage to and from work
I PLUG INTO A 110 VOLT OUTLET EVERYWHERE I GO.
If you tell people it cost 10 cents an hour to let you charge, everyone will let you plug in. That really extends the range.
EV Term Level 1 charging, or trickle charging, is possible by plugging your EV into any regular 110 or 120 volt outlet. It’s not the fastest way to charge, but it is certainly the most available.
I HAVE REALLY RETRAINED MYSELF TO DRIVE MINDFULLY.
I take more surface roads than the freeways these days, whenever I have the time. Seeing more trees being built on my dashboard helps reinforce good habits and makes me happy.
Anytime you are doing 25 to 70. It keeps the speed even and you may not notice a slight downhill grade, the LEAF will either use less energy or even re-gen braking.
CARGO AND TOPOGRAPHY
Heavy cargo and driving up steep long inclines can reduce range. Plan your trip beforehand and utilize destination charging.
USE ECO MODE
(so you are braking as soon as you take your foot off the gas). Also brake lightly to turn momentum into power with regenerative braking.
ECO MODE AND B MODE.
Find routes that avoid highways. In Texas it's not too difficult and I don't lose any time. I also save hundreds by avoiding toll roads.
DRIVE IN ECO.
Coast up to red lights. No quick starts. Take it easy on freeway.
Direct Current Fast Chargers
EV Term Also known as fast chargers, Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) deliver a full charge in less than thirty minutes. They’re the fastest EV chargers around, and they’ll charge your LEAF® in about the time it takes to enjoy a great cup of coffee.
TAKE THE SLOWER ROUTE AND ENJOY THE SCENERY.
Take the route with fast chargers along the way. Turn off the heat/AC. Pump up the tires. Remove any "junk in the trunk" to cut weight. Plan your stops for the day to minimize distance travelled.
PLANNING MY ROUTE CAREFULLY SO I KNOW WHERE CHARGERS ARE,
and how long I will need to be there. I also watch my speed and try to keep it constant on the highway.
PRE-WARM THE CAR TO REDUCE HEATER USAGE DURING THE WINTER.
Use the heated seats and the heated wheel instead of the heater. Use E to regenerate more or B mode when slowing down.
With the ever-increasing EV Infrastructure, you can plan trips based on the availability of charging stations near your destination. Use the ChargePoint® map to find charging stations along your route.
AFTER DRIVING THE CAR FOR AWHILE, I HAVE A FEEL FOR HOW MUCH ENERGY THE CAR WILL USE.
I also go by the fuel bars and not the Distance to Empty digital readout.
Driving Range Meter
EV Term The Driving Range Meter lets you monitor your energy consumption. The number of bars shows you the amount of power spent on your drive, factors in your power regeneration, and lets you know how much charge you have left.
I USE "B" ALL THE TIME, AS I COME FROM DRIVING A STICK-SHIFT
and it's closer to that driving feeling. Also, coming up to turns, I don't even have to move my foot off the pedal in many cases. As for practical advantages, the more you use regenerative braking, the more brake pad you're saving. (As well as battery charge.)