Nissan Leaf Tidbits

10/14/2019

Nissan Leaf Tidbits

Nissan Leaf purchased before 2019-07-07 enjoys free charging from EVgo which customer service is excellent thought their fast-charging stations are relatively sparse right now (2019).   One can drive a Leaf from Boston to Montreal (500 km) with 0 charging cost by using EVgo or Nissan Dealer charging stations.  

The battery consumption by elevation gain can be calculated.  It is about 1.14% of battery capacity/100 m for Leaf S with 40 KWH battery. 

On a earlier fall day with moderate temperatures (11°C - 13°C), a trip from Ipswich to Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch (620 M elevation gain, 220 km) used 106% battery capacity,  the return trip (10°C) used 82% (this low number can be attributed to heavy slow traffic on a fall Sunday). 

On a late fall day with cold temperatures (-3°C - 5°C), the same trip to Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch used 124% battery capacity without using heating. The return trip (-3°C - -2°C) used 112% battery capacity with the heating on for 1/3 of the trip. 

It uses 21% battery from the Scenic Vista at 3654 White Mountain Highway, Intervale, NH, 03845 to Pinkham Notch. 

On the Christmas return trip from Joe Dodge Lodge with temperatures of -4°C - 3°C, it used 86% of the battery to reach Port City Nissan for charing, and additional 32% to reach home. 

It uses 38% of the battery to travel from Ipswich to York with the temperature at 2°C.  It uses 85% of the battery to reach Pinkham Notch from York.

Drag coefficient Cd=0.28.  The most aerodynamic cars such as Mercedes-Benz A-Class have Cd around  0.22. 

Charging Time:

Level 1 (regular wall outlet) charging rate is about 1.4 KW, so charging a 40 KWH battery pack takes about 28 hours. 

Level 2 (J1772) charging rate is about 6.6 KW, so charging a 40 KWH battery pack takes about 6 hours. 

Level 3 (CharDeMo) charging rate varies widely.  It may start at 50 KW, but drop to 3 KW when the battery pack is charged to 95%.  I may take 1.5 hours to charge a 40 KWH battery pack fully.

 

Charging stops from Ipswich, MA to Ovid, NY:

  1. Charlton Service Plaza Westbound (125 KM).
  2. Lee Service Plaza Westbound (246 KM).
  3. Mohawk Valley Welcome Center - Westbound(386 KM) (3 CHAdeMO stations) 
  4. Ovid, NY (627)

 

 The app LEAF EZ-Charge has an outdated map missing many charging stations.  One should use other apps such as EVgo, ChargePoint. ChargePoint appears to have the best updated map.

https://openchargemap.org is great.

PlugShare app, carstations.com miss many stations.