I've had the car for about three weeks now. Range is only about 80kms even from 100% with the GOM saying up to 110kms. We did a ~75km trip with a full battery saying over 100km of range but ended up getting home with 5km on the GOM. Not driving crazy, getting kWh/km of 0.16 to 0.19, but might just be the cold Canberra winter killing the range? Just had pickles call me to try and sell me an extended warranty, reminded them that I don't have normal parts that the warranty would apply to, they're going to get back to me on how it would apply to the traction battery. Overall I like the leaf, my wife drives it to work mostly, but we're still having to constantly think about range. There's a regular trip to family on the other end of town that the leaf is just falling short of comfortably doing. Still waiting on access to the ACTEWAGL chargers that'd let us chademo charge in Tuggeranong before coming back to Belconnen.
Last Edit: Aug 26, 2019 13:34:02 GMT 11 by stripey
I've had the car for about three weeks now. Range is only about 80kms even from 100% with the GOM saying up to 110kms. We did a ~75km trip with a full battery saying over 100km of range but ended up getting home with 5km on the GOM. Not driving crazy, getting kWh/km of 0.16 to 0.19, but might just be the cold Canberra winter killing the range?
Hi stripey, was ~75km trip you did was mostly highway at 100kph or more?
0.16 to 0.19 is actually pretty bad (unless you're doing 100kph or more, or uphills). Do try to reset it next time and measure your specific journey. If what you did (the ~75km one) was done at 0.17kWh/km, that was as expected then, i.e. you've consumed close to 13kWh.
Your fully charged figure (at 10bar health) will be roughly around 15kWh. Your GOM showing 5km left will be pretty accurate. You already way passed the LBW (Low Battery Warning) I presume?
In short, it's not the winter range that killed it, but it's the hilly driving (i.e. at 0.16kWh/km or more).
For comparison, my Leaf efficiency is at 0.14~0.15 kWh/km when the bulk of the journey is at 100kph (flat terrain).
Canberra has hills and 90-100km/h roads linking satellite towns. Not much I can do about that. The 75km trip had two legs on our parkways as well as some more suburban driving. LeafSpy says it's got 49.85AHr which should be 17.9kwh of battery, so 0.17kwh/km should be 105kms of range, but it's falling short of even 90kms. 0.17wh/km was for that specific journey.
It was doing 0.27wh/km the day I picked it up during the blizzard, but I also figured out that pickles had only inflated the tyres to 32 psi. I've gone to 39psi now. The tyres weren't low rolling resistance tyres either, though I've forgotten the brand and can't check it at the moment. They seemed pretty new too, so won't be due for replacement for a while.
Last Edit: Aug 27, 2019 12:03:43 GMT 11 by stripey
... The 75km trip had two legs on our parkways as well as some more suburban driving. LeafSpy says it's got 49.85AHr which should be 17.9kwh of battery, so 0.17kwh/km should be 105kms of range, but it's falling short of even 90kms. 0.17wh/km was for that specific journey.
Hi stripey, Your figure is suspiciously large for a 10-bar health leaf. Did you take 49.85Ah figure from the red highlighted below?
Your full available kWh when is fully charged is on a different page of the LeafSpy, as I hihglighted in the green box above instead.
My guess, you'll only have around 15kWh when it's fully charged, hence, 76km range on 0.17kWh/km (using 13kWh usable range). You don't want to rely the range beyond VLBW (Very Low Battery Warning) which chimes in at 2kWh remaining. It's good to know it's there, but emergency only
Last Edit: Aug 27, 2019 14:52:09 GMT 11 by rusdy: Add details
I've only installed LeafSpy Lite at the moment, which doesn't have those additional pages, just the AHr you circled in red.
Oops, I've forgotten how LeafSpy lite looks like, sorry!
So, to cut it short, unfortunately you don't have 17.9kWh when fully charge. Most likely 15-ish kWh, and only 13-ish kWh usable. So, your previous trip was correct, i.e. just under 80km range at 0.17kWh/km.
I only came across this thread after I bought it sorry! I went and looked at another black Leaf that had a newish battery under warranty and someone else made an offer while I was thinking about it, and this white leaf was the only other leaf in Canberra for sale and thought that 10 bars was an ok deal for $5k less. I'm really hoping that aftermarket batteries will be a thing by the time the range whittles away even further to the point where it can't do my wife's commute to work.