Back to the original purpose of this thread. At the risk of bragging, I have just gone past 17,000Km. was wondering if anyone else has done more Km than that. About to head overseas for 3 weeks for some sun and warmth. should give you all a chance to catch up!!!
12 bars, although I get the sense that the 12th bar disappears earlier than it used to. In previous posts I have mentioned that my range although slightly less than originally is still reliably 120-140km. It seems to me that it dropped about 5% at about the 5000km mark and has been fairly steady since then. I picked up my car on the 3rd of October 2012 and expect to do the 20000 km service a bit before the year is up
Slightly off topic, I was away for 21/2 weeks. I had charged to 100% day before I left, but didn't end up using the car before I left, so it stayed fully charged. On my return, it seems to have the same range I would expect from a full charge, so no loss in 18 days. Not sure how long it would take for it to lose charge unused Needless to say, still loving it. So smooth....
Sorry if it's something you already know, but just in case you didn't it's worth knowing. 30% is the ideal level for storage.
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Without reading the link Feng, I was aware of that and I charged it the day before I traveled and my flight was at 10pm. I fully expected to be driving it the day of travel, but as things turned out, I didn't. So I had planned not to leave it full, but that's what happened. I have driven 112km since getting back with 20 left on the estimator, so about the usual range. Got away with it!
I hope I didn't cause any offense with what I said, being a relative newbie here I didn't want to come off sounding like a know it all. It was said with best intentions and I'll apologise if there was any misunderstanding!
How could I take offense from a fellow Bexleyite! for a newbie, you do know it all and your enthusiasm for EVs is infectious. Always enjoy reading your posts especially the ones about going up to Katoomba. Might try that one day.
I don't do 100% charges as I am lucky to be able to travel everywhere on 80%. My maximum range on 80% is 133km (all urban driving around the redlands, which is fairly flat, in summer). My normal is 115 - 120km. Tho, due to living in Queensland, I don't have to use the heater and I only use aircon when it gets above 28 degrees C (I found this last summer - I assume it is due to the lack of heat creeping in from the engine bay, compared to my old corolla).
I have some maps of trips I do on a regular basis on my blog ( lesmando24.blogspot.com.au ). I have almost done 30,000km, but due to being winter, I cannot tell how much battery I have lost (somedays I loose up to 10km in winter - about 1 bar). I commute 80km on a normal day. Once I week I have to go over large hills for volleyball - I travel 110km and have about 8-5kms left (or --- some days).
If you are suddenly loosing heaps of range, it will probably be your right foot (or the heater). Keep an eye on your rainbow gauge (or whatever the gauge above the tree is called). Try to keep it on full, or no more than 3 bars lost (use 3 power bubbles on takeoff, 5 if you are on a hill). Remember to gently lift on the accelerator when the leaf increases output to keep acceleration even (works on petrol cars too). Also, keep to the speed limits. On the freeway, I do a little less than the speed limit (so 90-95 instead of 100km/h).
So according to the chart that's in there the battery is likely to not last longer than 11 years n Melbourne?
Did anybody dared to ask their service department how much a new battery pack is?
As far as I know it doesn't just die after a decade but the capacity declines to 70% which Nissan considers end of life (that's still over 100km range which is plenty for some).
When I asked about the battery while test driving it I got told three things which skirted the issue of price: The battery won't be put to complete waste, there's supposedly plans to reuse them to power homes and offset peak electricity. The entire pack won't go bad, the worst affected cells could be replaced (still sounds pricey!) or regenerated/rejuvenated (don't remember the exact word and don't know if it's a real thing or not). Most important of all, battery tech is always changing and things can be so different in a decade, it's hard to give a price since it'll be different by the time you need one. My worst case scenario mentioned elsewhere is to try to source a pack from a wrecker overseas since I'm reasoning they're more common and therefore cheaper than anything Nissan will try to sell me here!
I think they did the right thing by avoiding the question because in my opinion it's the wrong question to be asking.
This is new technology, which is going to change very very quickly.
Batteries are the new priority for R&D, and there are breakthroughs happening constantly.
In seven years I'm expecting things to be completely different. We'll probably go 600KMs on a battery that takes 15 minutes to recharge, that will cost under $2,000.
Think of a ten year old computer, TV or cell phone. When I got my last iPhone I didn't ask Apple if I could still use it in ten years because I know I won't want to. There will be something better, cheaper and more evolved.
I think our main priority should be 100% on making sure our current batteries get us over the hump, which in my opinion is 4-6 years. By then we will be lured to something new, be it a battery replacement for the LEAF or a hover car.
Sorry mate (Duncan that is) I agree with mate (Jim) on this one I recently found a mob that will take any of your e waste and recycle it I am sure and have stated somewhere on this forum that battery technology will be the next leap and we will be upgrading our battery (our choice whether we upgrade the whole car or not) in the next few year. I once predicted the end of digging up fossil fuels to be 2030 and I stick by that. I include with that all fossil fuels, ie all our electricity and all our travel