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Re: Things you don't need when you own a Nissan Leaf

Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:35 am

TEG wrote:And many of us have the little solar panel (SL) on the back that is supposed to keep the aux battery topped off.

Has anyone had their 12V battery in a Leaf go dead such that a jump start worked?
I needed a jump start a few times in my Prius after someone left the interior lights on, and several short trips were not enough to recharge the 12V battery. It is really embarrassing for a Prius to need a jump start from the AAA tow truck when it has this big traction battery sitting useless. So I started carrying a 12V lantern battery and jumper cables for emergencies. You don't need much current to jump start the computer. An absent-minded Leaf SV owner, or one with kids, who felt a risk of 12V battery drainage might do the same. Disclaimer: I don't know what the owners manual nor Nissan service say about jump starting from a lantern battery.

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Re: Things you don't need when you own a Nissan Leaf

Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:32 am

The jumper cables may help you in your LEAF, of may help another motorist. They're cheap (like $12 at Walmart) and will fit in the little compartment that should have a jack (and does have a lug wrench).

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Re: Things you don't need when you own a Nissan Leaf

Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:35 am

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Re: Things you don't need when you own a Nissan Leaf

Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:18 am

When the car is off, the DC converter only fires up every 5 days to keep the battery charged, so it is quite possible to run it down in the interim. The solar panel in the back - better known as the gimmick - only puts out about 5 watts so it couldn't even keep up with one of the 5 watt interior lights that was left on, and that would be in full sun.

TEG wrote:
TonyWilliams wrote:I still carry jumper cables. If the little lead acid under the LEAF's hood quits, your LEAF will not start. Just like an ICE car.


Yes, but hopefully they designed it to have the DC/DC converter keep it topped off with main pack power even if you left some lights on with the car "off".

And many of us have the little solar panel (SL) on the back that is supposed to keep the aux battery topped off.

Has anyone had their 12V battery in a Leaf go dead such that a jump start worked?
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Re: Things you don't need when you own a Nissan Leaf

Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:54 am

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Re: Things you don't need when you own a Nissan Leaf

Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:10 am

A valve job!, tune up, fuel injector cleaning service, etc., etc., etc. :D
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Re: Things you don't need when you own a Nissan Leaf

Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:17 am

Automobile mechanics
Parts departments
Dealerships
Gasoline stations

A lot of people will lose jobs when electric cars take over, sooner than most expect.

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Re: Things you don't need when you own a Nissan Leaf

Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:36 pm

Desertstraw wrote:Automobile mechanics
Parts departments
Dealerships
Gasoline stations

A lot of people will lose jobs when electric cars take over, sooner than most expect.


Maybe the gas stations - although we are a long ways for electric car technology to be able to support all of our vehicles (pickup trucks, huge semis, etc...). As for the parts departments and dealerships, I don't see reasons for them disappearing.

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Re: Things you don't need when you own a Nissan Leaf

Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:31 pm

The fuel points from QFC and Fred Meyer purchases redeemable for 10 cents a gallon discount at Shell gas stations. :D :D :D

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