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Canada (Ottawa) Winter Driving Range

Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:33 pm

The 2017 leaf does 170 km in a Canadian summer. What does it do in our winter - and I'm talking an Ottawa winter and not a Windsor "winter"

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Re: Canada (Ottawa) Winter Driving Range

Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:41 am

I can tell you that at about 1.5 degrees further north in New Brunswick I lose about 1/3 range when we are in the -10 to -25C range in my 2015, less so (1/4) in 0 to -10. In summer I'm pulling down 100-120km with little effort, but in deep winter on the same roads I am getting about 80-90km in.

Below -20 I tend to take the ICE on the 30km runs into town, unless I'll be near the charging station in the city. I still prefer the Leaf if I can manage a short charge (and preheat) while in town.

The heater is a problem so run the heated seats/steering wheel, and preheat when you can. The deep cold really knocks back the output of the traction battery but don't let it discourage you too much. Energy management is what it's all about. Wear a coat, bring some gloves for the REALLY cold nights, and enjoy your silent ride.
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Re: Canada (Ottawa) Winter Driving Range

Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:31 pm

In February In minus 15 C in mixed city highway 70/30 140 KM was possible. We preheated though in the garage with the car plugged in. Its the coldest I have driven.
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Re: Canada (Ottawa) Winter Driving Range

Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:23 pm

Which Leaf? The S has resistance heat only, and so uses large amounts of power whenever the heat is on. The SV and SL, though, have a heat pump as well, and until the temps get down below 25F or so will use considerably less. Below about 15F the power consumption is virtually the same for all Leaf models. See my "Tips & Tricks" post, which I will now bump up, for Winter driving tips.
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