MY2014 LEAF eliminated 80% charging option? Why?
Should MY2013 LEAF owners now ignore the 80% charging guidelines?
Has something real changed between MY2013 and MY2014?
warrencarl wrote:Has something real changed between MY2013 and MY2014?
Exactly. The EPA ran tests at both 100% and 80% and averaged the two results for the "official" range number. This humorously produces a result the NO ONE will see since practically no one will charge their car exactly between the two settings. I DO kinda see their point, though. Nissan calls the 80% mode "Long Life Mode" implying that 100% is some sort of "shorter life" mode that will damage the battery, so shouldn't the EPA use it when calculating the range?DarthPuppy wrote:That seems odd to me as I would think any range tests currently in place would be on a fully charged battery, not some selected lower charge level. But I'm not in the auto testing industry, so perhaps they factor selectable options into their range calculations???
I think we'll find there's no actual difference. The EPA measures electricity from the wall. Since there's a fixed overhead for charging and the charge rate slows as you approach 100%, it makes sense that the efficiency number would take a hit when not averaged with the 80% charging results.warrencarl wrote:Efficiency of MY2014 has been reduced and the cost of operation has
been increased. Clearly some changes have been made in order
to make the 100% charging possible. The MY2014 uses more
electricity per mile.
Bottom Line: Buy or lease a 2013.