SaveOurPlanet wrote:I read a lot about range, like Paul Scott gets 100 miles on a full charge, and there is the range chart here on the forum with also seems to indicate that the 74 miles are doable. Then again, there is this thread here "The Dealer told me not to buy a Leaf", and there people are saying it might even not be possible to do 80 miles in a day, even with recharging.
In my case, it will be June, so it's not going to be freezing. Still, maybe light AC use will be nice (which takes some extra energy, it can also be turned off for a while), and New England is a little hilly, which could cost some range, and the car will be loaded with 2 passengers, still eco mode can be permanently switched on - will 74 miles on a single full charge be possible?
Mr. Scott is the rare exception of folks suggesting the car will go 100 miles in the mass USA consumer's hands. I actually seriously doubt that he regularly drives 100 miles per charge... he merely presumes that it will based on his extreme driving techniques, and maybe it will. The LEAF just doesn't normally go 100 miles, and it does a disservice to the LEAF to tell consumers that it does.
You'll note that Nissan has long since stopped advertising 100 miles of range
That doesn't mean you can't drive it 151 miles, like LEAFfan did, or 100 miles like these 44 souls did, including me
. Go read the linked thread to see what folks have to do to ACTUALLY drive 100 miles (you'll note Mr. Scott is NOT on that list).
With summer time with a new car, heater off
, moderate steady
speed at 65mph with no elevation gain overall (going up and down rolling hills will only marginally affect range, provided the end point is not higher that the start), the car will go about 81 miles, plus or minus a few. You want to go 74, which is ENTIRELY doable, but yes, you will see Low Battery Warning at 17% and also likely get close to Very Low Battery Warning at 8%. As the Range Chart shows, at 65 mph, you have about 4 miles remaining before Turtle mode.
If you can remain within the prescribed parameters, you'll make it. If you run the air conditioning, there will obviously be a closer margin of error. If you are not driving at a steady speed, you need to have 4 miles per kWh or better economy.
As the car ages, or if the battery is cold, its capacity will be diminished and this trip won't be possible at the same speeds. Snow and standing rain on the roadway will also diminish range.