I'm surprised/impressed with how much motor Nissan crammed into the Plus--160 kW, if I'm not mistaken (vs. 120 kW in the 40 kwh and 80 kW in the 2017 and earlier). That's gotta really move!
(I don't see many gasoline models doubling their power over just a few years!)
I've found what affects battery temperature the most is mountain climbing. Air temperatures here have been setting high records all over the place, but the pack in the 30 kWh 2016 stays in the lower 2/3 of the gauge on the plains. I had never seen the temp get as high as when climbing an 11,300' pass a few weeks ago, in cool air temps in the 70s (it wasn't scary-high; I think two bars from the red). The one time I've used QC so far, I don't think the temp gauge even moved.
BEVs are absolute aces in heavy traffic. They seem to use next to nothing.
I sometimes cycle the A/C every few minutes. It's surprising how long the air stays cool after the compressor's been turned off.
I feel like the GOM uses recent activity to adjust the climate control penalties. When I first brought the LEAF home, it seemed to knock off more than it does now.
The pack sure seems to have a lot of thermal capacity, so if you're able to secure a shaded parking spot when not in use, that should work wonders for overall battery temp.
Although I really enjoyed the Gen 2 Prius I drove for 12 years, there's just something about a BEV that makes me adverse to having an engine on-board any more. BEVs just have that ideal driving experience and mechanical simplicity. Using a gas pump feels like a stab to the gut, and I'm so over engine vibration, noise, and fumes.
I view the lack of active cooling on the LEAF as a pro/con situation rather than a detriment. My friend's Focus Electric had the battery cooling system spring a leak, requiring a service call.
I recently talked with a Model 3 owner who agrees that the quality control/reliability issues are overplayed in the media. He and everyone he's talked to love their Teslas.
For some perspective on battery capacity, I live outside city limits, nearly all trips are at least 20 miles each way, and even in temperatures around 10F, this pre-owned, 30 kWh 2016 has been doing the job (with no less than an 18-mile safety margin)!
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2016 LEAF S-30 w/QC "Lexie"