New user here and looking for an EV as a commuter, and the 2018 Nissan Leaf caught my attention.
I live in Southern California where the summer temperatures average 105F (40C). I average about 55 miles (88km) on my daily commute, which consist of about 30% stop and go traffic about 5 to 25mph and 70% highway speeds (about 65mph).
I'd like to see if there are other 2018 Leaf owners living in hot climates (and hopefully in similar commuting scenario as I) who can offer their experiences on their range.
I understand in an ideal world, the range is about 150 miles. After reading several articles, I think the real world range for my unique scenario would be about 110 miles.
I've had my Leaf for 1 week now, getting to learn and enjoy some of its perks. I also live in Socal and commute round trip about the same.
I guess the range, in my opinion and how I'm getting used to it, isn't so terribly important, although I have no reason to claim that the 150 mile range isn't accurate. The reason I say it isn't terribly important is because unless you plan on driving more than 100 miles at least a couple of times a week, all you have to do is keep it with a good charge.
One great perk when purchasing the new Leaf is that you will get a 2-yr EZ-Charge card which allows you to get free charging (they call it NCTC "No charge to charge") on participating charge stations like EVgo which has many locations. Sometimes you have to wait a little to get an empty stations but if you work near any of the stations you can drop by to get some charge like at lunch time. And charging at home on 240v overnight, if you have that possibility, is also easy.
I am really loving the ProPilot Assist features, which, even though sometimes quirky, are extremely helpful to help you drive safely and with no stress, especially on the freeways.
Again as far as range, I have no reason so far to say it doesn't get 150 miles. Use the e-Pedal feature as well for more efficient regeneration.