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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2018, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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2018 Leaf Owners in Hot Climates?

Hi Everyone,

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.

Thank you,
Peter
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Hi Everyone,

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.

Thank you,
Peter
Hi Peter,

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.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 06:31 PM
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Car makers will be at a range war like how they have with gasoline vehicles.
In this segment and ones surrounding it, range within the 200-250 range seems to be the long-term goal for the early 2020's
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-09-2018, 08:40 AM
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I don't think you'll necessary see that large of a hit to your range, as over time you'll learn the most efficient driving habits. The main area where the warmer temperatures may impact your use will be with charge times. But if you're charging overnight at home, that wont be an issue.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 08:49 AM
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As a commuter vehicle, the Leaf will serve your needs just fine. The only times we've seen issues in relation to heat with the Leaf is after successive quick charging.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-11-2018, 07:54 PM
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Hi,
I had a 2015 Leaf with only the 20kw battery. My drive each das is 54 miles total about half over 50 MPH. Rest over 40 mph city. Never had a problem in summer staying cool when it was over 105 in afternoon. Don’t ask about winter. Its why I traded up to a 2018.
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