Archive for February 3rd, 2012

Leaf’ing on the edge

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I am driving the LEAF for 3 weeks now, and I am enjoying the experience tremendously, still!

Today I decided to see how accurate the battery capacity / range meter is; the car was fully charged when I left home this morning, it was cold (-14C) so the estimated driving range dropped from the documented 175km (in warmer weather) to 120km upon departure. I drove as uneconomical as I could (loud music, full airco, and I ‘might’ have speeded in the process πŸ˜‰ ) and reached the office fast and warm.

I didn’t charge the car at work (on purpose) and drove back tonight (still cold, -15C). I added some km’s to my commute by visiting a friend for a lovely dinner and once again drove as uneconomical as I, uhh dared…the ‘distance to home’ was 5km less than the Β remaining battery capacity, oof!

Well, luckily the range meter is very accurate, and I reached home with indeed 5km to spare (‘battery level low’), ha! πŸ˜‰

Temperatures dropped to -17C (and descreasing, brrrr), which has a huge effect on the ‘fuel’ efficiency, so the LEAF is currently enjoying some juice from a power outlet!

(Kissy and Misha are ‘finally’Β coming home tomorrow and the airport is a tad further than 5km πŸ˜‰ )