Long-term Nissan Leaf update: Hey, buddy, can you spare a plug?:

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a front sight  of the Nissan Leaf. MARK VAUGHN
Living by means of the Nissan Leaf characteristic a number of easy math.

In the primary two weeks of conservatorship of the AutoWeek semi-long-term Nissan Leaf electric car, coworker Barry Winfield and I contain put 287 on foot on it.

What fake everyone desire to know? The range. How far determination it go on a charge? So far it has returned recognized by 62 on foot and 98 on foot of variety as of its 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Those are extrapolated figures, gleaned as of captivating the variety achieved on a known mileage and comparing so as to by means of how far it counting contain left had we driven at the similar speed awaiting we totally drained the battery.

Speaking of which, I finally did that. Yesterday, from side to side no one's fault but my own, the Leaf battery was all but unfilled and had to be driven 23 on foot house on a flatbed truck.

Let me explain.

To get Winfield seat occasion in the Leaf and me a number of seat occasion in the Smart electric car so as to Winfield had, we had to swap cars. You don't require to be acquainted with all the details, but suffice to say so as to the Leaf in progress out its day by means of a filled accuse and 75 on foot to go. That's at smallest amount theoretically inside the Leaf's posted 100-mile range, right?

By the occasion I picked the Leaf up as of Barry, it had left seven on foot and had 73 on foot remaining variety indicated. I didn't actually pay notice to that. My fatal flaw so as to day was so as to I hadn't worried to think variety at all. I now assumed all as,at the same occasion as distances now inside the Leaf's capability. Had I checked I counting contain realized I was doomed preceding to I pulled out of the carport.

If you contain an electric car, you contain to diagram out longer trips on Mapquest or Google Maps to create certain they're doable. It's math so easy still I might do it. But didn't.

The after that fatal flaw was so as to the 75 on foot counting comprise more supposed a few quarter-miles of vehicle testing in the big parking lot at the Fairplex in Pomona, which, it turns out, ate a lot additional electricity supposed I consideration it would.

The relax of the day's drive preceding to and following the vehicle testing at the Fairplex was freeway hauling, accomplished in the slow lane at 55 mph drafting semis.

At a discontinue at Cal Poly Pomona to get together completely able Formula SAE contest side (another tale pending up on so as to soon), it primary hit me so as to I was healthy and truthfully doomed. Even although the youthful engineers had 220 volts--heck, contain had 480 volts in completely well-outfitted contest shop--there was no way to get any of it eager on the Leaf. The Leaf wants an SAE J1772 plug, see?

In the stem of each Leaf present is an emergency "Portable Trickle Charge Cable" by means of a 110-volt plug on one end and a J1772 plug on the other. The idea is you can plug it in anywhere and finally contain sufficient juice to get home. Unfortunately, it is outfitted by means of fuses so as to gust at additional supposed 12 amps, as I counting discover out afterward in the day.

I was finally clever to plug eager on 110 volts at Cal Poly Pomona, wrinkled up after that to a Miles Electric van (anybody keep in mind Miles Electric? Looking forward to heavy the Coda sedan afterward petroleum year). As anybody who has still plugged in an EV knows, recharging by means of 110 volts is merely slightly earlier supposed praying electrons get eager on the battery from side to side osmosis. Almost inquisitiveness frequently of 110-volt charging yielded merely four additional on foot range. It was now at 33 on foot to empty. As I wrote in my notes correct then, "I'm doomed."

Nonetheless, I approved on. I got to the Fairplex to run the customary AutoWeek tests on the Leaf and quick big bites of battery by means of each run. One quarter-mile ate concerning a supplies or two of range, at smallest amount normal to the increasingly whacky variety readout on the dash. I was at 29 on foot of remaining variety at what time I arrived in Pomona and following two quarter-miles and six slalom runs, I was at demonstrate on foot and I motionless had to do the skid pad.

How'd it do in testing? Better supposed the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and way, way improved supposed the Smart ED, but uninteresting close to as high-quality as a Tesla Roadster.

The quarter-mile came up in 17.1 place at 79.4 mph and 0 to 60 mph quick 9.2 seconds. The i-MiEV was 11-something to 60 and the Smart ED took--this is not a typo--22.3 seconds. Of course, the Tesla Roadster now 3.7 place to 60, normal to Tesla.

Through the slalom and approximately the skid pad the Leaf was uninteresting close to come again? you'd name a handler. Slalom pace was 40 mph, construct is improved supposed big pickup trucks and a number of moving vans. Lateral g's measured now 0.77. So it stayed out of trouble. If you desire an electric car so as to handles similar to a sports education car, buy a Tesla or a Venturi.

So anyway, following responsibility the previous lap on the skid pad the Leaf was presentation no variety at all, and routine audible voices so as to had person's name saying, "Battery is low," in progress saying, "Battery is very low." At petroleum point, the navigation monitor in progress offering to seem up the nearest electric-vehicle charging station for me. Problem was, approximately all persons charging stations contain outdated AVCON and SPI connectors put in 20 existence ago to satisfy a delusional California Air Resources Board. Neither AVCON nor SPI counting do me any good. I believe all we EV drivers require are normal 220-volt conductive plugs now similar to dryers and stoves have, nothing fancy and expensive. All the relax of so as to J1772, NEC 625 stuff is overkill.

But rear to the story.

So by means of no battery and no plugs a lot of drivers counting contain known up and attract AAA at petroleum point. Not me. Where's the tale in that?

I determined to go downward swinging and set out for come again? was hypothetical to be a number of type of EV recharging station on Southern California Edison possessions a few on foot downward Arrow Highway. I counting create it or (the battery would) die trying.

On my way I remembered an auto electric supermarket in the neighborhood I'd dealt by means of preceding to and pulled in present instead. They now nice populace and pulled out converter plug following converter plug and finally jury-rigged a connection so as to counting go as of a 50-amp, 220-volt outlet eager on the 110-volt plug on one end of the "Portable Trickle Charge Cable." None of us worried to appreciate writing the tag on the mysterious box incorporated eager on so as to cable so as to supposed "12A." So by means of 38 amps additional supposed it was intended for, the cable correct away fried, eliminating any possibility of recharging if not angels terrified as of the higher limit by means of a 480-volt Aerovironment Level III charger. Which didn't happen.

That's at what time I attract AAA.

A few notes afterward a brand-new Hino diesel flatbed as of Sanders Towing in San Dimas pulled up and gave me and the Leaf a ride home.

If your Auto facts are out-of-date, how will that affect your actions and decisions? Make certain you don't let important Auto information slip by you.

The class here? Just as you can't or shouldn't transport a knife to a gunfight, don't try to go farther supposed by means of EV can go on a charge. At smallest amount if not you are certain there's a 240-volt charger anywhere on by means of way by means of a J1772 plug.

Please stay in brain so as to petroleum event was all my fault. Had I intended the day out better, by means of the Leaf leaving as of my house--which is closer to Pomona--instead of Winfield's house, not any of petroleum counting contain happened. But after that neither counting I contain had a possibility to hang out by means of all the nice electricians nor met the friendly tow-truck intended as of Sander's. There is amazing to be supposed for car troubles, still self-inflicted ones. You get together nice populace and are reminded so as to known the opportunity, the majority populace determination assist you out if contain can.

But it's too high-quality to add up all the on foot preceding to you go.

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For the naysayers, I can account so as to after that melody I contain meetings by means of inquisitiveness authority utilities to converse about completely tactics for supporting EV growth (I labor for a corporation so as to provisions crop for the electrical distribution infrastructure). Whether you similar to it or not, the automotive earth is changing and petroleum isn't leaving to stop.

I'll motionless stay heavy my elderly (and admittedly, extremely inefficient) sports education cars but counting contain no difficulty exchanging one of our each day drivers for an EV. I hardly ever require no substance which by means of an extensive variety and an EV counting be appropriate >95% of the time. In a family of two, we contain a figure of vehicles as of construct to decide and an EV counting fit in extremely healthy in the center of the present fleet. No, it wouldn't be second-hand to tow the trailer by means of the contest car or do a number of "canyon carving" or to put back the 'bike on a delightful summer afternoon but I suspect it counting get the bulk of the use if we owned one.

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Hans Bob wrote:
"Great tale and I seem forward to additional escapades by means of electrics.
We are in our infancy now (discounting electrics as of a hundred existence ago of course) and petroleum is all a steep knowledge curve.
All the nay-sayers actually contain no improved answer to our delima, except to transport negatives up. No one is compulsory to buy an electric!" No one is compulsory to buy not any YET!Just stay til the EPA declares gasoline illegal, normal to the powers afforded to it by our Constitution (read it, it's in there...isn't it??).

The 'nay-sayers' out present are completely conscious so as to a lot of of the populace pushing for electrics (let by means of neighbors pay for by means of car!! Look at as,at the same occasion as tax credits!) are the similar appreciated hoping for additional centralized governmental authority to demand and dictate each feature of the standard American life.CAFE 35mpg!Why not 70mpg by 2020??Why not all electrics by 2030??NO choices for anyone, merely GM crop for all the proletariat (I get to stay my huge Cadillac bulletproof limo, though).

If present now sensible populace in charge, and sensible reach to rising petroleum monetary system and reducing power costs, a lot of 'nay-sayers' counting be the extremely populace endorsing these.Instead, we're told 'no drilling in America's enormous oil reserves, but merely for Americans" (go ahead, Brazil, Mexico, et al, we'll buy it as of you).No new nuclear vegetation here, still (those windmills run all the occasion and give SO a great deal power, and seem at so as to huge Japanese meltdown!!Nuclear is now so horrible...).No new hydroelectric damns, persons poor smelt!

Roving SoCal brownouts determination in no way be affected by all the fools assuming electricity moderator as of the partition plug, right?

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Amusing article! BTW - now so as to you've fried by means of L1 120V EVSE, you require to propel it to the guys at evseupgrade.com who be hypothetical to be clever to repair it and too create it labor on together 120V/240V at 12A.Then by means of the correct adapters you'll be clever to accuse now concerning anywhere, and if you contain 240V available, it determination be approximately as quick as the usual L2 accuse (240V @ 16A).

Had you had petroleum 240V able EVSE the distance end to end of by means of a few adapters for the ordinary 240V plugs, you probably wouldn't contain stranded yourself...

Disclaimer: No affiliation whatsover by means of evseupgrade.com, but I do contain a Leaf on arrange and diagram on by,by means of completely services.

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1. Definition of Volt, Lacking in variety anxiety.
2. Moral of the story?Buy a Volt.
3. Poor trip preparation consequences income no tow.
4. Save on AAA
5. Volt is idiot evidence (unless you run out of gas also).

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I've person's name heavy my LEAF for in excess of two months, and preceding to that, a Toyota RAV4 EV for in excess of 8 years. Not on one occasion in in excess of 90,000 on foot of EV heavy contain I run out of juice. I be acquainted with legally responsible of route who contain accomplished similar feats. Those of you who get Mark's tale to denote Americans are so inattentive as to neglect to seem at the power gauge and frequently drive completely EVs to unfilled have to contain a extremely low view of the cleverness of our population. Mark was extremely obvious so as to it was completely his fault. He learned as of his mistake. Please don't get for granted route determination do the similar thing, at smallest amount not additional supposed once.

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Yeah 2 vehicles needed.The Leaf and a Flat bed.We determination be considering as,at the same occasion as cars on the dispersal of freeways and streets all in excess of the globe. enjoy!

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@LugNut: no houses counting no-win situation on flames if the car inappropriately to drag 50 amps as of a normal 120V outlet. Our houses contain as,at the same occasion as belongings attract "circuit breakers." The circuit counting trip in the house's electrical panel, cutting off the charge. Most outlets in a house are wired to a 15 amp circuit. Nissan absent a number of spare ability in container a number of additional substance now drawing a load on the similar circuit. It attention similar to there's a commerce chance for a corporation to present a plug to convert as of a normal 220 to the J1772. If present are manifold variations so as to are common, a two-in-one or three-in-one plug counting be an EV-owner's dream. Cheaper supposed paying for still one tow.

I speculate if AAA is leaving to contain a special, senior cost for EV owners or if contain are leaving to go by the cost the distance end to end of to everybody else.

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Your right.It's by means of fault so as to you required to drive the car and knowledge it's attributes but oh, I didn't correctly diagram out my filled day by means of MapQuest and anywhere present are in fact effectual chargers. Take the family to Santa Barbara for the daily by means of an overnight in Ventura!!!

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Great tale Mark- speculate if yours is the primary LEAF to no-win situation a ride house on a flatbed?Probably won't be the last. Hmmm... strength be occasion to spend in tow truck decide in the LA area.

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Great (and amusing) story, Mark. The big take-away for me, though, is so as to by means of condition of affairs is completely probable to be luxurious out by countless route as contain get second-hand to existence by means of a pure EV, similar to the Leaf. And by means of struggles determination probable be speciousness by persons similar folks, as they, too, study the ins and outs of plug incompatibilities.

The 12amp limit, btw, is probable to stay one's home as of infectious flames by overheating the flimsy 14-2 cable so as to the majority houses use for electrical lines. I applaud Nissan for existence form wise concerning that.

But it certain counting be nice if contain gave you a pair options of how to plug the obsession in at what time you are close to a number of grave juice.

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MV, I believe so as to "looking-silly guilt" has you captivating additional blame for petroleum supposed warranted. Bottom line, also you can accuse at what time you're out and concerning or you can't, and if Nissan chose a plug border so as to won't labor in the genuine world, after that so as to wants to change. The easy answer counting be a kit by means of a few "crossover" plugs to go as of the factory plug to a variety of additional ordinary plugs. Side note: that's a quite respectable 0-60 occasion for a wee nerdmobile.

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This kind of tale is extremely valuable, as,because the entire issue of "apparent on-the-fly solutions" (with the incorrect plugs, amperage, or voltage) contain to be fraction of our sympathetic of the "coming prospect of electric vehicles." Not yet there, is anywhere we are....

The day will come when you can use something you read about here to have a beneficial impact. Then you'll be glad you took the time to learn more about Auto.

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