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Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
#31
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
(July 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm)Losty Wrote: It looks like the new battery would actually cost $5499 plus tax. That's a damn expensive battery.

Yeah, but they'll replace it for free if the car's odometer says less than 100,000 miles.  I'll take the risk.
"The family that prays together...is brainwashing their children."- Albert Einstein
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#32
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
So I just bought a 2014 Nissan Leaf with 24k miles. I'm pretty excited, just waiting for the dealer to write it up.

I have to say the car buying experience has gotten far more pleasant. The last two cars I have bought, I have no complaints and the salespersons were great, no pressure at all.
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#33
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
(July 28, 2017 at 9:04 pm)Cthulhu Dreaming Wrote: So I just bought a 2014 Nissan Leaf with 24k miles.  I'm pretty excited, just waiting for the dealer to write it up.

I have to say the car buying experience has gotten far more pleasant.  The last two cars I have bought, I have no complaints and the salespersons were great, no pressure at all.

Whoa, really, Cthulhu!  Congrats!  
Did you get one with navigation, or a bare-bones model like mine?  
I have all sorts of suggestions for free car-monitoring phone apps (if you have navigation), care and feeding of the battery, and installation of a good (CHEAP) home 240V charger.  If you have any questions, just ask!  Welcome to zero-emissions, silent running, no more gas stops world!
"The family that prays together...is brainwashing their children."- Albert Einstein
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#34
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
Nah, they're for hippies and communists. Tongue
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#35
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
(July 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm)drfuzzy Wrote:
(July 28, 2017 at 9:04 pm)Cthulhu Dreaming Wrote: So I just bought a 2014 Nissan Leaf with 24k miles.  I'm pretty excited, just waiting for the dealer to write it up.

I have to say the car buying experience has gotten far more pleasant.  The last two cars I have bought, I have no complaints and the salespersons were great, no pressure at all.

Whoa, really, Cthulhu!  Congrats!  
Did you get one with navigation, or a bare-bones model like mine?  
I have all sorts of suggestions for free car-monitoring phone apps (if you have navigation), care and feeding of the battery, and installation of a good (CHEAP) home 240V charger.  If you have any questions, just ask!  Welcome to zero-emissions, silent running, no more gas stops world!

It's a model S, so no fancy navigation. I may replace the head unit so I can have Android Auto.

Absolutely, I'm interested in apps and any information you have on home chargers would be cool. I have a few fast charging stations near home and Level 2 chargers are everywhere, including several where we park while at work. But I would like something other than the trickle charger to charge cheaply at home.
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#36
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
(July 30, 2017 at 12:10 am)Cthulhu Dreaming Wrote:
(July 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm)drfuzzy Wrote: Whoa, really, Cthulhu!  Congrats!  
Did you get one with navigation, or a bare-bones model like mine?  
I have all sorts of suggestions for free car-monitoring phone apps (if you have navigation), care and feeding of the battery, and installation of a good (CHEAP) home 240V charger.  If you have any questions, just ask!  Welcome to zero-emissions, silent running, no more gas stops world!

It's a model S, so no fancy navigation.  I may replace the head unit so I can have Android Auto.

Absolutely, I'm interested in apps and any information you have on home chargers would be cool.  I have a few fast charging stations near home and Level 2 chargers are everywhere, including several where we park while at work.  But I would like something other than the trickle charger to charge cheaply at home.

Yeah, mine is an S model too.  No navigation limits your choice of apps - I have LeafSpy and Nissan Leaf EZ Charge on my phone.  LeafSpy is supposed to connect to your car and monitor all sorts of functions, starting with battery efficiency.  But I don't have a data plan on my phone either, so the only place I can see it trying to pull in information is when the car is running and my phone is connected to my home wifi.  Not optimal.   Dodgy  https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...Lite&hl=en   If you have an Android phone and are running on trickle charge, EZ Charge is good to have.  https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...leaf&hl=en   It shows you where ALL the charging stations are, which ones are in use/are free, etc.   You are SO lucky to have chargers at work!  You really could trickle charge at home and top up at work very easily!

When I was new to the car, I foolishly thought that keeping it close to 100% charge all the time was a good idea.  It's not.  Most Nissan dealers, and the online bloggers, will tell you to try to keep the machine between 20 and 80% charge as much as possible.   Here is a good write-up on the subject:  http://livingleaf.info/2012/07/care-and-...f-battery/   So trickle charge and your work chargers - - who knows, that might be all you need.

I was lucky.  I had a dryer outlet in my garage.  The 240V outlet was just there, waiting for the car.  If you're rich enough to have your dealer contract someone to install a charge port, you'll fork over a couple of thousand dollars.   But if you already have an outlet, (or if you have a good buddy who can wire in an outlet for you without charging you a lot of $$$) you just need a cord.  I found the Ebusbar charger, and it's working perfectly.  It runs around $230 on Amazon, you can almost always find one on eBay for less - I did.  There are other options too - here's a list.  
https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-electric-veh...6OEALw_wcB

My only gripe right now is how much the air conditioner drains the battery.  Wow.  I have to plug in the car every other night!  The charging timer is a handy thing.

What else for now?  Oh yeah.  If you're driving in the city, and the terrain isn't extremely hilly - the machine likes ECO mode.  It likes it a lot.  It feels like a big cut in power, but all of that regenerative braking will take you further and extend battery life.  So I've been told.   Cool Shades

Welcome to the world of silently rolling past the gas stations you won't need to use!   Enjoy those new wheels.  Maybe post a picture?           --- Fuzz
"The family that prays together...is brainwashing their children."- Albert Einstein
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#37
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
One pic coming up...




I'll check out those apps, thanks.

I actually have a suitable 240v receptacle, however, it's near the back of my garage and it would be more convenient to have a charger situated so that I can still charge if my other car is parked in the driveway ahead of it (driveway is long, but not wide). I don't want to have to juggle cars around any more than I have to. I'm gonna see what an electrician would charge, I already have existing conduit to run the lines, so unless my electric panel doesn't have capacity it may not be thousands. Won't know until I look.

I'm gonna take the consensus advice on charging and not charge to 100% or let it get too low. I don't really need to, I can do two round trips to work (17 miles each way) on 2/3 of a charge.

Did a 52 mile round trip yesterday, mixed freeway and city streets, the range prediction seems right on. It predicted 98 miles of range, I put on 52, and when done, it predicted 47 more miles of range with the battery charge indicator just below 50%. I didn't use the A/C though.
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#38
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
Pretty red!  Mine's black.  Awesome that you already have a 240V outlet.  That makes home charging so much easier.
Glad you seem happy with the machine so far, and that the range is accurate.  Sounds like you're loving your new wheels.  Congratulations again!      -- Fuzz
"The family that prays together...is brainwashing their children."- Albert Einstein
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#39
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
Sooooo that's the car KG was going on about the other day. Impressive CD. Very nice too!
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#40
RE: Anyone drive a plug-in electric car?
(July 25, 2017 at 11:14 pm)ignoramus Wrote: I ain't driving no stinking sewing machine motor!

On a serious note, Musk has said that in 20 years the most common car sold will be fully autonomous with no steering wheel.

Great, I don't wanna drive no more.



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