Nissan Leaf Gen 1
Nissan Leaf Gen 1
Posted 24 Oct '18 08:25 AM
I'm keen to get an EV but realistically can only afford a second-hand Gen 1 Nissan Leaf ($10000 - $12000). I would be using it to travel between Whangarei to Auckland and back once a week. I know the Gen 1 wouldn't have the range to cover that distance with 1 charge but the cars I've been looking at within my price range generally have 8 to 10 bars on the battery with SOH around 70% and under.
My question is - what would the distance range realistically be for a battery of this state for long distance driving between Whangarei - Auckland (approx 160km)?
I know I would need to charge the battery somewhere for each journey but I would be in interested to know how far I would get before it needed charging.
I welcome any thoughts or comments on this vehicle!
RE: Nissan Leaf Gen 1
Posted 23 Oct '19 06:43 AM
I'm in the process of buying a Gen1 Leaf so I may be able to help here. I've managed to find myself a 7 year old car with 12 bars, but even so the dealer I am buying through only describes the car with 110kms of range. A friend also owns a Gen1 leaf with either 9 or 10 bars - he has had that car for a couple of years and I believe he works on the basis of a 80-100kms range.
So your 160kms is going to be an adventure!
One other thought from my reading and googling prior to purchase - the wisdom seems to be that charging to 80% of the battery capacity and avoiding quick charges if possible should prolong the life of the battery. What I am not sure is if the dealer is factoring this in when describing the estimated range I mentioned above. You would obviously be charging to 100% for maximum range which may also have an impact on you battery life over time. I'm curious - would having one long journey a week have a negative effect on the battery, or would the regular and deeper cycle of charging needed for the longer journey possibly be beneficial?