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Nissan Leaf Road Trip - Range - Guess-O-Meter Test

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Published on Sep 7, 2013

This is a video of how the Nissan Leaf guess-o-meter (GOM) performs over 60 miles of variable speeds up to 75 mph. If you don't want to watch the entire video you can fast forward. The video starts out in the morning. I show much of my trip into work (especially the high speed sections including quite a long stretch at 73-75 mph). At about 25 minutes into the video I arrive at work. At about 25:37 I go out to lunch (just a few miles). Thereafter, I show parts of my trip home. Video is of a 2013 Nissan Leaf SV. To me, it seems the guessometer is an average of what you would get IF your drove about 50% highway and 50% around town. Around town with ECO and B mode, I get 2-6 road miles for ever GOM mile. Often the GOM will actually add miles when driving around town in areas where you need to take your foot off the accelerator occasionally. On the highway (60-75 mph), I get about .4 to .90 road miles for every GOM mile. Once your speed is steady on the highway, performance greatly improves. After becoming more skilled with using the B mode, smoother acceleration, etc. one could expect to obtain a tad better performance than what is shown in the video. I admit I'm not very good at either yet. The steadier you drive, the further you get. Therefore, you may want to use cruise control on long stretches. The 2013 leaf accepts a 6.6 charge. I believe the 2013 is the first year with the higher capacity chargers. I have noted that the chargers at my local Nissan dealer seem to be capable of charging at 6.6 but their breakers/wiring is not. I tried to go ahead and charge while my car was having something minor looked at and all their breakers blew. The car is extremely sturdy, quiet (compared to my last car - a Prius C) and very attractive. Right now, a federal tax credit of 7,500 is offered. Some counties in Texas also offer a 3,500 rebate (not mine). In Texas rebates on charging equipment may be available. If you drive a lot like I do, the gas savings could be substantial. We are on a personal quest to lower our monthly bills. We have arranged to charge up for free. We switched to an electric plan that offers free nights (since they have unused wind power which they have to just dump at night). The day rate is higher but, we aren't home much in the day. We just leave the ac on a little bit. We have put everything else on timers to come on only between 10 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. This include the dishwasher, water heater, laptop and phone charging, etc. My better half is a night owl so he starts and washer and switches them to the dryer, etc. Our other car is a volt, so we have timed one car to start charging at 10 p.m. and the other to charge at 2 a.m. If you are a two car household and decide to go electric, you may want to keep one car a hybrid for trips. My better half has been able to get up to about 46 miles on electric on his 2011 Volt (he is very good at hypermiling), then it switches to gas at about 37 mpg. Therefore, most days, he does not need any gas, and we have a car available to take off on further excursions. I hope this video is helpful. I really love the leaf so far.

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