Our longest running Nissan Leaf
In August 2011 our longest running Nissan LEAF to date was up with Milton Keynes Council on a 2 week trial. The folks up at Mk drove the LEAF 600 miles in one working week (that’s equal to over 30k mpa!!) so it goes to show that with the right setup electric cars can do the business.
We have had some Nissan LEAF on the Fleetdrive fleet for a couple of years now, and we have learned a lot! Now the months are getting colder there are a few things we’ve learned about electric motoring over the last few years that we would like to share.
In wintry weather
The distance an electric car can travel does drop slightly in the winter in the UK. Our colder winters have an adverse impact on battery performance, this means that in the colder months you will notice a slight drop in the distance you can travel.
Other factors also contribute to not getting as much out of your battery. Blasting the heating (essential in winter!) will reduce the miles you can travel too.
For the best possible winter driving experience you will want to:
- keep warm
- and preserve as much of your driving range as possible in the colder weather
What we have learned in 2 years of LEAF driving
Our top tips to achieve this are to pre-warm your Leaf while it’s plugged in to the charging point. You can pre-warm the car either manually or via the carwings app. Pre-warming (also sometimes referred to as pre-conditioning) your vehicle dramatically reduces the effect of low temperatures on the car’s range, this is because the energy you use to heat both the car and its battery is drawn from the mains. Not from the car’s main battery which would reduce the miles it can travel.
Once driving, use heating in bursts to save battery charge and importantly use the air recirculation to avoid heating up cold air from outside the car.
So in summary:
- use heating in short bursts
- and use air recirculation