Earlier this year, after years of living without a car, I quickly bought a 40kWh precision Nissan Leaf electric vehicle with a 168-mile advertising range. “Getting around” is quite standard, so I don’t have to walk or take public transport anywhere.
During the COVID outbreak, it meant going to and from the supermarket or picking up supplies.I couldn’t deliver, but recently I had to travel 250 miles in a day so I could go to a wedding. Of brother I’m pretty sure I could do it without too much hassle, but things didn’t go as planned.
Go to church on time
On a 100% charge, my car shows approximate 152 miles. Considering that the church is only 125 miles away, I think I should be able to get there comfortably. Even so, I thought it was a reasonable idea to stop somewhere along the way to fill up my battery.
That way, I would be able to go to church and have enough energy to comfortably carry myself to another fast charger and recharge properly on my way home. After all, I’m traveling in rural Wales where EV charging infrastructure isn’t the best.
I chose the 74 mile service station to travel and thought half an hour would have been more than enough time for my battery to pick me up. What I didn’t count on was the fact that the Leaf’s range estimation didn’t take into account the fact that I was driving at 70 mph, the speed limit on British motorways.
Needless to say, energy-sucking cars are like the worst gas-powered ones. And it started immediately Within about 15-10 minutes of driving down the motorway, I knew I probably wouldn’t get anything close to 150 miles from the car.
It’s a good thing that I had already planned a hold on charging ahead of time as the battery hit 20% a few minutes before I got to the station. My car claims it will only take me 33 miles, although I think it will be less considering how much my reserve is depleted.
The half-hour break I set aside turned into a 45-minute recharge with the only fast charger the service station had. Fortunately, I left the house early, so another 15 minutes wouldn’t make a big difference.My Leaf currently shows 90% charge, so I’m running the road for the rest of my 50 miles of travel.
Which is rather inconvenient Aside from the confusion of where the darn church was – half an hour driving around in a huge circle, I was able to get there with 45 miles left on the meter. It doesn’t have enough power to bring me back to that old service station. But it’s more than enough to travel five miles to the nearest compatible charger.
So I sat back and watched my brother get married. Relax as best as you can, sit on the hardwood litter.
EV charging still loses the old gas canisters
While the actual number of chargers is quite impressive, future EV drivers will run into problems depending on where they live. For example, my local area has about a dozen compatible EV chargers within five minutes’ drive of my house. But the Welsh countryside where I’m headed there is very little.
To make matters difficult, there are dozens of different charging networks operating across the UK – more than 70 by my rough number. Those networks have their own charging stations that a smartphone app typically requires. Usually each network has its own app and you won’t be able to use their charger until you register and hand over your credit card details.
During my travels, I ran into problems with two different apps that I had to use to recharge. Both not only But only slow to load But one of them is totally problematic for me. It tells me to follow the instructions on the charger and it won’t go back to the home screen until I restart my phone.
It is one of the opportunities that gas stations still have an advantage. They have been around for so long that the systems they already have (usually) run fairly smoothly. Plus, they have good EVs and are truly unbeatable when the time comes. That’s because lithium batteries can be quickly charged without overheating, and that excess heat is extremely detrimental to the long-term health of the battery.
Although I have to wait to the free pump. But filling up the gas tank took no more than five minutes.Turning off my Leaf could take up to an hour with a compatible 50kW quick charger.
Nissan claims That you will go from 20 to 80 percent in an hour, although in my experience it seems a little faster. Regardless, you won’t be able to hit 100% if you go out, even with fast charging. Getting those final percentage points is very The slow process and the time you have to invest is not worth it.
Also, even though my Leaf is able to support charging speeds above 50kW, I may not be able to find a charger to give me.
Look at the map above showing 100kW CHAdeMO charging locations in Wales and Southern England and you’ll see what I mean. Not all chargers have and do not have a charger that uses a different connector. But it’s a good representation of how the infrastructure differs compared to the 50kW charging point, which you can see below:
The concept of ‘Anxiety during‘It has always been associated with plug-in electric cars, and in recent years there has been some debate about whether they are real or not. In my experience, it is.
My return journey didn’t have the best start as I was stuck for about 15 minutes waiting for a turn with a quick charger. It could have been a lot worse since I was able to use a 7kW ‘fast’ charger while I waited for the Tesla owner to return.
I might be able to make the next fast charger 20 miles, but I don’t want to take the risk. Even though that moment was not very long But it’s also one of the feelings EV owners have to deal with on a regular basis.
I topped the Leaf up to 80% of my total bill, and while there wasn’t enough to bring me home. But it was enough to get me back to the same fast charger I stopped by on my way to Wales.
Getting off the road also means that Google Maps sends me down a narrow, windy country road that’s not suited to high-speed driving, no matter the speed limit, and impatient drivers behind it, I might think.
Although it has not subsided from a time perspective. But it works fine for my battery. I came back to the same service station with 50% battery left, which the car thought would give me 80 more miles, just 74 miles home, but my new experience tells me it’s stupid to take a risk. It’s not like when I’m going back to driving at 70 mph.
I didn’t fully charge this time because it was almost 7pm and I wanted to go home. So I thought I would see what would happen after 25 minutes of charging.After all, there were other chargers along my way home and I could stop if really needed.
I got home with 12% of my charge left.Of course, it felt like my energy efficiency improved this cycle, where I pinned two different facts. The first is that my average speed drops to between 60 and 65 mph as traffic increases. Well, I wasn’t too lazy and decided how far I could go without turning on the Leaf’s smart cruise control. Maybe it would help, maybe not. But all I know is that I’m completely in control of my car’s speed, not some computers that don’t know how to land.
The more I got home and the lower the suspension assessments, the more I worried ..
The main cause of my anxiety comes from the signaling of how far I am from the service stations. It feels like a scary movie scene where the protagonist ignores the “last 300 miles of gas” and ends up stranded in the desert.
I didn’t want to have to take a fourth break and recharge, even if it wasn’t much of a break. But I didn’t want to get stuck on the side of the road because of my own stubbornness. Fortunately, it worked. But there are times when the miles are a little too fast for convenience.
It’s not a scary trip, but it has proven to me that electric cars are limited when driving long distances. Or at least drive long distances at high speeds. I estimate that my range will be drastically reduced while driving on motorways. As long as I try to drive a long distance, my Leaf doesn’t do well. So it’s good that I don’t plan on doing it very often.
I reached out to Nissan to ask them about my journey, and it was clear what I experienced with the 40kWh Nissan Leaf’s track should behave, the company pointed out how far you can go. On a single charge, it depends on your own driving conditions and driving habits. As to have a full tank of gas
have Range calculator This gives you an idea of how far you can go based on your average speed, what mode the car is in climate control mode, and so on, my car will hit 108 miles at 65. Only miles per hour, it’s not ideal, but it’s pretty accurate compared to my own travel.
I still love the Nissan Leaf and despite knowing what I now know about its range. But I still haven’t opted for a model with a larger 62kWh battery.To be honest, I don’t have to travel very long distances, and I don’t see the point in paying thousands more pounds for this privilege.
It was an adventure by any means, and I learned a few more things about the car at this stage. The next time I’m out for a long drive, I’ll be better prepared. At least I won’t have to travel far to see my brother marry again. I certainly don’t hope for his sake.