Diane0813
Posts: 240
Joined: Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:59 pm
Location: Glen Burnie, MD

Frigid Temperatures

Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:48 pm

Going to be really cold here this week. I'm afraid I'll have to use the CRV to go on my 100 mile RT. Sadly neither the Leaf or the Fit EV will have near the range to get back and forth. I'm so used to driving the Fit today when I got into the Leaf I was trying to put the key in the ignition - I forgot that the Leaf has a power button. Later I'm driving down the street close to home in eco and I decided to put the car in drive so I pushed up on the stick and instead of taking off I realized I had put the car in neutral. The Leaf has a toggle switch that you push back to put the car in drive. It had been quite a while since I drove the Leaf and it felt so different than my FEV.
Diane
2014 Nissan Leaf leased in July 2014 (Husband's)
2013 Honda Fit EV #303 delivered June 8, 2013 (Mine)
2006 Honda CR-V (Long Trips-doesn't get much use)

2011 Nissan Leaf delivered May 31, 2011 (Husband's) - Traded in July 2014

Voxesperance
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:21 pm

Re: Frigid Temperatures

Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:04 pm

Two days ago, I barely made my round trip of 37 miles (low seat heat only). yesterday it was -15 in the early morning; I didn't even try. Today it was 15 degrees, and the range at full battery was 21 miles (lol). The sad part? It was pretty accurate. I drove the 19 miles using no aux power at all and had a quarter tank ( and it's largely downhill). Had to drive to the local community college to charge up. Bottom line - these cars are not yet ready for prime time (i.e. Northeast winters). I'll be using my pickup for a while. Love the car; it's just a work in progress. I have noticed there is essentially no regen below 25 or so. As my son said, "the electrons are like us, they don't want to move in this cold weather"

KeiJidosha
Posts: 340
Joined: Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:21 pm
Location: Simi Valley, CA

Re: Frigid Temperatures

Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:53 pm

Voxesperance wrote:... I have noticed there is essentially no regen below 25 or so. As my son said, "the electrons are like us, they don't want to move in this cold weather"
You bring up a good point. The “DISTANCE DRIVEN:” Trip Summary display (Owners Manual, Pg95) on a typical trip shows my “REGAIND ENERGY” (regen’d) miles are typically greater than my “ENERGY USED” miles. With regen reduced or eliminated, stop and go driving would shorten range by more than 50% before you even start looking at drag or accessories. I would imagine drivers with a higher REGAINED/USED ratio suffer the worst in low temps.

Bdfitz53
Posts: 36
Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:59 pm

Re: Frigid Temperatures

Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:53 am

Anyone happen to know if Honda, or any EV makers doing any focus gropus with owners/leasors/drivers to learn this useful info for future planning of design of EV cars so they can be great for all climates?

jtpassat
Posts: 245
Joined: Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:09 pm
Location: Rhode Island

Re: Frigid Temperatures

Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:59 pm

anyone know how the Leaf handles in cold weather like this? if they are doing better, how are they doing it?
Fit EV #163 - delivered 7/16/13

Dtomko
Posts: 209
Joined: Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:49 am
Location: Orange County, New York

Re: Frigid Temperatures

Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:33 pm

Leaf also suffers in cold, but apparently not quite as much range loss. Also, 2014 leaf has a heat pump which is less drain on the battery.
Fit #446
Deposit put down 6-11-13
Picked up 7-18-13

Toshi
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:21 pm

Re: Frigid Temperatures

Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:49 pm

Dtomko wrote:Leaf also suffers in cold, but apparently not quite as much range loss. Also, 2014 leaf has a heat pump which is less drain on the battery.
2013-onward LEAF SV and SL trims, actually.

Dtomko
Posts: 209
Joined: Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:49 am
Location: Orange County, New York

Re: Frigid Temperatures

Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:24 pm

Yep, I meant 13. :oops:
Fit #446
Deposit put down 6-11-13
Picked up 7-18-13

luismd
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:16 pm

Re: Frigid Temperatures

Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:27 pm

Just lease the car here in MD, 5 days ago, and I got 81 miles on the first day, then the cold came in and it drop to 51 miles. I guess this is welcome to EV life :lol:

timny1984
Posts: 85
Joined: Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:57 am
Location: Western NY

Re: Frigid Temperatures

Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:40 pm

I'm glad I'm off most of this week but Friday there's a high of 6 low of -2(F) :shock: . I'm eager to see what the car does with these new lows (to me at least) even on my short work commute. It doesn't get much colder than this around western NY, and with no garage this will be the coldest the car will probably ever be.
FitEV 2014 #12 :D and a 2000 Insight MT -156k miles
Sold :(
2005 Civic hybrid MT -85k miles 55mpg
2000 Insight MT - 130k miles 83.5Lmpg
2001 Insight CVT - 203k miles 69.3Lmpg

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