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New Leaf Owner

Posted: Fri, 18 Sep 2015, 21:54
by unclewoja
Hi All.

I'm a (soon to be) Leaf owner popping in to say hi. Deposit has been paid, I'm just waiting on final finance approval. I'm moving over from a Ford Foulcan and I must say, government assistance ain't the reason they're closing.

I'm currently playing around with personal plate combos and hope to see fellow leaf owners on the road soon.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Sat, 19 Sep 2015, 00:59
by Johny
Hi Rodger and welcome to the forum.
I'm in Melbourne as well - mainly around the eastern suburbs.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Sat, 19 Sep 2015, 02:36
by leighf
Hi Rodger - It's good to get another LEAF owner here. My red LEAF and I have just celebrated three years of happy commuting.

I'm also in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne

Leigh

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Mon, 28 Sep 2015, 19:18
by unclewoja
Thanks for the welcome. I just purchased some personal plates for the Leaf, still waiting to hear from Vic Roads on whether it's valid or not. I think all plates have to go through that validation now because the computer isn't smart enough to block all the good ones.

Getting about .18kwh/km around the Manningham Area, but that's down from .25 when I picked up the car after being thrashed by test drivers for 8,500 km. Hopefully my driving style can get down to the .12-.15 kwh/km that other users are reporting.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015, 02:13
by photomac
What plates are you going for?

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015, 02:18
by photomac
If you car is 100% charged you first 10km will have a high consumption as there is no room for the regenerated braking energy to go. The first time I charged to 100% I thought my iPod on wheels was broken because the region' didn't work . . . and then it dawned on me! LOL i find highway at 107kph (actually is 100kph) consumes about 0.145kWh and CBD normal driving about 0.13kWh and CBD careful driving about 0.12kWh Outer suburb to CBD - flatfish coastal plain in Perth - about 0.105kWh due to good lengths at 60-70kph. It is possible to get better economy with D mode rather than ECO - my motto - don't use don't lose but that is problematic because of the acceleration joy of the LEAF.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015, 14:37
by unclewoja
It seems my energy usage is averaging out at about .15kWh. Nothing I do drops the energy usage any lower.

I've been reading reviews on the tyres and found reports that they're pretty ordinary for economy. I never replace tyres with OEM spec, there are almost always better tyres on the market than the OEM ones and I've read reports that the Michellins are a significantly better tyre all round than the Bridgestones.

Regarding the number plates, I got BLQWER. The Q is to be read as an O, since BLOWER was already taken....

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015, 14:58
by photomac
BLQWER - I am curious.
Tyre pressure is important. I was told 36psi. They dropped to 34 at one stage so it added 0.01 to the consumption. USA forums shows many lifting it to 40psi
If you are accelerating hard and breaking hard that will consume but it is zero emissions so don't feel bad about that!
It is recommended to charge to 80% as the norm, if feasible, to maximise battery life. No general evidence it does.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015, 15:39
by unclewoja
You have to use the numberplate in conjunction with the Model..... Leaf BLQWER.

Tyres are already at 40 PSI. The only reason I don't raise them further is because I read that the TPMS thinks over 40PSI is an over-inflation and sets off warnings. That being said, do the Australian delivered cars even have the TPMS? Charging is almost always done to 80%, most acceleration is between 3-5 dots on the dash. I'm pretty sure the slightly higher power usage is simply due to the fact that about 10% of my daily commute is flat, the rest is hilly, and you obviously don't get 100% of the energy returned on the way back down the other side of the hills.

I've seen the efficiency graph of the drive train, and the climb up the hills definitely puts the motor in a less efficient power band which will also suck extra juice.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015, 16:08
by photomac
You're across it all !!!
I was curious about the tyre pressure thingy too. The LeafSPY has the data but I do not see it on my 2012 model.
Leaf BLQWER yes !! Image
0.15 does correlate with a fellow LEAF driver from the hills west of Perth so yes I think you are definitely ahead of the game. But be relieved you can put energy back into your battery, unlike a fossil'd car, on the downhill segments. Enjoy

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2015, 00:50
by unclewoja
Well, it turns out our leafs don't have TPMS. I'm running 46 psi and the Bridgestone tyres are actually significantly quieter and general handling has improved. Energy usage has also dropped at least .01 kwh/km. Car is not reporting any warnings. Ride is a bit harsher, but for me it's a small trade off overall

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2015, 22:19
by lesmando
I think the maximum pressure for that tyre is 44 PSI. Bridgestone are conservative, but I would not exceed their recommendation.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Mon, 19 Oct 2015, 21:11
by unclewoja
Max pressure of 51 PSI, I just checked the sidewall. I never exceed maximum tyre inflation pressures.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2015, 02:32
by galderdi
Guys tyre pressure is not just for economy. Raising the pressure WILL decrease levels of grip. You are sacrificing safety to save a few cents. Just because a tyre rating reads 41psi doesn't mean you should go there. All that means is the tyre could potentially handle that pressure and if the car was maxed out with weight it might be appropriate. But withe an average weight you should also average the pressure. When I race (under controlled conditions of course) every psi makes a noticeable difference. When I first used track tyres I made the mistake of putting 38 psi in them and they were down right dangerous. The same tyres with 24psi were brilliant. I am not suggesting going that low as those tyres were made for low pressure but again average weighted car should equate to about middle of the tyre rating range for the best compromise. I am talking about grip here (not handling) increasing pressure directly decreases the tyre's cintact patch with the road, hence when the car has more weight it ccompensates by spreading the contact patch.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Fri, 01 Apr 2016, 08:47
by Brotherblonde
G'day all,

I'm a new Leaf owner and new to this forum. We have only had her for 2weeks and love her. The only downside is we couldn't afford 2 of them.

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New Leaf Owner

Posted: Fri, 01 Apr 2016, 12:11
by Greg partridge
Brotherblonde congratulations on your purchase. which state do you live in? You should try and come to a few AEVA meetings

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Sat, 02 Apr 2016, 18:36
by Brotherblonde
Gday Greg. Thanks. We are in NSW. NW Sydney. How often and where are the meetups?

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Sat, 02 Apr 2016, 20:45
by EV2Go
Keep an eye on this sub forum, they're held not that far from you.

viewforum.php?title=aeva-sydney-branch&f=23

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Sat, 02 Apr 2016, 21:14
by Brotherblonde
Thanks i will keep checking in and see what comes up.

New Leaf Owner

Posted: Sun, 29 Jan 2017, 07:35
by Sir_Al0
Hi All
I've just purchased my first Leaf in what started out as a means to used some of my excess solar power but now I'm hooked on the idea of electric transport.

I've been looking for the solution to getting 15A charging at home (from a 15A power point of course). Has anybody figured out how to do that yet or is it impossible?

The other angle I'm looking for info on is whether its possible to use the car batteries to power the house load overnight if Western Power do anything punitive to solar power system owners (like further dropping the buyback tariff). Has anyone heard of that being done anywhere?

Thanks for any answers in advance