What Happens When the 2011 Nissan Leaf Battery Pack Runs Low?

Discussion in 'Nissan' started by msirach, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    [​IMG] Does the gas gauge read empty?

    [FIMG=RIGHT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Leaf_Gauges.jpg[/FIMG]John Voelcker - ALLCARSELECTRIC - October 25, 2010

    Range anxiety is #1 on a persons mind when a BEV is discussed. Notice Nissan's humorous icon on the charge gauge. --Ed.

    The PR guy got us lost.


    But David Reuter, Nissan’s chief communications director, didn’t break a sweat even when the Remaining Range indicator fell below 5 miles and started flashing

    Which leads us to think that even after the 2011 Nissan Leaf battery pack hits “empty,” there’s still a reserve in there.

    We've covered our full driving impressions of the 2011 Nissan Leaf elsewhere, and our colleague Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield is driving a Leaf in Portugal today. Watch for her reports over the next day or two.

    But now we can bring you photos of what the Leaf's information display shows as it begins to run low on battery-pack electricity, limiting its range.

    First, when the energy in the 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack falls to about one-sixth of a full charge, the car notifies you--and calculates how far you are from the nearest recharging point.

    That's what happened to us. With 12 miles of indicated range remaining (based on the driving pattern of the individual behind the wheel), the car showed an alert and displayed three charge points within that radius.... [RM]http://www.allcarselectric.com/blog/1050685_what-happens-when-the-2011-nissan-leaf-battery-pack-runs-low#comments[/RM]
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    I have asked Nissan to allow us to take a LEAF out for a max range event drive with absolutely no power to move another inch available but I have not heard back yet...

    Good Luck

  3. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    I assume they didn't really take you serious and/or they're worried about charge depletion harming the pack?
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Ricardo:

    The PR's guys took the discussion very serious with a whole package of stuff sent their way to "read and catch up a bit" on how good the CleanMPG membership really is ;)

    Given the LEAF is the first and best BEV/PHEV out there right now, we are in for a long list of wonderful electrified cars heading our way over the next few years and its going to be a very enjoyable ride indeed!

    Good Luck

  5. bomber991

    bomber991 Well-Known Member

    That's pretty cool how the leaf gives you directions to the nearest charging station once you run low on range.

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