Got our first EV today- any advice for newcomers? 2022 Nissan Leaf

Got our first EV today- any advice for newcomers? 2022 Nissan Leaf

She’s beautiful and I love her- I upgraded from a 2013 Prius! Any advice for a first time owner?

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36 thoughts on “Got our first EV today- any advice for newcomers? 2022 Nissan Leaf

  1. Check with your electric utility for EV rate, EVSE rebate, installation of EVSE rebate and other EV programs.

    Edit: Also, 30(ish or something) percent federal rebate for home charging infrastructure costs.

    Source: Am member of EV team at a large utility.

  2. Thank you for going electric.

    Turning off or turning down the AC does more than you’d think for range. For heating, seat heaters are more efficient than using the AC. For cooling, the AC is more efficient than open windows.

    Inflating your tires a bit helps a fair bit with range.

    If you haven’t already, enable E-pedal. It’s awesome once you’ve gotten used to it.

  3. Congratulations! And thank you for choosing an EV!

    The one bit of advice I have is that a level 2 charger (i.e. 240V, with a dedicated electrical circuit) is nice, but depending on how far you drive every day, may be optional.

    Figure that with the provided level 1 charger (“Portable Charge Cable”), you’ll recharge around 3.5 miles/hr (120V * 12A * 1hr = 1440 Wh * 1 mile / 400 Wh = 3.6 miles).

    If you can charge 10 hours a day on average, that’s 13,000 miles per year. 12 hours a day is almost 16,000 miles.

    For most people a level 2 charger is a convenience, not a requirement.

  4. Check your dryer NEMA connection type and look into getting a level 2 charger (I doubt it came with one unless you paid extra). Then check if you can run a cord to from it to your ev. If you can you might want to look into getting a dryer buddy so you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a dedicated quick charge at home station. Unless your state offers incentives even for installing a quick charge station. Oh and always be aware of your quick charge station locations, download some apps .

  5. Put air in your tires when they are cold (haven’t been driven in several hours, preferably at a cold time of day and not when one side of the car is in the sun)

    If you care about range and efficiency keep the tire pressure high. Play around between the sticker and sidewall PSI to find what works best for you.

    When you replace the tires eventually be sure to buy tires that are rated for efficiency. Most efficient to least efficient tires could be a 20% difference in range. (you’d really have to pick a bad tire to see the worst case, picking between 3 good tires you might only see 5% range difference between the best and the 3rd best.)

    Don’t worry about your battery pack, take care of your windshield wipers and tires.

  6. The leaf is a very good car however the battery is sub-optimal nowadays. Not me shitting on you, because that doesn’t make it a bad purchase. However, I’d advise if you want to preserve range that you limit how often you road trip and fast charge with it, as well as limit charge to 80% unless before road tripping. Driving in extreme cold and extreme heat is probably not a great idea either due to the unideal cooling system.

    Now if you plan on getting rid of it after a while, fuck it, ball out. But if this is meant to last I’d recommend preserving that battery.

    I want to clarify again, I am simply giving friendly advice specific to your car. This is by no means an insult of the car or of your decision. Enjoy the EV! You’ll never wanna go back.

  7. Why limit charging to 80%? Does the leaf actually allow you to charge to 100? Thought it had a buffer just like the Prius does so that 100% charge really isn’t 100% charged.

  8. Load up on EV Charging apps, they are handy for a variety of reasons.

    * PlugShare – Crowdsourced app that lists the local chargers available to you. You can sort and filter them by Tesla, private homeowners, other vendors, etc. Super handy to have so you can find your local chargers, reports on how reliable they are, etc.
    * A Better Route Planner – Route planning app that lets you key in your vehicle details and fiddle with stuff to figure out the best path for your longer trips. You’d be surprised how much better this app is, even over Tesla’s built-in nav.
    * Vendor specific charging apps – If you look at the above two and see you will charging away from home a lot you should pre-download and set up these apps. Add a payment method, etc. Chargepoint is the big one for L2.

    I keep PlugShare, ABRP, and Chargepoint loaded on my phone. I have a Tesla but as I write this I am charging for free on the rarely used chargers at my local library. I WFH so the change of scenery is nice and the free 6kw charger is a nice addition. It also lets me spot charging spots that may offer preferential parking. Our downtown area has some chargers that near POI, somewhat difficult parking, but the chargers are commonly open.

    Really, my twisted habit is looking for free charging. It is only $7-8 for a full charge in my Tesla at home so I am not saving much, but the idea of going where I want and coming back home with more charge than I left is funny enough. Especially since my other vehicle is a 18mpg brodozer of a truck…

  9. Limit your charging between 20% and 80% whenever possible for faster charging times and better battery preservation.

    If you’re going on a longer trip its better to fast charge often and many times rather then hoping for one big charge stop. Its just as efficient to drive 5 minutes, charge for 2, drive 5, charge 2, etc… as it is to drive for 50 minutes and charge 20 minutes. (Numbers for example, not applicable) The advantage being if theres a queue or a problem at a charging station, you can always pass it and go for the next one – rather then being reliant on that one stop.

    Ref. I had a 6000km roadtrip in my BMW i3 120Ah (300km range) last year.

  10. Estimated range is an only an Estimate. Based on your last drive which can differ from your next drive even if it’s the same route. Traffic, temperature, other factors can change your range. The estimate is only for entertainment purposes.

  11. Congrats! I too went from a Prius (2015) to a LEAF (2018). I loved my LEAF and miss it from time to time. (Upgraded to a 2017 Tesla Model X for range and passenger needs.)

    First thing-ePedal. Do it and do it now. One pedal driving is the bomb and you’ll recover more energy.

    Second thing-Watch that accelerator. Your LEAF accelerates like a Jack Rabbit compared to the lazy cow acceleration of your Prius.

    Third thing-Home Charger. Get one now. I used to charge my LEAF using the included mobile charger. Slow as molasses in winter.

  12. Grab a second EVSE/charger. It can be less powerful than your Nissan one. I have a cheaper Lectron for my spare, it’s only 240 V 16A (which the LEAF doesn’t detect properly and calls a 6.6 kW despite being a 3.8 kW).

    The LEAF has potential for water to pool on the front strut bolts. You can get aftermarket strut covers or [3D print them](

    You’re probably not driving the whole range of the car every day, so if it’s your only EV, and you are thinking about adding a 240 V outlet for it, you can probably get a new EVSE and a lower-power circuit installed for less money than getting a circuit for running the Nissan EVSE at its L2 speed.

    Put a simpler way,
    Nissan + Heavy Duty circuit = $$$$
    Generic + Lighter Duty circuit = $$

  13. Join R/LEAF we, LEAF owners, are all there. Ohhh and get some strut cap covers. Nissan did not put strut cap covers on the LEAF but there front windshield drains DIRECTLY into the struts.

  14. One *potential* thing to be wary of is thermal throttling due to the battery overheating after *multiple* high-rate DC Fast-Charges in the same day in a warm climate. So if you are road-tripping across the desert, be wary of that.

    I want to stress how this a *potential* problem. It’s basically something you have to be *trying* to cause.

    The other *potential* issue is the general deprecation of CHAdeMO charging ports. Meaning that no-one is invested in deploying more of them. That doesn’t mean the existing ones are going away, and it’s still extensive enough for a lot of road-tripping, especially on the current Electrify America and EVgo networks. But as DC Fast Chargers spring up like weeds over the next few years, don’t expect CHAdeMO plugs on them. And even on the current networks, each DC Fast Charging station may have 3 or 4 CCS plugs but only 1 CHAdeMO plug, and most of them are limited to 50kW.

    I think you are going to have a lot of fun with that car, as long as you bear the forgoing in mind.

  15. If you are road tripping make sure you have a backup fast chargers identified on your route, Leaf’s especially are vulnerable to “ChadeMO not working” syndrome (even though others cars using CCS will be fine).

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