It’s only November but it’s cold alright, and the impact on the Leaf is quite clear and dramatic. Throughout the summer and early fall, the car had a range of 120 miles when fully charged. As soon as the temperature dropped below 45 degrees (F), the range at 100% charged dropped to 91 miles, a loss of almost 25%. If the heat is activated, the range drops by another 14 miles. Ouch.
I have been fairly dismissive of charging stations at my destinations thus far, they simply haven’t been necessary for even my longest round trips of 80 miles. But now, the range anxiety is back as I worry about getting to my destination and finding the charging station already in use by another EV driver. I’m still new to these apps but it doesn’t look like I can reserve a charging port in advance. If that’s the case, then I would suggest to ChargePoint and EVGo that they enable reservations in the very near future.
In the summer I avoided use of the air conditioning as much as possible, and I am now testing the winter driving without heat. Comfort-wise it’s been fine thus far, although I plan to keep blankets in the car as the temperature plummets. Unfortunately, I have needed to turn on the heat to dissipate the window fog. Sometimes it goes away by opening the windows for a minute or two, but in other cases only the heat provides a clear view.
We are still charging the vehicle only overnight, so I have not been able to determine if the cold also lengthens the amount of time it takes the battery to charge. And yes, we are still on the 120V ‘trickle charge’! It turns out that running the 240V to the garage will take some effort. The garage is old enough that it is serviced by insulated wiring, not buried conduit, so we need to dig an 18” trench from the house to the garage. Now that the ground is about to freeze, I guess I should have checked into this over the summer while I was too busy not worrying about it!