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Hi fellow Leafers,

I am still excited about my new Tekhna I got two weeks ago and have to say the car is just great.
It's quiet, comfortable, pretty dynamic when needed, ecological and, frankly, simply cool!
Totally disagree with complaints regarding Bose speakers. They needed tuning, true, but once done the sound is pretty decent.
However I have several questions which might have been discussed before (most probably), but I couldn't find the links:
1. Is 12V battery voltage visible anywhere on the computer menu? Want to check its voltage in relation to solar spoiler and all connected equipment.
2. What OBD2 dongle to use for 30kW Leaf and where to find the connector (for Leaf Spy)?
3. Has anyone reached 5 miles per kW?

Thanks a lot!
 

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I've achieved over 5 miles per kilowatt hour on non-motorway journeys in the summer.

No chance at this time of year though.

Nissan quote an average of 4.12 miles per kWh for the Leaf, so if I better that I'm happy.
 

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I dont think there is a way to read the 12v battery in the car at all - but it can be read from leafspy. I just bought any old ODB2 bluetooth dongle and it linked to my tablet easily. The port is on the drivers side, roughtly down by where your right shin would be - there is a small plastic cover - pop this off and the white ODB2 connector is behind it.
 

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Hi fellow Leafers,
2. What OBD2 dongle to use for 30kW Leaf and where to find the connector (for Leaf Spy)?
I haven't got one myself because I'm too busy enjoying my Leaf at the moment and don't want to get too paranoid checking my battery health all the time.

There seem to be plenty of retailers selling the dongle on the web (amazon, ebay etc).

Also, lots of useful info here....

Leaf Spy Pro - Electric Vehicle Wiki
 

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I bought this ODB2 dongle but it DOES NOT WORK. Leaf Spy Lite communicated with it, but said some command or other was not supported.:(
I'm now waiting for one actually listed on the Leaf Spy site to arrive.
 

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On my MK1 Leaf leaving the dongle in would cause the car alarm to go off intermittently? I used it twice to check the battery gids when I first got the car and havent bothered since, I also have a Tekna its a fantastic car, we are going in to the dealer at the weekend to likely sign up for another one, this will be our 3rd car.
 

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Exactly! Hence I don't want to spend money on smth which won't work...
Same here.
I do not wish to waste money on something that doesn't work.

I asked exactly which one to buy on here a year or so ago, but the answer I got was "it might not work"

Never in a million years am I going to give money to some chancer importing cheap and nasty Chinese electronic goods and keep my fingers crossed as to whether it works or not.
I'd sooner nail him to the floor for ripping me off.

Madness. Better to just not go down that road until it is worked out exactly what is required from a reputable source.

Irrelevant whether it costs £5 or £5000, if it isn't guaranteed to work, I won't be buying it.

If I want to gamble I'll visit a casino and play Craps or Blackjack.
 

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I drive an artic for a living, and trust me, there is no way in this life, or the next, am I going to slipstream behind any truck.

Not in my car, not in my truck, not on my motorbike.

Far too dangerous, and illegal
You don't have to be that close to it. If it's one of those giant lorries then you can sit quite far back and still visibly see on the dash that it's using less energy.
 

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One thing that I have found with lorry drivers is they dont like me sitting in the slow lane, I find on long trips they either overtake very slowly then cut back in front or drive right up my arse its almost as though they only want to follow another lorry? very odd, on some long journeys I have had to slow down to 57mph to make it to the next charger and cant go any quicker, its weird has anyone else noticed this?
 

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I dont think there is a way to read the 12v battery in the car at all...
You can buy a USB adapter with a voltage display to go in the 12v socket - very useful. My 24kW Leaf showed 12.9V almost continuously, with the odd excursion higher (presumably when charging the 12V battery). The new 30kW Leaf is showing 13.9V to 14.1V most of the time.
 

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@knoxie most HGVs are normally governed meaning they are limited to a top speed so when they tailgate you they are probably at thier upper speed limit or just below it,now thats a problem for them because they are so big and probably fully loaded if they slow down it takes an age to get back up to speed which is pretty annoying for them,your best bet is just to drop 5mph and let him overtake.I cant say why they cut in perhaps just trying to piss you off for slowing them down.
Have you ever seen two HGVs one in the slow lane and one in the middle lane overtaking, sometimes it takes miles to complete the overtaking because thier top speeds are so close and one wont give way to the other.Im not saying its right or wrong its just one reason why it happens.
 

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Small slightly relevant factoid: if one lorry is overtaking another on the Autobahn, the Germans have an expression for it which translates as "Elephant racing."
 

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Have you ever seen two HGVs one in the slow lane and one in the middle lane overtaking, sometimes it takes miles to complete the overtaking because thier top speeds are so close and one wont give way to the other.I'm not saying its right or wrong its just one reason why it happens.
I think it is time the Government passed a law making it an offence for the driver of the lorry being overtaken not to ease off.
Drives me mad, especially on two lane dual-carriageways, where I then have a long tail-back of traffic sat behind me for miles.
I catch up with another lorry quite easily, but when I pull out to overtake him he seems to speed up,
I get this several times a day. My truck can do a genuine 56 mph on the level, most ponce around at 53 mph.
But some do 53 / 54 and then always seem to find the extra spurt when you overtake them.
I am convinced many drivers do this deliberately. My speed does not change. I measure it with a sat nav.
After struggling to get past, sometimes for several minutes and miles, within thirty seconds a look in my mirrors shows me that he is a considerable distance behind. Proof positive that he speeded up whilst I was overtaking.

All they have to do is ease off, cancel their cruise control for four or five seconds, and the other faster vehicle will get past.
Clearly it is faster otherwise how has it gained on them ?

It is inconsiderate, rude and unprofessional.
 

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You need to get a Bluetooth v1.5 OBDII. Get free LEAFSpy lite for Android.

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I drive an artic for a living, and trust me, there is no way in this life, or the next, am I going to slipstream behind any truck.

Not in my car, not in my truck, not on my motorbike.

Far too dangerous, and illegal
Hear Hear. My yardstick is if I cannot see a truck's wing mirror I am too close.
 

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Have you ever seen two HGVs one in the slow lane and one in the middle lane overtaking, sometimes it takes miles to complete the overtaking because thier top speeds are so close and one wont give way to the other.Im not saying its right or wrong its just one reason why it happens.
Happens on the A34 every single day especially near East Ilsley, it's a nightmare, they have introduced no overtaking for trucks between certain times but a lot of truckers just ignore them.
The major factor in number of accidents along that stretch is due to the way that the trucks go as fast as they can on the downhill bits to try and get up the up hill bits, I was driving down there the other week doing around 70 and an artic came past me doing around 80:eek:
What I don't understand is how they get away with it because most companies are informed of speed infringements by tacho analysis companies.
 
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