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Hi All,

As my dreams of driving a Kia Soul EV seem to be going up in (eco-friendly) smoke, I am going back to plan A and looking at getting a Nissan Leaf Tekna. Now, my daily commute is a 60-65 mile round trip on country roads (minor A roads and B roads) averaging around 35-40 mph.

Would I be able to manage this on one, full charge? What about in the winter? I don't mind wrapping up warm but I don't want to freeze either. My commute takes me from Oxfordshire to Berkshire and back again, not exactly the Alps if that helps?

Thanks in advance for your help!
 

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Mine's ~66 miles round trip. At the moment I usually get home with about 5% (so I'm down to ---% on the display) - summer is an easy 20% remaining.
However, I still use the heater (@ 21degrees), and I have the heated seats too for the odd occasions when I feel nervous enough to turn the heater off (usually only if I've been diverted to a longer route).
I don't really bother with Eco mode, and only use B on the twisty country roads as I like the fact that it slows you down going into corners.

I'm Herts-Bucks, so a few hills, though nothing mountainous, probably similar terrain to you.

Worst case scenario, if I arrive at work with <50% I pass IKEA on the way home and get a 5 minute top up there, but I've not had to do that on a normal day, only if I've been sent to the shops or whatever.
 
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Yeah, easy. I do that daily in a gen 1 (poorer range due to heater, weight, battery wear etc.). A large chunk of mine is hoofing it up the motorway which wipes out range, 65 on a or b roads will be a Doddle. Albeit a slow one.

Edited after Paul's post - mine is a 2012 so two and a bit years old. Blimey flipper, what are you up to? Do you have leafspy, I usually have at least 15% left and 30% in summer.
 

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Mine's a 56 mile round trip with some pretty big hills involved and I've usually got 15 - 20 % remaining even this time of year. But the best way to find out is to get one to test drive over a few days and see for yourself.
 

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Thanks, that gives me some comfort. Might try the 7 day test drive. How many hours would it take to charge from 0-100% on a domestic 13amp 3 pin plug?
 

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There are so many factors to take into account, put the Leaf through its paces on the test drive. I am currently achieving 3.4 miles per kwh so 100% charge 24kwh battery I should get 81 miles or so. However I am getting more like 60-65 miles of hilly motorway driving at this time of year, where as I was far closer to the 70-80 mile mark during the warmer months.
 

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6 to 8 hours to recharge from empty on the 3 pin. But strongly suggest you get a charge point - even the free ones at 16a so 1.5 times faster than the 10 pin charger
 

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I beg to differ when charging on a 3-pin plug. I think that it's slower than @BlackLeaf asserts.

I was charging on a 3-pin last week, starting with a battery that was to all intents and purposes empty. Carwings predicted that it would take over 12 hours to charge to 100%. In fact it was a bit quicker than that, but I'd say that a 3-pin plug will charge at about 10mph, ergo 10 hours for a full charge.

Last night I arrived home with about 20% in the battery. 3.3kw charged to 80% in about 4 hours, therefore charging at 15 mph.

However, in answer to the OP, I think that you would be able to do that journey with 100% charge in all conditions (apart from lying snow, and I have no experience of driving a leaf in that). You might get freak conditions like driving rain and headwind on the way out, followed by the same on the way back, that would challenge you, but they would be pretty exceptional.
 

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Yeah, easy. I do that daily in a gen 1 (poorer range due to heater, weight, battery wear etc.). A large chunk of mine is hoofing it up the motorway which wipes out range, 65 on a or b roads will be a Doddle. Albeit a slow one.

Edited after Paul's post - mine is a 2012 so two and a bit years old. Blimey flipper, what are you up to? Do you have leafspy, I usually have at least 15% left and 30% in summer.
I don't have leaf spy, I've avoided getting it for fear it will make me paranoid...
 

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I would say a 2nd generation Leaf could manage that commute on one charge, even with the heaters on in cold weather. Borrow a Leaf from a dealer and try it.
 

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*sigh* ODB-II dongle ordered...
 

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I asked about the 3 pin charging times in case I have the extended test drive. I want to be sure I can charge the car fully overnight. If I buy one then I would get a proper charger fitted.
 

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Three pin runs at about 2kw so 10-11 hours ish for a full charge. At 'A' road speeds you should easily get 65 miles out of a Gen 2 even with a few hills in play, just be aware that anything over 60 - 65 mph has a massive impact on range.
 

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We have a Gen 2 Leaf that has done 80,000 miles that does a daily school run of 70+ miles on 'A' and 'B' roads and have you seen the hills in Cornwall?
 
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