2018 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test - Introduction

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edited April 2018 in Nissan

image2018 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test - Introduction

We added an all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf to our long-term fleet to see if its new 151-mile range can calm our range anxiety.

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  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Member Posts: 863
    Very cool! I have a 2012 Leaf, so I'll be interested to read updates. It should be noted that Nissan is one of the only manufacturers that absolutely refuses to provide thermal management for their batteries and it has shown in loss of range (as well as depreciation which is extremely high). To put this in perspective, my 2012 (that I bought used for peanuts) has lost 36% of it's initial range (which wasn't much to start with).
  • gslippygslippy Member Posts: 514
    My 12 Leaf lost 15% of its battery capacity in 26k miles over 3 years - not good. Other than that, and a crappy nav system, it was an outstanding car.
    Recent reports about battery degradation on the Leaf 1.5 (30 kWh) have indicated that it degrades worse than Leaf 1.0 (24 kWh), and I would suspect that this Leaf 2.0 (40 kWh) could be problematic.
    Besides the lack of thermal control (mine lived in temperate to cold western PA), the Leaf battery suffers from deep cycling due to its short range. The larger 40 kWh battery will help, but remember, 40 kWh is the *smallest* battery Tesla has ever sold.
    The degradation reports have turned me off to the Leaf already. But if I did get one, I'd still lease it due to battery doubts.
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