So, I decided to dig out a few blogs on some of the road trips I did last Summer to compare with a drive I took today to see if my LEAF had changed at all. The purpose being to show just how much additional time is added when the full force of Rapidgate is against you.
As always, if you don't like my banter, you can should be able to figure out the gist of the blog by simply looking at the pictures!
To level the playing field, I decided all my charging would be done at the same station so I chose the Webasto DCFC in Tumwater, WA. As mentioned before, when I am not planning anything out of town, I like to keep my SOC between 25 to 70%. Today, it was a bit higher than the norm considering I did not do my daily 90 minute charge this morning.
Knee; This is the point when the current starts dropping.
KW Rating; We all tend to quantify stations based on KW but in reality they should be based on current. In this situation we will use a 125 amp station (which varies from 118 - 125 amps from location to location) which is based on a 400 volt battery pack so that is how we get the 50 KW or 50,000 watts. (125 amps * 400 volts)
After all; which is more accurate?
I plug in at 20% SOC, start charging at 125 amps but only 44 KW so am I getting 100% power from the machine based on 125 amps received of a possible 125 amps or am I only getting 88% of the power available based on 44 KW from a possible 50 KW?
Temperature Gauge; This is the Nissan instrumentation which was a 12 bar graph. Now, its a sideways thing but the basics are the same. Still has 12 segments or pips, etc. Segments 1 and 2 are blue. Segments 11 and 12 are red and the rest is "normal"
I think I threw up in my mouth typing that last part...
Charge # 1
To illustrate; on the last charging curve graph, I basically started and ended my 30 min charge at 16 KW. Notice the black line? That is the battery temperature line. My battery temp went from 122º to 125º so hardly a budge at all. My 2016 surpassed 130º at least a dozen times.
But this update will allow the pack to soar into the 130's; a place that was all but unreachable without the update with the obvious exception of places like Phoenix, etc. Now, those situations will be rare and will require a lot of things to line up like terrain, weather, speed, etc.
But you control most of that. Getting the update installed whether you need it or not is holding Nissan accountable but you have to hold up your end as well.