Friday, August 12, 2016

July 2016 Drive Report; No Alternatives


Despite a 4.9 cent per gallon increase in WA's gas tax on July 1st, gas prices went down!  Obviously the tax increase was not enough. And public charging is still struggling to find the money to grow. Something is real wrong here!

For the month of July in the year 2016, the LEAF traveled  1057.9 miles costing $23.33 (includes $2.84  Blink fee) at a pace of 2.2 cents per mile.  The Corolla went slightly further at 1076.6 miles at nearly 3 times the cost of $66.36  (guess gas prices didn't go low enough after all 0) ) or 6.16 cents per mile.  (FYI; due to my simply missing the fact a new month started, my stats actually run into August 1st...ooops)

As you might guess; a combination of local work, reducing mileage on the LEAF and days off pushed my pack numbers (GIDs/ kwh available/ ahr/Hx) to new yearly lows of  19.5/251/57.82/87.27. Most of the drop happened over a 2½ week period where I only had 2 complete charges so the drop was more than expected.  As we moved into the early days of August, I had planned days off that increased my LEAFing which also caused a bit of rebound in my numbers to 251/20.1/59.78/91.39 soooo looks like the going away party for bar 12 will need to be postponed again!

August saw some other milestones when on the 2nd

Now my LEAF kinda knows what I felt like when I turned 50... But in reality; she doesn't.  A good indication of your pack "can be" when you drop your first bar.  I reset trip A and Miles/kwh daily and as you can see, 6.6 miles down the road with 12 bars still so she is still pretty healthy!

In other news; if you have not already done so you should and that is register for the WSDOT Hybrid Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Report.  It's a quick summary on the various doing in the mostly (thankfully) EV World.  Written by Thomas L. R. Smith. PhD;, he has a easy to read writing style that is both entertaining and informative.  The latest entry is here.  Its published twice a month (unless they take a trip to Europe or other things) and you can see back articles here .

An example of the simple truth he writes...

"There are no alternatives"  well, gotta say HE NAILED IT!   Actually its his way of saying nothing of note happened during the two week period the newsletter covers. Hopefully this trend will continue!

I added the rest so our  FB Seattle LEAF owner Mod, Casey  could see that despite flipping coasts, he still has options!

And finally; (was hoping this would be a July story but.... Nissan of Fife is making progress on getting their fast charger on line. Hopefully not too much longer.


  1. Are you saying that driving and charging less degrades the battery faster?

    1. no, not at all. Not sure what I am saying to be honest with you, only reporting my observations. If you want my guess, I think Nissan BMS moderates what it allows the pack to give based on the expected need. If you look at my previous blogs, you will see that just a few months ago, I was able to bring my pack back up to near new numbers by simply driving 100+ miles a day with twice a day quick charges.

      What I think is happening (and I really have no real foundation to support this) is that the BMS lowers what it will allow when it feels the extra distance is not needed but allows a bit more of the reserve capacity that is normally hidden to enhance longevity when it feels the need is greater...

      ~~Just another conspiracy theory~~

  2. You have a scheme of charging that raised your HX from 87 to 91? What is the SOH?

    1. Hmmm, good question. Not a number I look at a lot, Hold on. Ok, its 90% but then the Hx is down to 90.21