I knew that this LEAF would be more expensive than previous LEAFs but then again, it was a lot more car. But quirks in the leasing plan created a situation where the greatest discounts were on the S at $9275 verses the SL at $7900 or the SV which essentially got no discount at $7500 (Nissan as always rightly passes on ALL the consumer incentive AKA federal tax credit. A rarity in the industry...) So after discussing it with Ray I quickly realized my order submitted to Nissan the first week of September had the sole benefit of qualifying me for a gift...ONLY. I get that most people would think that the ordering process that involved COMPLETELY configuring the car with all options, colors, etc would imply that that would be the car you get. Well that was not the case! So after reviewing what was immediately available (dealer searches in the region did not get me any better results) and realizing it would be AT LEAST another 30 days, I decided to take Ray's advice and go with the S. Its hardly a disappointment with possibly hybrid heating and Adaptive Cruise Control being the things I miss most but the standard features of the new LEAF were already very impressive and besides, I doubt I would use the heat anyway. I don't care how much range I have, I hate wasting resources needlessly. Driving fast (I admit the 30 kwh LEAF probably resulted in an average 7-12 mph faster drive home... ) has benefits associated with time management so not a waste!
But the real reason I passed 12 LEAF dealers to go to Ray is simply because its Ray! Just over a year ago, taking home a LEAF meant supporting families in 3rd World Countries. This year, its a conservation of resources. Gone is the mountain of paperwork associated with car buying. All of it is now a Flash Drive that doubles as a business card! No trees involved!
MSRP; $33,295.00 "Negotiated" price (no real negotiation since price was already settled on a few weeks ago on Facebook Messenger...) $31,989. Lease Cash $9275, Loyalty $1000.
Total discount $11581. In the interest of full disclosure, Splash Guards $190 were part of MSRP calc that I didn't order (They don't really work here anyway. Too much mud, rain, etc....)
MF was .00036 which equates to effective interest rate of .854%. I had thought about putting $3500 down to reduce the rent charge of $504.45 but even a $3500 down payment only reduced it by just under $50. So heck with it. Put check back in pocket. Guess I will go to Acapulco instead. (or more likely Michigan/Ohio...)
15,000 annual miles
Zero down payment
MF .00036 (.854% interest rate)
Rent Charge ($504.45)
35 payments; $382.94 or $13,402.90
Residual ; $9,655.55
29.8 cents per mile
Feel like paying it off early? Save that rent charge
NCTC 3 (The 2 year free charging thing)
Have to add this because after 5 years, it is better but hardly fixed. Registered with Blink, Chargepoint, AV and Greenlots. Total time; About 3 mins. Then I get to EVGO.
What the holy H*** are they smoking! I already knew I could not use any of the 2 previous emails I had but when I get thru the registration, I found I can't use my previous cellphone number which BTW is a new restriction since I did it on NCTC 2. (NCTC 1 was my 90 day assault on public charging due to some range discussion)
Well, I have Google everything so I figured, I will use my Google Voice number (something that works great if you don't want to give out your real number to suspected Spammers. You can configure all calls directly to Voice Mail on your regular number) So I tried to do that but it failed! and the reason is almost as bad as EVGO's signup process. It would seem that when I was with Verizon, I could literally do anything with my Google Voice Number but since I changed phones and providers to Project Fi AKA "GOOGLE WIRELESS" I got an error message that I could not configure my Google Voice number on my Pixel XL 2 because the number was "managed by Project Fi and this use was restricted!" So I tried using my CenturyLink Landline number that is Internet only and that didn't work either so I just used my Sister's cellphone number and sure enough, it wasn't even use to verify my account or anything else so the reality is I ONLY needed the new email address!!
Ok, so its faster. Don't care. But it is quieter and that is a lot to say about a car that barely made any noise before. Now keep in mind; my experience so far was a 3 hour slog home thru Seattle on a Friday before a 3 day weekend so... anyway, at 15 miles an hour it seemed fine. But I will say there is no longer that high pitched motor whine and its stability in roundabouts is noticeably better than previous versions. The car simply feels very solid and well built.
So on to the car!!
Well the big complaint is the lack of digital speedometer. Not sure why because it is most definitely there 😏
But we now have 11 screens to choose from so I guess I can see how it was overlooked. But that is not all. Previously several settings had "Easter Egg" processes to change them. Well, Nissan dumbed it down for us giving us a very comprehensive settings menu. If you are reading this from your cellphone, I would suggest connecting to Wi Fi or waiting till you get home to read this on your Big Screen because this is going to be a long one!
But before we get to all that, we need to explain that big circular thing on the right. Well, unlike the general consensus that its the speedometer, in reality its only purpose is for the power on animation.
Weather Package brings back the steering wheel heater!! But it doesn't work anything like the old one on my 2013. It does not cycle from very warm to luke warm and back. It now stays at a steady heat. The Seat Heaters also don't get as warm as my 2013 did either. I do have rear heater vents but sadly, there does not appear to be a "rear vent" only option on the air flow menu.
Quick Charge Gives me Chademo but also adds a dual 120 volt/240 Volt Charger. The 240 volt option goes up to 30 amps so very cool. Now what to do with the 3 EVSEs I have at home??...
The ScreensThe Screens are divided into 4 categories with a 5th for settings. The categories; Battery/charging, Media, Driving Performance, and Info. The dots you see on the left side indicates the categories has multiple screens. Moving from category to category is done using left/right buttons on the left side of steering wheel while additional displays within each category are accessed with up/down buttons. Some will have config options that can be accessed by hitting the center button.
The power meter replaces the circles with bars. There are several screens that provide a smaller version in the lower right corner. I think its cute...but mostly useless.
SOC Meter; Again, a "cute" thing. Hitting the ok button brings up a config screen that allows you to plug in various charging speeds; 50 KW QC, 6.6 KW L2, 3.3 KW L2 and 1.44 KW L1. It will also display the actual charge speed in whole KW increments. Nice when checking the ramp down on a DCFC session.
Battery Temperature Gauge. Bravo to Nissan for burying this out of sight!!
Capacity Gauge AKA "Degradation Meter" For my thoughts here, see Temperature Gauge. I am guessing there are 12 segments that will disappear at about the same irregular interval as before but wouldn't be great to find out its an analog meter where we could have like 11¼ bars?
Pressing the Ok button cycles you thru the inputs. I guess its a safer way then hitting the applicable button on the center screen. 😇
Instantaneous Performance Gauge; There are smaller versions on other screens. The top which is zero since its still sitting in garage will bring up your aggregate economy which can be reset by accessing menu on Ok button.
Anyone who had a Prius will need no explanation here. Its basically an identical copy. The far right bar is the instantaneous reading that will graph your previous hour's performance in 5 minute blocks. In the settings menu there is additional info to get daily performances as well.
THE INFORMATION SCREEN
This is where I will live with an occasional visit to the driving history screen.
Automatic Emergency Braking.
No you can't turn this off. But you can disable the warning. Not sure why anyone would want to but its an option.
Apparently one of the most important features on a car...I guess.
Recently someone posted that their TPMS sensor on the dash was on but they didn't have LEAF Spy and apparently didn't have a 2018!!
PSI not your thing? I am sure you will find something you like.
This will take up about 95% of my screen time. Best part of this is its an easy access to for my daily driving log. The only thing missing is Power usage by category. The Soul has it! I want it too! But then again, we have yet to investigate the settings menu 😉
Above I said there was 4 categories. That is actually not true. There is a 5th but hopefully I will never see that one. Its the one between the "i" and the gear.
So thems the basics!
I got up this morning and LEAF Spy'd it and got
38.1 kwh available
What does that mean? Well, its only ONE observation but it is a GREAT preliminary picture into what I can expect with my BMS process.
I have long contended that one of the (many) factors causing advanced degradation on 30 kwh packs was a high DoD. DoD is Depth of Discharge or in layman's terms; How much of that battery is available to move the car.
24 kwh Pack DoD; 93.6%
30 Kwh Pack DoD; 94.8%
So going back the LEAF Spy numbers. With an ahr of 115.09, the nominal capacity of the pack is 41.432 kwh or about 534 GIDs. This works out to a DoD of roughly 92% IOW.