My plan is to change jobs this year. I am aiming to find something that has much less driving involved. Not sure where but the reality is I am far from being well paid now so getting something else probably won't be too tough... Hopefully. Besides, I have over 8 years experience at the current job including the last 5½ years so its simply time for a change!
Because nothing is settled, just driving around for the sake of science is not something I can afford to do but Friday, I was left with a great opportunity when I realized that I had enough range to make it home easily so I felt this was a great opportunity to do two tests at once!
Range test. I did a full charge Friday morning and then spent 115.5 miles trying to wear out the battery. The battery won. I was doing a medical clinic run of 10 assignments at 8 different locations. So a lot of street speeds mixed in with 70 MPH freeway sprints for all but about a 6 mile stretch on the 167 to 512 where it was closer to a 45 mile jog. There was occasional rain but by and large, mild with only short stints of defrost to clear the windows. When I said I had enough range to make it home, this was without the help of LEAF Spy since I pulled into the garage with 42 on the GOM.
Naturally, the I-5 slog past the Tacoma Dome was moving at its normal speed...
Any way to get to my 151 mile EPA rated "gotta stop now" situation, I needed to get to 35.5 miles. So I planned out a route that was roughly 146 miles because I didn't want to cut it too close and then not be near a fast charger. But the weather was a LOT nicer than I expected. It was clear, Sunny and in less than 10 minutes on the road, seat and steering wheel heaters were off and the windows were cracked. It was THAT warm!
With it being so sunny, I had enough extra range so detoured to get car washed. In my previous blog I mentioned that on day 6 or 7 of ownership, someone hit my car at either the Everett Speedway or the Dash Point (Federal Way) Walgreens parking lot. Since the parking lot was all ice, I suspect Everett but because of that, I have been hesitant to wash the car because the dirt hid the scratch fairly well...
Less than a mile from the car wash, Low Battery Warning! I should have had LEAF Spy trip meter set but... oh well. Notice estimated range on GOM.
Thoughts; Why did Nissan hide so much capacity at the bottom? Is there something they know that no one else knows? The general consensus as I understand it is very low SOC is ok and very high SOC is not. So why is Nissan allowing a High SOC and doing what they can to prevent us from visiting very low SOCs?
SUCKS (Severely Under Charged Kinetic System)