Using up almost all of our juice
The photo at the top of this post is what I was looking at for a couple of miles on the way home from visiting with friends yesterday. After some running around early in the day, we plugged in for awhile before heading out. We had plenty of electrons in the tank – both according to the remaining bars and the range remaining indicator. I forgot about the fairly steep several hundred foot elevation change on State Route 52 westbound from Santee – the way home that we needed to traverse along the way. At the base of the incline we showed about 15 miles but by the time we got to the top about 2 miles later we were down to 8 miles – with 11 miles to go!
We gained a little back on the downside of the hill but by now I was starting to get slightly concerned. I haven’t run a bottom of range test yet on the 2013 LEAF, though I knew from testing the 2011 LEAF that there were about 17 miles remaining after hitting the Low Battery Warning (found here). We hit the Low Battery Warning on the I-15 freeway heading north about eight miles from home. I figured we would probably make it, but just to be on the safe side, we pulled off of the freeway to drive on surface streets most of the rest of the way home. There were only two areas of concern for me – the first was a couple hundred foot climb coming up out of the Los Penasquitos Canyon, then a mile or so long trek on State Route 56 East before it turns into Ted Williams Parkway. Sure enough, just as we pulled onto SR-56 the Very Low Battery Warning came on. Our previous Very Low Battery warning test gave us over 7 miles after that point was reached – although naturally I could not remember that at the time. I knew that if we could coax it another mile or so that we could walk home if we needed to. Fortunately, that proved to not be necessary, as we never even got to see the Power limitation indicator light (otherwise known as Turtle Mode).
Look for another bottom of range test on the 2013 LEAF soon – as much for my own sanity as providing useful information for you!