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Winter Driving and Range

Since the last time I posted here, which was sadly a long time ago, a lot has happened with the Leaf.  Mostly I would say that a degree of normalcy has set in.  It has become quite normal to drive an electric car and I mean that in a very good way.  Any initial range anxiety has gone by the boards, and the concern about calculations for distance and range is mostly a thing of the past.

At one of 10 newly installed charging stations near a local supermarket.  Needless to say we go here a lot.

At one of 10 newly installed charging stations near a local supermarket.  Needless to say we go here a lot.

I've decided to play a bit of catch-up here by posting a few of the events from the months since my last post and try to return to some regular observations about driving and owning a Leaf.  My hope in all of this is to let people who might be interested in owning and driving and electric car, know what it's like.

OK, so it's been winter here in New England and a few key topics come to mind.  Yes, it's true that using the heater really cuts into fuel economy.  Prior to the dead of winter, back when I was never using heat, I had been maintaining a 4.5 miles/kWh.  Since December (and I'm writing this in early March) I'm averaging 3.6 at best.  My average since I got the car has now dropped to just above 4.0 which I am hoping to maintain until the warmer weather gets here, but it is likely I'll drop below 4 before then.

Any way, it's true that winter is harder than summer for getting the most miles out of your charge.  Next time I'll write a bit about winter driving itself.

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