40kWh Nissan Leaf – 376.1 miles (605.2 km) to Fully Charged Live 2019 with new BMS firmware update

Hello James here and we’re off to fully
charge live again this year and this time I am going to be driving the car
with the new BMS update so we’re going to see what difference we get this time
with the same journey I’m gonna make the same stops and I’m gonna do the same
sort of charges I’ll go into the reasons why because I’m running a little late so
I set off we’re already roughly about seven
minutes behind what we were last time so just want to try and get the timing and
see if we can go a little bit quicker just a quick summary of what I have set
up I am in the shell garage it is £1.37p for petrol so not being that well last
few days so I’ve got more in sandwiches and drinks and stuff buffers this tape
and I basically feel like I’m actually one falling away from being a Hong Kong
taxi I don’t know why the Hong Kong taxi drivers need three funds but they do it
right we’re gonna head off now we are roughly about 10 minutes behind from
last year we are having great weather here I’m just gonna do some final checks
right so we got flightcheck plan we have equal on a pedal off we set all trips
flaps down definitely flaps down camera gimbal laptop change of clothes mini
fridge very important to mobile phones year and dangling wires right we’re all
set to go so the difference between this time and
last is we have the new BMS update on the Leaf compared to the old 5SH2A
we’ve got the 5SH2 update alone and that has changed the way the car charges
we had that issue last year were the charge rate would slow down on
consecutive charging on rapid charges mission have as much as year this same
so I just want to like for like comparison of drive and charge
so we’re on the a1 now and we’re heading from Livingston to Milton Keynes for the
charge life tomorrow and the overall distance is 376 miles roughly and we are
going to cover this with the new BMS update last year I did four stops one
the way every 70 miles hop I am going to do the exact same technique for this
year for a few reasons one you canne change the laws of physics so you have
to go with the battery because even though it’s got the new update and
Europe able to charge faster at a higher temperature the temperature will still
increase the same as a would before the car doesn’t have any new hardware to
keep the vehicle cool so that’s I need to stop when I’m driving and when I’m
charging all that should still be the same as before
but what top Enders were the first so you know the equilibrium of the battery
temperature was about 38 degrees so once we have that then I will change the game
plan a little the main difference this year instead of
going the Japanese speed limit of 100 kilometers
I’m going to go 410 which is roughly about 65 miles an hour instead of 62
which I did last year and I’m going to try and keeping that up until the car
battery hits about 38 degrees centigrade because that’s kind of the equilibrium
of when you know the the when you’re doing 62 the battery can’t stay stable
at that point and I want to try and keep the battery and properly about that sort
of temperature between charges if we’re lucky we should hopefully the Schloss
charge speed we should get is about 32 kilowatts and judging from the chart you
can see here there’s a big difference in the solid tapering of the charging
depending on the battery temperature and it seems a lot higher this time so even
though 44 degrees centigrade were talking about 32 kilowatts of charging
speed and that’s like three-quarters of the initial charge speed of when the
batteries at the optimum temperature which is still a decent speed if you
compare it to what we were pulling all last time without loved it we were down
to about 22 23 kilowatt so that’s like half the charge
speed and that map me the big difference I’m gonna put a banana when you see
their charge speed go that long so hopefully wouldn’t we won’t actually
reach below 32 kilowatts and charge speed today the difference also is today
we head off and the temperature was 14 degrees centigrade for the battery last
year 17 so we’re a slight advantage there the disadvantage this year is
we’ve got side winds of about 15 miles an hour last year we had tailwind which
helped push us along so that was a bit of a benefit so they can weigh
themselves and the overall ambient temperature this this year’s the this
year’s trip we’re a ruff-ruff with 16 degrees
I think we’re four degrees above what we were last year and I think it was
probably roughly about the same actually so this trip should be fairly similar
towards last year let’s set for I’m gonna stay at 65 miles an hour so we’re
going to be heading the same stocks as we did last time which
bear upon tweet then we’re going to go to the service station and Newcastle and
we’ll you off to Weatherby as well my favorite stop and then we’re off to
control surfaces so that’s the four stops that we’re going to and elbow may
not charge as long as we need to this time depending how the charge rate goes
of the car and what hoping to do a little bit better than last year which
was ten hours and thirty minutes roughly five minutes so we’ll see we can get to
milk Kings before it’ll clock this year putting at sixty-five then till then I’m
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person self-charging hybrid we are about eight point nine miles away from barrack
and we have covered sixty five point five miles
we the battery temperature is twenty one point six degrees centigrade that’s a
little bit higher than it was last year I think we’ve reached barakat 19 degrees
we were going slower and we were we had a lot actually a little bit more traffic
than we had today so that will account for the high temperature including we
don’t have a tailwind today we’ve got side wind so all those little things
factored into the battery temperatures just been sober other than that nothing to really worry
about the current battery charge is at 53% so I don’t think you’ll probably
stay the full 30 minutes here at Barrett didn’t seem like we needed so let’s have
a quick chat about state of health of the battery after one year of ownership
that actually dropped at ninety four point seven eight percent and it’s not
really that bad we had if you look at the chart here you see the we had this
drop of Roth Laveau two percent and that was over winter when the temperature
plummeted about I think it ended up being about minus five minus 10 degrees
Center it they’ll have to use the car a bit so the for that that week you see it
to me they’re just the tanks down but it’s kind of stabilized again and it’s
not really changed that much and we look at the state of health know the battery
is state of health is ninety four point two one percent so it’s not really
dropped that much from before maybe a half a percent so thinking that the
state health of the battery actually looks really good for the car
especially those I’ve done $22,000 and we have done rapid charges 285 Rapids or
quick charging and for the fast charging at home
it says 423 but I wouldn’t haven’t pulled off that because there’s a few
things on that worth solar panels and the zactly charger because I had to
plugged in and every time the Sun goes in and out and it gets and the solar
gets cut out that will count that as one charge and when it kicks back in again
so you know I had baby it’s probably laid off by about 200 so I probably half
that so it’s probably I probably don’t rock the boat at the same amount of
level 1 level 2 charging the other thing with the state of health of the battery
being negative or queen to 1% is last year about this time the most I have
caught the car up on the battery remaining when it’s at 100% was about 37
and a half the crisis interstate when there’s brand-new
no it has dropped out to about thirty six point seven so we lost about one
kilowatt-hour of the total battery that’s usable
so we probably lost about three or four mounds of range
mostly for miles of range compared to what we had at the beginning of the year
or the beginning of last year should I say when the car was new so it’s not
really that much range drop not really noticed any major differences so that’s
the update we should be heading to the charge point pretty shortly we’re gonna
head into barrack now okay so we made it to the charge point
barrack we’re at 22 point two degrees centigrade on the battery battery is at
forty eight percent which is fairly high actually okay we just probably just top
up here till we get to about eighty five percent before me hitting the road right
so the car is charging up nicely forty-three forty-four kilowatts of
charge speed which is decent right there the up fifty percent and what else we
need to check oh yeah why about flightcheck plan this by screenshot then
the spice screenshot again i’m so 485 VW and minis seem naked all o news again
right we’re gonna pause that right least by new screenshot twenty two point two
it was on the temperature I’m just gonna turn the car off for now look at that go
and yeah what else can we talk about must be Lord’s gonna cook another four
and a half hours in the car right yeah talk about some of this stuff that I got
so two phones and I’ve got the humic sir actually bought one with my own money
this time all the money I made from YouTube are blown on one of these
because it was on sale for seven pounds on Amazon I’ll put a link below they’re
really good and that’s the second one that I’ve got another thing that I’ve
got is this which is pretty interesting which is best tech and it’s three-pin
plug its beauties I’m rubbish at this product review stuff yeah so it uses a
cigarette later but it’s got four USBs and it’s got two three pin plugs and the
reason for that is running the mini-fridge and don’t leave at the back
of the car because it’s quite loud the fans I’ll put it in the boot
instead and with this I can actually plug it in here and have the extension
cable to keep that cool box running to keep stuff cool not only that I can
actually this is 200 watts of power inverter and my laptop is I think is
about a hundred and seventy watts so this actually has enough power to power
only just got it so there’s dots it doesn’t seem it seems to be working just
fine and it doesn’t seem to be any issues so we’re 17 minutes into the
charge at the moment and we’re pulling 24 kilowatts and with the temperatures
thirty point four degrees and that kind of cause and side with my battery chunk
from last year which we were charging at 50 they’re roughly about 50 percent went
way so you know if we stay for 40 minutes will detonate if I descend but
we don’t really want to do that and that’s that 7.5 degrees centigrade so
that’s roughly what we got we gain 8 degrees centigrade so far which is good
it’s better than pulling putting in 20 degrees with a low state of charge like
I said you can’t change the laws of physics the way the car charges it will
still be the same so with same amount heat that pulls in
and so in that terms is that nothing’s changed apart from the the battery
management system will let you charge a higher rate a higher temperature that is
the only difference so this is why we’re still keeping the
same game plan as we did last year I know something you might want to not do
this and just want to get in the car drive we will be doing that on the way
back to Scotland on Sunday so we’ll be able to find out from there when I’m
just gonna wing it and get down to about 20 percent on the battery and then
charge up and then we’ll see what happens how long before the rapid gate
starts to kick in if it does which I’m sure it will do especially if you’re not
going to really plan that I mean I planned a trip before to Manchester and
that was 220 miles and I don’t really have a
problem think the slowest charge rate I got was that it kilowatts and the
battery is quite toasty by that point was but 40 degrees it’s much higher than
what would be with using the technique that I am at the moment from last year
so we’re just leaving Barrick now and we’re up to 82% on the battery level
we’ve got 130 mile range we only need to cover the next 70 to 80 miles before we
reach in Newcastle the battery temperature was at 34 more oh sorry
thirty point four degrees and they with this or driving through Barrett we are
down to thirty point one I was pulling down the batteries coming down anyway by
itself without taking that three minute break for this I still don’t think you
really need it I mean we charge for an extra 10 minutes last time and the
battery temperature was at 30.6 it’s been roughly about the same so you even
have a charge for that next 10 minutes I don’t think I would put on that much
more g2 compared to last year so everything’s running as expected I’m
stopping there trying here sixty-five but I’ll probably I’ll have
to do 60 because it’s mostly 60 zones from here till before we reached
Newcastle so I’m going to hit the road and we’re gonna I’m gonna give you guys
an update once we get closer to Newcastle so that’s a car charging now so we’re
gonna see what happens in 30 minutes and see how much extra state charge we get
we want to try and potentially reach 85% at least so we might have to state that
painting a little bit longer because we skip the first 10 minutes but we’ll find
out once the team’s up or up forget on the checklist it says I need to check
the charging speed and the battery temperature so it’s 33 degrees it’s
charging at 38 kilowatts so at 33 if we see we are getting 38 right so I’m just
filling this chart so it’s still a little bit quicker before the update but
now that we’ve got that update it’s charging that little bit quicker at this
temperature so we’ll see what happens maybe that is right wait so we were
actually up to forty two point six degrees centigrade so it’s pretty much
paying on what I said before the battery temperature on here is about
three-quarters of the way up so we’re still looking good I’m gonna go and stop
the charge because we’re at 85% and we’re over a thirty minutes on charge
actually need to use my phone I gotta write we’re gonna stay here for maybe
three minutes and hopefully we can drop the temperature down by a couple of
degrees and hopefully get the temperature down a
little bit so this is the first time I’m using the three to five minute wait
between charging and travel it compared to last year I mean we did that at the
start we would have wasted a little bit more time but we probably got the
temperature down a couple of degrees so I reckon if we’ve kept it original what
we did last year would be pretty much the same the Washington after charging
last year was 38.2 degrees centigrade this year was 42 so doing that a little
bit quicker and not stopping the charge or stopping after and before charging
increase the battery temperature by 4 degrees or just over 4 degrees
centigrade this year so I am hoping that we can keep the battery temperature
around 40 degrees or lower once we get to Weatherby station that was 37 last
year so it did drop down a bit but we were going a little bit slow on last
year so I am expecting it to be pretty much the same but the only difference
should be how the tapering happens and how much extra heat the car will produce
so the next two stops at Weatherby and Nottingham is going to be the most
interesting out of this the the first two is practically the same as last year
so there’s no real difference in charging speeds so we’re gonna sit off
in about two minutes we’ll check the temperature I might even stay for an
extra two after that and we’ll see what happens I’ll just sort myself out a
little bit my EBA Scotland tank art we are back at
1:45 it is and we are so actually what team did we leave my Shearer so watch
here we left Washington services at two
o’clock what’s the time now 1:46 so we’re still 10 minutes Oh Oh at
least well actually 14 minutes ahead of
schedule so by time we do this stop we’re talking about 15 minutes so we’re
almost there I’m just going to check the temperature of the car of the battery
right the spire on okay so we drop to 41 point
9 degrees centigrade day so it has come down a bit so so far this trip compared
to last year it seems I’m going that a little bit quicker there’s a little bit
less to worry about and I feel like doing 65 I can actually overtake things
like these air liquid air liquide ii carbon dioxide lorries and trucks and
things which is quite nice miksa bit of a change rather than drafting behind
them last year I feel like I’m actually progressing much quicker as well in time
so far we are 15 minutes above our ETA from last year or actually not ETA BER
actual time from last year so we got to Weatherby at 3:35 so let’s find out what
time we get there day so now the cars charging it’s charging
38 kilowatts and the temperature of the car was about 39 and a half degrees so
that is I’m gonna chop this down it seems seems to be 38
across the board on the charger oh yeah so we’ll call it 40 degrees yeah 30 so
after 40 degrees or start to taper quite heavily but between that it seems to be
pretty stable so we should be pulling a good charge the only thing I’m worried
about is the temperature like I said I think if we’re gonna pull another 10
degrees centigrade we’re talking about 49 degrees C but like I said we’re going
to find out how much it dissipates when we travel down at 65 miles an hour due
to some technical issues I have lost audio for the rest of the trip namely
that I forgot to turn on the mic because it’s got nine and off switch there’s a
new one that I got so I’ll have to narrate the rest of the video with along
with you guys while I watch it so still got the dash cam so it’s all good but
while I’ve got your attention here I might as well show you the best tech and
what I am doing I have here the best tech plugged in the cars on and it’s on
the laptop and if we come here you will see and we can get the mouse over
there it is in fact charging cards where there’s 23 minutes left before the
battery school so it does work with the laptop and you can charge it off so
that’s great the laptop is a hundred and thirty for the laptop so anyway let’s
get on with the rest of the road trip and more do my best to inform you guys
what happened so like I said and my haste running through the rain I forgot
to turn the audio back on on my recording equipment so we have here
we’re at forty nine point six degrees centigrade and the car is charged up to
about eighty five percent so I thought I’ll stop this charge at this point so
also what I decided to do was to give it that five minute rest and try and get
the battery temperature down a little bit just to see if we can drop it down
by one or two degrees so after the five minutes was up I decided to set off the
temperature of the car was forty eight point seven degrees centigrade so we
lost zero point nine degrees so we are all mostly lost one whole degrees of
heat from the car which should help us along the way a little bit so the trip
between whether it be Washington and whether it be there’s not that much
difference in temperature because a starting battery before charging percent
was roughly about the same at thirty six and thirty four percent and the car was
still charging at thirty eight kilowatts and if you look at the temperature rise
we’ve got ten about ten degrees rise and both where as the year before Weatherby
we were only charging at thirty two kilowatts it was the highest state of
charge I’m the only gain five degrees centigrade so as I pulled into TRO well
the battery temperature was at forty four point seven degrees centigrade but
the problem here was that the left hand charger wasn’t working so in the rain
while I was trying to initiate the charge it just wasn’t going off so I
ended up using the one on the right hand side the advantage of that was within
the time that it took me to miss a row trying to get it to work which is about
two minutes I think when we drop to forty four point one degrees centigrade
so we dropped half four degrees which is quite handy but that was just enough at
44 degrees to help us pull 32 kilowatts so it’s still quite a respectable speed
we’re still talking about 3/4 of the impulse speed of the charge rate from
for the car because the car anomaly pulls at 43 kilowatts so we were like
3/4 the speed of the charging so that was going okay the only other issue we I
had concerns about it was a low state charge because we were down to 28% so I
thought maybe was need to stay here for 45 minutes
so after 30 minutes to my surprise we were actually up to 71% and the car was
still pulling 31 kilowatts so I thought I’ll check the battery temperature of
the car and that was a fifty two point six degrees centigrade so it’s gone up
by about eight degrees so because we were charging a little bit law state a
charge and it’s still pulling this sort of speed we were so producing a little
bit more heat than last year so I decided to check at the battery
temperature the car and we’re at the fresh red lighting and I was thinking
wow that’s a little bit high so I might have to change my strategy here for the
next part because by the end of the forty minutes we were up to fifty three
point three degrees centigrade and that that is really toasty for the car but we
still haven’t actually reached the second red line so sticking at 65 miles
an hour seems like a good way to not reach that second red line I think um
you go any quicker than that that’s when you’ll start running into some trouble
so I decided to go after forty minutes because we were at Ft two percent and we
only had about 70 miles left to go to the next service which was in Milton
Keynes had decided to pack up and head towards Milton Keynes hub because
there’s more chance of charging there not that Milton Keynes has any lack of
infrastructure so all in all we gain about name
point two degrees centigrade on this part of the strip and over all time we
were actually about 50 minutes ahead of schedule and that was that that is quite
a significant amount of time to reduce from the year before and the fact that I
didn’t really need to think too much and I was still overtaking vehicles even at
this last point of the trip the battery temperature wasn’t really going down
that much but lucky for us there was a bit uh roadworks and I had to go 50
miles an hour for the last I think it was about 15 mile stretch I was down to
about 50 miles an hour and the car temperature once we started charging at
Milton Keynes was down to forty six point seven degrees and the charge rate
we were pulling at 28 kilowatts I didn’t wait around to let the battery cool I
just plugged it into the Paula just to get the speed of the charge rate and
that 28 kilowatts we’re talking about two-thirds of the actual full charging
speed of this vehicle and that is still quite respectable so we compared this
charging speed at 28 kilowatts compared to the old BMS we’re talking about 20 to
21 kilowatts in charge speed and the half the speed it does really you do
really noticed that effect especially when the time has doubled once you start
charging but after 30 minutes we actually reached the estimated percent
and we’re actually all for that we’re up to 81 percent which is a lot bit higher
than I was expecting which was great and we’re still pulling 24 kilowatts even at
this high C of charge so I was expecting if we needed to go any further we would
only need to maybe charge up for another five minutes to get up to the 85%
so with the new BMS you can tell at the end of the trip here you could bounce
the temperature between 46 to 53 degrees centigrade and keep that cycle going I
was a little bit worried that there was some sort of like greenhouse effect
where a runaway honours and the temperature will spiral tell the car
decide to go into turtle mode and not let you
charge the fill rear well at least not let you charge a rapid charger properly
but this doesn’t seem to be the case it looks like with the telematics that
everyone’s been sending this ad they’re able to shift the BMS to be a little bit
more workable at this higher temperature at least with the new update this gives
people the chance to drive at least 350 miles using the old technique that I’ve
adopted last year and really what they need to do is apply this to North
America and in Japan and then the Asia just because the you know I can’t see
why they didn’t want to do it I know people in Japan wouldn’t want to
complain and it’s not really in their culture to complain about it so they’re
most likely not going to be getting the update but enough America if you really
want this then you should really make a formal complaint in the sand and get
them to apply the same update to your vehicle let’s find out next time what
happens when I just fly up the m6 m74 it’s a 350 mile trip and we’ll see if we
can smash a time that we done though and we’re only doing three stops on that one
so until then I hope you liked this video and found it useful and if you did
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next time you

27 thoughts on “40kWh Nissan Leaf – 376.1 miles (605.2 km) to Fully Charged Live 2019 with new BMS firmware update

  1. Hi James , noticed you drive on motorway with car in D and Epedal / Eco mode on. Is this the most economical way to drive on the motorway ? When I went down to FCL I had mine in B mode . Only had car a few weeks so was wondering what the difference is ? Cheers Paul.

  2. I still don't understand why now our cars are starting to slow the charge from 50% instead of from 60% how it was when first got them. Can't blame the poor cold weather on it now as its doing the same on the good days

  3. Great stuff James. At what LeafSpy % does the car go into turtle mode and at what LeafSpy % does it shutdown. I haven’t been brave enough to do it myself.

  4. Thanks for another informative video. Pleased to meet you and EV Man at the show and say thanks for your efforts.

  5. I think the soh for the battery is more age rather than mileage as your leaf is the same age as my leaf and my soh is the same as yours and I have only done 11000 miles

  6. Hi James,
    Great Video, thanks. I did recently a similar trip of about 550km (350mi). At my last stop I got only 11kw and temperatur was way above 55 degree. Speed was about 110km/h. The biggest problem seems to be the outside temp. of about 30degree. So it took me a bit longer to charge …
    The Car ist a 2018 model and got the 5SH2C ECU-version.
    Torsten from Germany.

  7. Hey James, so good to see you upload another video. They're always very informative and entertaining. I have a suggestion if I may be so bold; would you consider trying out https://abetterrouteplanner.com/ for your next long journey and see what results you get with that?

  8. Nice video James! I can see your face infront of me when you realized that you lost the audio for that last bit! Such things sucks! 😀
    What camera setup do you have to record the dash?

  9. Great video, James. As a 2018 Leaf owner in North America, I have let Nissan know several times that if they do not update the BMS for North American Leaf owners, I will not purchase another Nissan product when my lease ends. Nissan NA does not seem to care, so it appears that I will purchase an EV from another manufacturer in 2021. It's a shame, as otherwise I am extremely happy with my Leaf, and it's great for my daily commute.

    I have twice driven my Leaf between the Philadelphia area and the Boston area, a trip of roughly 320 miles each way. I am able to make the trip with two rapid charges by keeping my average highway speed to right around 60 mph, but the slowdown of the second rapid charge unacceptably extends the trip time.

  10. Coming at this from another angle, let's say 350 mile trip. @65mph = 5hr 23m and @56mph = 6hr 15m. a 52 minute difference. So the question being, would the more conservative speed remove at least one charging stop, and allow for faster charging at the others due to possibly lower battery temps? And, would these introduced time savings be more than the 52 minute penalty? Just another comment, when you stop for a recharge, you seem to have quite a bit of charge left – is there a good reason for this?! I really cannot fathom why I find your videos of road trips so engaging, let alone try and explain it to my wife!! Keep up the great work, I was at Fully Charged as well and did keep an eye out for you. Maybe I can say "hi" in 2020.

  11. Great video, James. I'm in Scotland now on holiday with my Leaf. First day, when we went from Newcastle to Appin (near Oban). Since I don't have a CYC card, I had to call them, and they could not communicate with the first two chargers. Luckily, the next one did, and so far we don't have any problems. Most Scots are also very helpful and start the charge for you.
    Today we're going to Craigallachie to Edinburgh. Fingers crossed. 😄

  12. Hi James, Mike here. It was great to meet you at Fully Charged Live this year. I have watched your video's since you got the leaf. As I said at FCL you helped put my mind at ease with your videos when the multiple rapid charge issue was highlighted. I was awaiting delivery of my Leaf at the time and a little concerned that the several long journey's I make each year might have been very difficult in my new car. Following your early advice I have never had a problem doing 300+ mile journeys. It just takes a little more planning.
    These days post the BMS update, and an increase in public chargers, I don't need to do the same level of planning before. It was interesting to see this latest video with a comparison pre and post BMS update. I have had similar results. Looking forward to the next one.
    One thing I noticed at that MK Polar Charging hub was that I was still getting 22kW into the 90%, that was my third charge of the day and I was the only one charging at a 9 point hub 🙂 It did not look as if it was going to taper off so I did not take it past 95%. I was wondering if anyone else has seen this. If it happens next time I will try to take a screen shot.
    Keep up the good work.

  13. How many charges is it until it was dropping right down , because i take it you would set of fully charged.

  14. James, enjoyed the journey with you, love the graphs keep them coming, I have an unrelated question but you or someone may have the answer. If you wanted to fit winter tyres later in the year, am I right in thinking you have to fit 16 inch steel wheels and do you have any experience of the leaf in snow or bad weather, any recommendation would be helpful. (I don't relish my alloys in the salt!)

  15. Thanks for the valuable information, James. It looks as though the upgrade has saved you about an hour for a 450 mile (~750 km) journey. The main concern is that battery longevity will have been shortened because of charging at higher currents at elevated temperatures. This flags a serious warning for anyone living in a hotter climate, such as in parts of the USA, not to opt for the firmware update. As for SOH, that's partly guesswork, but you might want to try a full discharge and recharge cycle, once every few months, to balance up the cells.

  16. Your videos have been very helpful to me. I am enjoying your good blethers about the Leaf.
    Living in Florida in a retirement community and probably not going to do any long trips, your videos will still be helpful on how to track Leaf health.
    As a new Leaf owner of a 2012 ……10 bar ……..I would like to know if it is alright to leave the newly purchased not yet installed OBD2 on a permanent basis? Do you know if there is any drain on the 12 volt battery when vehicle is turned off?

  17. Hi James, I have had the 62KWh Leaf for two weeks. Compared to the 40, the 62 is amazing! I drove through 5 countries in two days! 389 kilometres per charge is easy with killowatts to spare. Charging is very fast! At 90% SOC I'm still pulling 33 killowatts of juice. In Norway I managed a top charging speed of 73 killowatts. The battery has never been above 43 degrees Celcius after driving at 120 kilometres an hour and doing a QC from 23% up to 90%. It seems that there is some sort of passive cooling? The battery cools down quicker than my 40KWh does. ProPilot assist is much better. Faster to turn on and much smoother than the 40KWh. I managed over 220 kilometres without touching the steering wheel. The navigation system is great! Live traffic, much faster routing and great overall interface. Acceleration from a red light is fun and smoking the diesel cars will forever put a smile on my face. You can feel the extra weight in a good way. Firmer ride and seems to be more quite also? Tomorrow I'm taking a long trip back home and can't wait to get behind the wheel. So glad I passed on the Model 3!

  18. My experience in California. I have a 2018 I purchased in October 2018 and it came with BMS version 5SH2A. I read an article that there was now an update available here in the US. The service bulletin is listed with the reference number NTB19-056 and its title is “2018-2019 LEAF; LITHIUM-ION BATTERY WILL NOT QUICK CHARGE.”

    I had the dealer install the update. The version now is 5SH2B. The car does charge faster and I did notice the Regen breaking is not limited as much as before when the car is in SCO 80% and above. It seems Europe is getting the newer 5SH2C, but I’m happy the the changes I got.

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