New owner's guide to the Nissan Leaf 24/30kWh
Thank you for buying a Nissan Leaf from Go Green Autos. Below are some useful tips to help you get to grips with your new electric car.
This video explains the basics on how to use and drive your new Leaf.
If the vehicle is to be used by multiple drivers, please share this video with all drivers.
It's very easy to forget about the foot brake and pull off with this still engaged. The motor is so powerful, it will drive with the handbrake on tight. If you see an explanation mark light on the dash, it is likely you've left the handbrake on.
On the Leaf you'll hear some knocks and clunks when parking or manoeuvring slowly and these are normal. You'll find the steering knocks on full lock and the brakes can clunk. All common Leaf characteristics.
First time EV drivers will often drive much faster than they would normally, due to the lack of noise ,vibration and the linear smooth acceleration, which doesn't give you the same feedback of speed. EVs hide their speed well. To drive efficiently, you will need to accelerate gently and keep your speed down. It may feel like you're driving slow, but you're probably not!
Your brakes may sound noisy and you'll get rubbing or squealing noises at low speeds. All pretty normal for an EV as there's no engine noise to drown it out, but will be worse initially as it has not been used for a while and has been washed recently (wet = brake corrosion). This video explains more https://youtu.be/OzY0PGWwTyc.
The range meter may be showing a lower range initially. The range meter is only an estimate and is based on past driving. When vehicles are stored and not used for a while, it throws out the range algorithm. As you start to use it and re-charge, it will get more accurate.
You want to aim for a driving economy of 4.5 mpkWh in the summer and 3.5 mpkWh in the winter. To drive economically, accelerate gently, keep the power meter in the lower section while driving and do all slowing down without using the brakes. Further information and tips are in the FAQ page.
In the winter, EVs use more electricity for heating and are therefore less efficient so you'll see less range. But when it comes to Spring and the temperatures improve, so does the range. Further information in the FAQ section.