23 February 2013

Leaf Roads

I have slowly been working out which roads are nice to my battery and which are not.
Below are a few I travel a lot.

Brisbane City to Capalaba (Redlands)

Good - Wynnum, Manly and New Cleveland Roads
60-70km/h speed limit, medium hills

Bad - Old Cleveland and Finucane Roads
60-80km/h speed limit, very steep hills.
Can loose 20km+ at camp hill and chandler.

Brisbane City to Bethania (Logan)

Good - Logan and Kingston Roads
60-80km/h speed limit, mainly medium hills with
 two steeper hills between eight mile plains and springwood.

Bad - Freeway and Logan Lea Road
60-100km/h speed limit, you have to climb three hills from
slacks creek to mt gravatt (inbound).  If I do use the freeway,
 I enter/exit at Logan road (mt gravatt) to avoid hills at 100km/h.

Bethania (Logan) to Southport Beach

Good - Side roads of M1
60-80km/h speed limit. There is a path parallel to the M1
 mainly on the ocean side. At the end of siganto drive (movie world) you have
to cross under the M1 to helensvale. From there it is a nice drive to southport.
I can do a return trip on 80% charge (air con off).

Bad - M1
110km/h speed limit. Will eat your battery up fast.
The only charging station near southport is not open on the weekend :(

Leaf 6 months later

It has been six months since I purchased my leaf. I have done about 16,000 kms and love driving it every day. I have used approximately $630 in electricity, plus an $88 service.

I have also moved house from the Redlands (East of Brisbane) to Logan (South of Brisbane). This made the daily commute from 52km return trip to 80km return trip (to work).

Luckily, due to Logan being closer to the Gold Coast, I can now travel to the beach and back without needing a charge, hurray!!

Also, When I moved, I had my charger installed with a separate meter, so I can record the power usage (previously I was using the boot charger and an inline meter). I attached a wireless monitor to the meter to make it easier to see the usage.