2012 Nissan Leaf uses 10 miles of battery the first 2 miles when fully charged. Is this normal?

Asked by Jul 29, 2017 at 08:27 PM about the 2012 Nissan Leaf SV

Question type: General

When the battery is fully charged and I first drive it uses 10 miles of the
battery in the first 2 miles. No air or heat on. It then settles out and uses about
1 mile for every 1 to 1.5 miles driven. Is the initial usage normal. I have about
19000 miles on my Leaf.

3 Answers


Those trip computers are only an estimate. Electrics hardly ever go as far as the manufacturers claim.

Depends a lot on temp and acceleration. The estimate is based on optimal or typical driving conditions. I've noticed a similar drop on many leafs (leaves?) I've driven . I experimented and found that less acceleration during weather in the 70's (deg f) resulted in less dropping. This is both newer and not new.


70 degrees is about the optimal operating temperature. Higher and lower temps mean less range.

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