More 2018 Nissan Leaf
In this podcast I’m talking to James who lives in Newcastle and the North of England and in Scotland when he is there for work. I met James through the YouTube channel in which he talks about his experiences with the 2018 Nissan Leaf. James, like myself loves to get into the nitty-gritty of the actual driving and usage of electric vehicles. It’s not enough to watch a video review of a vehicle with just the basic information and not enough detail. When a reviewer says that you can get 150 miles from a full battery there are other questions to be asked. We need to know information like the ambient temperature. How full is the car, is it carrying a lot of weight? Is the journey all motorway driving or does it take in a lot of driving uphills? James covers this sort of information in his video blogging about the 2018 Nissan Leaf.
Can you use the heating when driving a long journey?
One of James’s videos looks at whether you need to freeze to death while driving an EV. In the older Nissan Leaf vehicles it might have been necessary to turn off the heating to save energy to use for the miles. I’ve seen videos of people driving the 24 kW and the 30 kW Nissan leaf cars and they’re bundled up with big jackets and woolly hats. Even after that they probably still suffer from cold feet syndrome. The good news is with this latest Nissan Leaf there is a much more efficient heating system for the car. It works in much the same way as the refrigeration on the back of your fridge. Not only that, there’s also the heated seats and steering wheel. In some countries this is an extra and other countries you get it as standard. The Nordic countries do tend to need a better heating system in a car!
In my own Nissan Leaf when I get it, I will have the heated seats and steering wheel even though most of the year I won’t need it. It’ll be very useful to have during the wintertime and especially if I do longer trips. This is because I like to be toasty while driving while my wife sitting in the passenger seat prefers a cooler climate. I’ll be able to turn on my heated seat and be happy while having a happy co-pilot too.
Can you use pro pilot assist for city driving?
In the car I have at the moment I use the cruise control as much as possible. Unfortunately it’s not intelligent cruise control as I’ll have in the 2018 Nissan Leaf. James was trying out the Pro Pilot Assist driving in a Scottish city and was finding it to be quite successful. Even if it’s not seeing the lines on the road and driving for you, you still have the intelligent cruise control. The only thing is to remember when you’re coming to a roundabout and there’s no car in front you will need to temporarily turn off the cruise control. If there’s a car in front all you have to do is to steer round the roundabout going at the same speed as the car you’re following. The other good thing about the pro-pilot assist in the city is when you’re stuck in traffic. If the traffic is stop and go and you’re stopped for less than three seconds, when the car in front starts to move again the Nissan Leaf will follow. If it’s more than three seconds the best thing to do is to hit the reset button on the steering wheel. That will get you going again and keep you a safe distance from the car in front.
A good chat with James about driving electric vehicles
I think you’ll enjoy the podcast listening to our chat about driving EV’s. There are some good practical tips within the podcast. I even got inside info about how many car had been made so far in the Sunderland factory.
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