First intercity trip in the LEAF today.
I drove to Hamilton this morning. Didn't do anything special. Out of respect for my battery, I tended to keep the speed at the speed limit and not accelerate rapidly. I arrived in Te Rapa on 24%. This is significant because I was past the point of no return. I *had* to charge up in Hamilton in order to get home.
I went around to the WEL office in Te Rapa. They have the only rapid charger in Hamilton. They have one parking spot for electric cars. Next to it is visitor parking. The WEL Nissan LEAF was already parked in the electric car spot and the CHAdeMO charger was connected to it. Fortunately, the next park was empty. The stand has 3 chargers. The other two chargers (CSS/SAE and Tesla-compatible) were of no use to me.
Fortunately, the other LEAF had finished charging.
I disconnected it and plugged in my own car. Thirty-five minutes later I had a 97% charge. I went and did my business in Hamilton and then drove back to Auckland. I noted going up the steep side of the Bombay Hill ate about 5% of my battery....though I did put my foot down and zoom out of a clot of traffic. The LEAF can really GO when you ask it - and don't mind eating the battery a bit. Of course, coming down the other side the regenerative function gives some of that power back.
This time, I went up to the charge.net.nz rapid charger at the Z station in Botany Downs (at Guys Rd and Te Irirangi Dr). I had received my charge.net.nz fob ($1 each - order form their web site) via courier this morning. I plugged in my LEAF and tapped the fob on the tap-the-fob-here spot....and the car began charging....and I went to Burger King for a late lunch. Thirty mins later the LEAF was at 95% and the charger shut itself off. I'd had a wee break and bite to eat.
So going longer distances is perfectly fine and do-able provided there is a rapid charger around. We need more of those. There are only a handful in Auckland.
Off to Thames (108km) on Monday.