First, an apology. I'm no geek and don't have the ability to become one. I've joined the forum not to share worthwhile knowledge but largely to ask questions of the contributors to this excellent LEAF thread, which I discovered only a few days after placing an order with a dealer (one on the "reputable" list fortunately) to import for me a 2016 Japanese 30kWh X model.
My situation is I wanted to upgrade from a 1999 manual Nissan Pulsar to a zero emissions vehicle that will serve me well in retirement doing mainly short journeys around Auckland but several journeys a year to Taupo. I have one-car garaging only and will somewhat regretfully have to farewell the ageing Pulsar.
I thought I'd done the necessary homework on the "range anxiety" issue, but having now read all 60 plus pages on this thread, I'm not so sure. Currently, I drive from north of Auckland to Taupo with one refuelling stop in Cambridge. I didn't accept that the 30kWh LEAF has the 200km range frequently mentioned in the headings of dealers' advertisements; I did accept the "realistic" view of various online reviewers that the 30kWh's true range was between 160km and 190km. That's okay then, I thought -- a first recharge at Te Kauwhata, then a top-up to 100% in Cambridge for the remaining 134km to Taupo, leaving me with a margin of 26km to spare out of the 160km.
This gave me peace of mind till I came across a message here from Linuxluver about an Auckland to Wellington trip. The Cambridge-Taupo leg was "horrendous" apparently, even for an experienced EV driver using all the tricks like trailing behind big trucks (ugh!!).
The planned fast chargers at Tirau and Tokoroa are still not in place -- just hoped for "by the end of the year", same as they were in 2016 I believe.
Has anyone else here besides Linuxluver tackled the Cambridge-Taupo journey in a 30kWh LEAF and what was their experience please? Should I be banking on the chance of a successful expedition in early November in my near-new LEAF? What pre-arrangements can be made to avert disappointment and huge inconvenience? What do you do if you run out of charge when the surrounding terrain is nothing but forestry blocks?
If you bought a Leaf with adaptive cruise control (ability to follow a vehicle from at a set distance with the car cruise control computer controlling the speed to keep the distance) you can follow a giant truck and have nearly no wind resistance all the way. But I strongly recommend getting one with crash avoidance system (autamatic emergency braking) just in case. Also make sure the truck is not white.