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  Reply # 1859655 6-Sep-2017 13:01
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So the Nissan Leaf 2018 is being shown off live at the moment here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7QxQGHx0Uo

 

They are toting 400km range with more to come later. Pretty interesting, I very much doubt they'll sell it over here any time soon :(

 

Also they are saying that the price should be comparable to the previous model. Now that is interesting, does that make it cheaper than the Tesla 3?


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  Reply # 1859714 6-Sep-2017 14:02
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So the Nissan Leaf 2018..... I very much doubt they'll sell it over here any time soon ...

 

 

People are bringing 2016 Leaf into the country in piles now. While doing Jap 2 Eng conversions on those - I saw Nov 2016 manufacture dates in a few cars. Less than a year old cars for competitive prices <30K.

 

Just wait for another year and new JDM Leafs will be seen here in NZ, I am sure. Maybe I will buy one of those in 2018.





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  Reply # 1859718 6-Sep-2017 14:06
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We bought our 24kWh Leaf from Nelson and need to drive it to Picton and put it on the ferry to Wellington.  Does anyone have any advice on the route?

 

107km via Linkwater, but hilly and windy.

 

134km going the route close to Blenheim.

 

The car company are supplying the car with a 10 amp (not 8 amp!) EVSE.  Is that questionable?

 

At Rai Valley and Pelorus Bridge there are blue commando slow charge facilities.  We have a ~5m caravan extension lead that ends with a 10 amp 3-pin (we use it at campsites when we are tenting to power random devices).  Can that be connected to the blue commando socket and then to the 3 pin EVSE to supply to the car?  I know that will be slowwwwww, but we have time.

 

Such noob questions.... 

 

 

I prefer the Linkwater route as it's shorter and you're able to drive much more slowly. Take the hills easy - not hard as most have very tight corners and the speed is well down.

The Blenhiem route is a race track....and 25km further.  I've done it, too. I defintely prefer Linkwater.  

When you get to Wellington, the nearest charger is probably the Z Station at Jackson St, Petone....or the Charge.Net one in Vivian St (again at the Z Station)......but the Vivian charger can have several cars queued up. 





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  Reply # 1859735 6-Sep-2017 14:30
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RUKI:

 

JeezyKreezy:

 

So the Nissan Leaf 2018..... I very much doubt they'll sell it over here any time soon ...

 

 

People are bringing 2016 Leaf into the country in piles now. While doing Jap 2 Eng conversions on those - I saw Nov 2016 manufacture dates in a few cars. Less than a year old cars for competitive prices <30K.

 

Just wait for another year and new JDM Leafs will be seen here in NZ, I am sure. Maybe I will buy one of those in 2018.

 

 

So here's a question, is it a good idea to grab up a Leaf 2015 X for around 20k now or wait until the 2018 is over here and potentially pay over 30k? I realise this could be completely down to personal opinion but I'll ask it anyway :P


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  Reply # 1859738 6-Sep-2017 14:33
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I'd grab the 2016 leaf for around 20k


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  Reply # 1859745 6-Sep-2017 14:40
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Batman:

 

I'd grab the 2016 leaf for around 20k

 

 

I also just read that the 400km range is not based on EPA test. So we don't know its range at the moment, the current estimate is 240km.

 

Bottom of this page http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/2018-nissan-leaf-makes-north-american-debut says "Projected MY18 EPA range of 150 miles. Actual range may vary based on driving conditions. Use for comparison only"

 

So another 10k for maybe 100 more km, which technically I don't actually need right now.


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  Reply # 1859758 6-Sep-2017 15:04
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JeezyKreezy:

 

 

 

So here's a question, is it a good idea to grab up a Leaf 2015 X for around 20k now or wait until the 2018 is over here and potentially pay over 30k? I realise this could be completely down to personal opinion but I'll ask it anyway :P

 

 

Well, I went with a 2015 X for now, I'll trade up to something else later.  The thing is that new EVs are coming out non-stop over the next few years, at what point to you buy something and start driving it?  For now I'll save a bunch of money on my daily commute (70km return trip each day Mon-Fri) and I'll build my savings up.

 

2018 Leaf - 40kWh, nice upgrade but next year there will be a 60kWh version which will be even better.  It may be over two years from now before you could have a chance of getting a 60kWh Leaf for around $30k.

 

2022 - Toyota are supposedly selling solid state batteries, they are claiming they will have 3x the capacity of current Li-Ion batteries.  This would be a huge game changer if it lives up to the claims.  I've got my fingers crossed for this technology to come through!

 

So I'll drive my 24kWh Leaf for a few years and maybe around 2024 or 2025 I'll buy a two year old Japanese import car with a very nice capacity solid state battery that will last the life of the car, this will hopefully cost me under $25k and maybe as cheap as $20k.  I'm still saving heaps on my running costs and putting out no emissions in the mean time.


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  Reply # 1859762 6-Sep-2017 15:17
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Just got the info that EXPO will not have parking space for non EVs and you have to park on street wherever... I am extremely disappointed at those who organized that. Entire pitch of Expo is to promote EV to non-eve owners. FYI: parking at the show is only for EV! Not even for hybrids or ICE owners who might be dreaming about buying EVs. I am loosing interest to the event orginized like that. Parking your car in Manurewa area for entire day on road? Really?





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  Reply # 1859781 6-Sep-2017 15:54
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RUKI:

 

Just got the info that EXPO will not have parking space for non EVs and you have to park on street wherever... I am extremely disappointed at those who organized that. Entire pitch of Expo is to promote EV to non-eve owners. FYI: parking at the show is only for EV! Not even for hybrids or ICE owners who might be dreaming about buying EVs. I am loosing interest to the event orginized like that. Parking your car in Manurewa area for entire day on road? Really?

 

 

Any reason given for this?  Is it just that they need all the room for the NZ record attempt?

 

I have no idea of how much parking there is at this venue so I have no idea if they would have enough room for the record attempt as well as offer some parking for non-EVs.




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  Reply # 1859817 6-Sep-2017 16:58
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LEAF owners should check their front wheel struts if they haven't already. This is an old issue, but some here may not be aware of it. 

The water from the windscreen can get down into the bowl around the bolts on the top of the wheel struts (left and right window-side corners under the bonnet) and if precautions aren't taken there can be rust there.....and over time it could be a problem. 

The solution is simple. You flick the plastic covers over the area off with your fingernail.....like this:



and then dry the area out with a cloth or whatever. Brush away any rust with a small steel brush and clean it up. Then slather in grease. Here is a pic of mine and it's clean and greased. 




 Additionally, you can cover the area with something to prevent more water getting in. 

Nissan sell a cap for this purpose. Why they didn't just put in the car in the first place is one of life's mysteries. Or you can put a small toilet plunger cup on it....or whatever else. 

I went the "official" way and bout the Nissan parts for $28 (plus $1.50 shipping) from http://www.nzev.co.nz/nissan-leaf-suspension-strut-caps-pair/ 

Here is what it looks like, in and out of the packaging. 







...and this is what it looks like after you have fitted it. That will keep the water out. :-) 













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  Reply # 1859832 6-Sep-2017 17:25
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Another bit of Nissan LEAF accessory info. You can buy a charging cowl to lock in place when charging your car. It mainly prevents people from easily tampering with your charging plug if you're not with the vehicle. Probably especially useful in places like motels where you might leave the car charging overnight in the open....or if you're someone who has to charge in the open where people pass by for whatever reason. You add two brackets to the hatch. There are holes there for this purpose already. Then you slide the cowl into place and close the hatch. It locks. You use the key hatch button, or the unlock hatch button inside the car, to release it. You slide it off, fold the two sides in and put it back in its bag. 

I got mine for $150 from James Jia of Oti Motors in Remuera. He imports and sells Nissan LEAFS, too.



 





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  Reply # 1859837 6-Sep-2017 17:38
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RUKI:

 

Just got the info that EXPO will not have parking space for non EVs and you have to park on street wherever... I am extremely disappointed at those who organized that. Entire pitch of Expo is to promote EV to non-eve owners. FYI: parking at the show is only for EV! Not even for hybrids or ICE owners who might be dreaming about buying EVs. I am loosing interest to the event orginized like that. Parking your car in Manurewa area for entire day on road? Really?

 



Dominic (one of the organisers) says it was in an email to exhibitors and was an attempt to maximise parking spaces for visitors. 

So...take your car if you're not an exhibitor. 





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  Reply # 1859838 6-Sep-2017 17:39
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RUKI:

 

Just got the info that EXPO will not have parking space for non EVs and you have to park on street wherever... I am extremely disappointed at those who organized that. Entire pitch of Expo is to promote EV to non-eve owners. FYI: parking at the show is only for EV! Not even for hybrids or ICE owners who might be dreaming about buying EVs. I am loosing interest to the event orginized like that. Parking your car in Manurewa area for entire day on road? Really?

 

 

Any reason given for this?  Is it just that they need all the room for the NZ record attempt?

 

I have no idea of how much parking there is at this venue so I have no idea if they would have enough room for the record attempt as well as offer some parking for non-EVs.

 



It's a big area,  but there may be two other events on at the same time....

Dominic (one of the organisers) says it was in an email to exhibitors and was an attempt to maximise parking spaces for visitors. 

So...take your car if you're not an exhibitor. 

It will be the usual Auickland story: Go early or take your chances later. 





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  Reply # 1859839 6-Sep-2017 17:43
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I really like the look of that charging cowl for our at home charging situation which will be visible from the street.  Thanks.

 

PS:

 

Any other extras that a noob like me might be interested in?  We asked for a parcel tray for our S model... hopefully they can give us an upholstery colour match from one of the other cars on the lot.

 

The head unit in the car we're buying doesn't work (found that our an hour ago - discovered during compliance apparently), but I had intended on replacing it with (hopefully) an Android Auto compatible head unit.  Anyway, got $250 knocked off car price.

 

 


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  Reply # 1859919 6-Sep-2017 19:22
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...... You can buy a charging cowl to lock in place when charging your car. It mainly prevents people from easily tampering with your charging plug...

 

 

I have been testing Traction Battery for someone who bought it from wreck today. Photos on FB page. High Voltage Orange cables was cut !!! Nothing would prevent idiots from cutting Leaf Charging Cable if they think it worth few bucks for copper scrap yard. 





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