Hunter: I took the new corolla hybrid out for a test drive.
One of things I did was to see how long the battery can power the aircond.
So I parked up with fully charged battery, engine not running and aircond full blast.
It lasted approxmately 6 to 7 minutes before the engine cuts in.
Not sure what was left in battery, but was pretty low then.
The inside is like a fridge by then.
If I am not wrong it uses a Nimh battery about 1.6 Kwh
So if we extrapolated from that, with a 40kwh Leaf battery...
That was certainly a very interesting result! The battery capacity of this hybrid is pretty low, so I can understand why the battery went flat so quickly, but it shows that the effect on range of air conditioning needs to be understood by EV owners!