On a soggy afternoon this past Friday in San Diego during the Nissan’s Drive Electric Tour, a very wet, yet resilient Nissan representative talks about Eco-mode. A function designed to maximize the range of the LEAF when extended journeys are required by the driver.
This wet weather warrior explains the Eco-mode’s function as being twofold. First to “get you to accelerate less quickly,” and secondly to increase the heaviness/efficiency of the regen brakes, enabling more power to flow back into the LEAFs batteries, while also adjusting the output of power that is being used by the heating and air conditioning.
Additionally, the representative mentioned that whenever the LEAF gets within 25 miles of the expected range of the battery “the LEAF will automatically bring up the available charging stations within that 25 mile radius…so it will tell you where to get a charge when you get down on range.”
The high point of the ‘walk and talk’ for me was when someone out of the crowd asks if the range will still be 100 miles in Eco-mode, and you can tell he thinks so…but he isn’t really sure. Which, I guess means the hired hands for Nissan are still not 100% up on the literature (despite this being the 3rd stop on the tour) because he answers, “Yeah, still. But, it will probably be more.” /thanks a pant-load Chet
Unwilling to end this piece with a question mark, I can confirm that I have spoken to Nissan’s Director of Product Planning, Mark Perry about the subject and he backed up the rep by saying, “…stronger regen and softer pedal response, plus modulates the auto HVAC temp setting” is the basis of the mode, which leads to “saving a few kW(h)s…10% more than normal,” effectively giving it a 110 mile range (EPA LA-4) if the mode was toggled on from a full charge.
(Video: Bright Side of News)
If you enjoyed that video, you may also find this ditty on the iPhone App entertaining as well: