Nissan LEAF Featured In Fully DisCharged!

Nissan LEAF in the UK

JUL 18 2014 BY MARK KANE 13

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Robert Llewellyn finally started his long-awaited new series Fully DisCharged, in which he will present all the plug-in models available on the market today totally stranded on the side of the road… or maybe not.

This is just an experimental “special” of the Fully Charged series, which just so happens to be discharged.

After 41,000 miles in Nissan LEAF without even a turtle (low battery warning), Robert yearned to see one so that he knows exactly what happens when the last electrons leave the battery pack:

“A Fully Discharged Special where I drive my Nissan Leaf until it stops. The first time in 41,000 miles that I have ‘run out.'”

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David Murray

Basically the same story I’ve heard countless times on forums. Once the 3 dashes pop up, you can still drive several miles. I usually hear anecdotes of 3 or 4 miles. In Robert Llewellyn’s case he got 7.

Scott Franco





Micke Larsson

Turtles are reptiles of the order Chelonii or Testudines characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. Turtle may refer to the chelonian order as a whole (American English) or to fresh-water and sea-dwelling chelonians (British English).

The order Chelonii or Testudines includes both extant (living) and extinct species. The earliest known turtles date from 220 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups and a more ancient group than lizards, snakes or crocodiles. Of the many species alive today, some are highly endangered.

Turtles are ectotherms—their internal temperature varies according to the ambient environment, commonly called cold-blooded. However, because of their high metabolic rate, leatherback sea turtles have a body temperature that is noticeably higher than that of the surrounding water.

Turtles are classified as amniotes, along with other reptiles (including birds) and mammals. Like other amniotes, turtles breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water.


Micke Larsson

Or you could just do an image search on google for nissan leaf turtle. 🙂


Haha @Mikael.

More usefully, when EV drivers refer to “turtle”, they are talking about the icon that appears on the dash, alerting the driver that the power output of the car is nearly zero, so the computers have reduced non-essential system’s power to help get you those extra few miles.


Drive 100 miles and find out!


Are there any videos of someone doing this in a Volt? Running out of battery, and gas? We’ve heard that it will go another 5 miles on battery after that.

Josh Bryant

I ran a lot of these experiments on my own (with a lot less planning than him). I would use my very long commute (66 miles) to test out how the LEAF performed on range.

Driving home, I would drive as fast as needed to kill the range down to progressively lower levels while trying to conserve at the end to at least try to get to my driveway.

My success was tons of times driving at —. My failure was never getting to turtle mode 🙁 It really is harder to kill a LEAF than it seems. It gave me lots of confidence when driving to new destinations.

Joshua Burstyn

This is quite helpful information, actually. My wife wants an EV to match the one we have but the Leaf is more practical and usable for her. She was concerned about range and determining how much life is left the battery once it reads near zero. 🙂


I was at 9 when the GOM switched to dashes. Now I just plan never to get down to 10 on the GOM. I have 100 miles, minus the 10 I never go below, so I tell folks they can get 90 city miles from the 2014 LEAF, 80 miles 65mph interstate.

James C. Kelly

going to buy one after more improvements are made


I don’t understand the point of these articles. What do you think will happen? Magic Fairy Dust will carry the car home? Duh, it stops just like a gasoline engine. No energy, no propulsion – it’s as simple as that. In two years and 53k kilometers I’ve only drained the battery once. It stopped in an intersection, some nice person helped me push it to a parking lot. There was an electrical outlet nearby and I plugged in for awhile. Motor on.