Video: Nissan – This is How You Optimize LEAF Range


If you like British accents, pinching pennies and the Nissan LEAF, then this video is for you!

Eco Mode Button on Steering wheel. B mode on the shifter.

Eco Mode Button on Steering wheel. B mode on the shifter.

Nissan of Great Britain has just released a video detailing the “eco” changes to the 2013 LEAF.  Although auto enthusiasts might want to relabel the “eco mode”  to “neutered mode,” we welcome this choice, as it makes the LEAF even more economical.  And who isn’t trying to save money, with the holidays right around the corner?

Discussed in the video is the “b-mode,” which activates what Nissan calls “amplified braking”, meaning “the LEAF will slow down quicker when you release the accelerator.”  This is yet one more choice for LEAF owners looking to drive as efficiently as possible.

Of note: These two modes are independent of each other.  Splendid!

The only letdown I could find in this video is that the narrator didn’t use the opportunity to slip in the word “al-u-minium.” Because, as you know, any vehicle that takes advantage of al-u-minum is superior to one that does not.

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Hum… while the accent is British, filming and production appears to have been done in France with a left-hand drive LEAF. (even websites deprecated contain French content)

I was hoping for some real world tips, not this cheesy video. I also cringe a little when it’s suggested that more aggressive regenerative braking will automatically extend your range. That’s only true in some situations. In others, it’s far better to simply coast.

Correct. In my stop-and-go traffic daily drive, I’ve gotten much better range from turning up the regenerative braking. In more relaxed situations, I can see how neutral coasting would work, but I still worry about taking my car “out of gear” in an emergency situation.

Nothing in this video that was really that useful. If they want to really tell people how to conserve range, tell them to slow down and take city streets instead of the freeway.

Wow, so the 2013 model has 2 buttons to control range-related behavior, vs. 1 in my 2012 model.

So… the big Q now is, whether the 2014 model will have 3, or 4? This way we’ll know which mathematical sequence Nissan intends to follow…

My dumbed-down version is to think of B-vs-D as “what happens when I step on the accelerator” and eco-vs-not as “what happens when I lift my foot off the accelerator”. In that vein, I wish the choices were in a single control, instead of one being a button on the steering wheel and another being a shift knob. Why not do something like have the shift knob’s left-vs-right be eco-vs-not, and forward-vs-back be more-vs-less regen? Neutral could then be in whatever diagonal corner is eco & less regen, or perhaps pressing down the whole shift knob instead of just the “P” button in the center.

You’ve got it backwards. B-vs-D controls “what happens when I lift my foot off the accelerator” and ECO-vs-D controls “what happens when I step on the accelerator”.

Thanks for the correction Brian. Had it straight in my brain, but backwards in the text. Sorry about that.

It’s widely unnoticed, but using Neutral really helps with coasting at higher speeds on the motorway. It’s possible to control the speed of the car by flicking in and out of D, B and N, or D, ECO, N for 2011-12 models. This can apply to all electric and hybrid cars and I’ve heard it even done wonders for Hyper-miler Prius drivers.

The best way to raise range is to push the Car Flintstones style to save the battery for those steep hill climbs.

Tsk. Cody, the first time you spelled it, you gave it the (in context) proper British spelling of “aluminium”, but the second time, you gave it the American spelling.

Of note: The base model LEAF (S) does not have “B” mode, even with the 6kW charger upgrade. You have to buy a SL or SV to get “B” mode. I wonder if they will add it to the 2014?