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Published on July 29th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

Video: Nissan LEAF Goes Well Beyond “Empty”

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July 29th, 2014 by  

Robert Llewellyn is an English actor, comedian, and unabashedd EV fan, going so far as to star in his own electric car show, Fully Charged. His latest episode focuses on his Nissan LEAF, which he finally decided to deliberately run totally out of battery. What happened though surprised even him.

Here in the U.S., the Nissan LEAF is officially rated at 73 miles of combined city and highway driving. Sounds like not a lot of range, but Llewellyn claims that in 41,000 miles of driving, he’s never come close to a fully depleted battery. After going beyond the official range though, Llewellyn got what he claimed was the opposite of range anxiety, wanting the car to run out of charge. In fact, he would end up going about 91 miles on a single charge at a respectable speed, with the LEAF slowly losing power until the actor happily proclaiming “I’ve got nothing left!”

Watch the video for yourself if you want to watch a grown man get way too excited about his car running out of fuel.

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A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or esle, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • Roger Pham

    I sure hope that the Leaf inverter is programmed to cut off power to the motor when the voltage of the cells goes below 3 Volts to prevent irreversible damage to the battery. Nevertheless, battery cycle life will be reduced with each discharge cycle below 20% SOC!

    • Offgridman

      “If inverter is programmed to cut off power?”
      With the manufacturer’s still dealing with the idea of ‘range anxiety’ and not wanting to have to replace these expensive batteries under warranty I think that could be pretty much taken as a given.
      What this made me wonder is if he had turned it off for a couple of hours to let the battery cool off if when turned back on there would have been the few miles to get him to home or garage. As you see with so many other types of batteries that are used until ‘dead’ after a rest they come back with a little surge.
      It seems that the companies are allowing plenty of percentage after empty in the EV’s (22 of 71 miles) as compared to the gas cars. In my own it is roughly ten percent of total miles possible when the ‘get gas now’ light comes on after gauge stays on E for awhile. But running a battery totally empty is going to cause a lot more damage than doing so to a gas tank.
      Now do we have any takers on trying this in a Model S? Am very curious as to what the total possible mileage is in the 85 Kwh battery. Have seen a couple of YouTube videos where the total recharge time takes less than what is predicted when they are run down to ‘empty’ or the 280-290 mile range. Can’t help but wondering how far they can actually go.
      Anyone still in warranty willing to give this a try. EV fans are wanting to know.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Concern troll.

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