2012 Nissan LeafEnlarge Photo
Carwings isn’t aware of broken, missing charging stations
While Nissan’s Carwings system for the Nissan Leaf, may be a useful way of keeping track of your car’s state of charge from your smartphone, it isn’t so great at tracking charging stations.
On more than one occasion, we’ve arrived at a location recommended by Carwings as being suitable for charing our Leaf to find out that it is either broken, missing, or not publicly available.
It isn’t exactly Nissan’s fault. At the moment there isn’t a centralized charging station database that can track if charging stations are broken. And while many charging stations listed in Carwings have appropriate contact details for the organization or location providing charging, we don’t like having to ring ahead every time we want to charge somewhere new.
Uk, 2011 Nissan Leaf
Uk, 2011 Nissan LeafEnlarge Photo
Over the past 11,000 miles, we’ve got used to the 2011 Nissan Leaf’s good and bad points. While our car has never broken down, we’ve had to make use of two tow trucks after arriving at charging stations to find that the charging stations weren’t working.
So far, we’ve been able to learn how to drive the car to get the best range, and how to ignore its schizophrenic range prediction system in favor of its state-of-charge battery gauge.
We’ll be watching carefully as winter sets in to see just how well our non winter-package Leaf performs over the coming months, and we’ll be sure to share with you.