NISSAN LEAF 2013 1.G Owner's Guide
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BEFORE DRIVING YOUR VEHICLE
(MODELS WITH NAVIGATION
The Li-ion battery charging status and the Li-ion
battery warmer operation can be checked using
an internet enabled smart phone or personal
computer at home. You may also choose to have
SMS messages (text messages) sent to a cellular
phone. Additionally, the heater and air condi-
tioner of the vehicle can be set to operate using
the Climate Ctrl. Timer function or A/C-heater
remote function, if necessary. SeeRemote cli-mate control
in theHeater and air conditioner
To check the Li-ion battery charging sta-
tus or to use the remote heater and air
conditioner using an internet enabled
smart phone or personal computer, the
following conditions must be met: – The vehicle must be located in a cellu- lar phone or smart phone coverage
area. – The internet enabled cellular phone or
smart phone must be located in a cel-
lular phone or smart phone coverage
– The computer must be connected to the internet.
– A cellular phone must be used to com- municate with the vehicle.
– A cellular phone capable of text mes- saging must be used to receive text
message regarding vehicle charge sta-
The remote heater and cooler can adjust
the in-cabin temperature.
When the charge connector is discon-
nected from the vehicle, the heater and air
conditioner operates using vehicle Li-ion
battery electric power.
If the remote heater and air conditioner
function and Li-ion battery charging are
performed at the same time, Li-ion battery
charging will take longer than usual due
to the power used to heat or cool the
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Checking Li-ion battery charging
The Li-ion battery charge status can be checked
on the NISSAN CARWINGS Data Center web-
site via an internet enabled smart phone or per-
sonal computer.If the Li-ion battery is not sufficiently charged, you
can start charging the Li-ion battery via the re-
mote charge function. See
Charging related re-
mote function in theCharging section.
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Operating the climate control system
The vehicle heating and air conditioning system
can be turned on via remote control with an
internet enabled smart phone or personal com-
puter.This allows the interior of the vehicle to be heated
or cooled while the vehicle is charging. This re-
duces the load on the Li-ion battery while the
vehicle is being driven and can help increase the
vehicle driving range. See
Remote climate con-
trol in the Heater and air conditioner systems
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Notification of the Li-ion battery
You can be notified the Li-ion battery warmer
operation on the NISSAN CARWINGS Data
Center website via an internet enabled smart
phone or personal computer.When the power switch is in the OFF position
and charge connector is not connected, if the
Li-ion battery warmer starts or stops, it notifies
you to connect the charger to the vehicle.
See LEAF Navigation System Owner’s Manual.
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STARTING YOUR VEHICLE
1. Depress the brake pedal.
2. Press the power switch.
3. Check that the READY to drive indicator lightilluminates and the start up sound is audible.
See Ready to drive indicator light in the
Instruments and controls section.
4. For models with navigation system: If route guidance is necessary, enter the destination
in the navigation system. See LEAF Naviga-
tion System Owner’s Manual. 5. Check the Li-ion battery level and the esti-
mated driving range shown on the meter. See
Driving range in theInstruments and con-
Before driving, compare the driving dis-
tance to the destination displayed on the
navigation screen with the estimated driv-
ing range shown on the meter. Determine
if it will be necessary to charge the Li-ion
battery before or while driving to your
planned destination (models with naviga-
tion system) .
If it is necessary to charge the Li-ion bat-
tery, use the navigation system to search
for available charging stations on your
planned driving route (models with navi-
gation system) .
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DRIVING THE VEHICLE
1. Depress the brake pedal.
2. Release the parking brake.
3. Move the selector lever into the D (Drive)position. When released, the selector lever
returns to its original center position. 4. Confirm that the vehicle is in the D (Drive)
position. The indicator next to the “D” by the
selector lever illuminates and “D” is displayed
on the meter.
5. Release the brake pedal.
6. Depress the accelerator pedal and start driving. There are following gear positions for driving the
Use the D (Drive) position for optimum driving
Use the B position for downhill driving. When the B position is used, more regenerative brake
is applied when the accelerator pedal is re-
leased in comparison to the D (Drive) position
(with navigation system) .
See Driving vehicle in theStarting and driving
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Use the ECO position for maximum vehicle range
and for city driving. The ECO position helps
reduce power consumption by reducing accel-
eration when compared to the same accelerator
pedal position in the D (Drive) position and re-
duces the power provided to the heating and air
Without navigation system model: When the
ECO position is used, more regenerative brake is
applied when the accelerator pedal is released in
comparison to the D (Drive) position.
The regenerative brake converts the vehi-
cle’s forward motion to electric power to
help slow the vehicle.While the vehicle is being driven you can check
your own ECO drive level on the ECO indicator.
ECO indicator in theInstruments and con-
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If the low battery charge warning light
illuminates, the Li-ion battery charge is too low for
travel. SeeEmpty light in theInstruments and
controls section. Charge the Li-ion battery as
soon as possible.
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Parking the vehicle
1. When stopping the vehicle, push the P (Park)position switch on the selector lever while
depressing the brake pedal. Confirm that the
vehicle is in the P (Park) position by checking
the shift indicator located near the selector
lever or on the dot matrix liquid crystal display. 2. Apply the parking brake.
3. Push the power switch to the OFF position.
4. If a parking lot is equipped with charging
facilities, charge the Li-ion battery as neces-
sary. See Chargesection.