NISSAN LEAF 2015 1.G Owner's Guide
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•Less deceleration is provided by the re-
generative brake system when the Li-ion
battery is fully charged. Regenerative
brake is automatically reduced when the
Li-ion battery is fully charged to prevent
the Li-ion battery from becoming over-
charged. Regenerating brake is also auto-
matically reduced when the battery tem-
perature is high/low (indicated by the red/
blue zones on the Li-ion battery
temperature gauge) to prevent Li-ion bat-
• The brake pedal should be used to slow or
stop the vehicle depending on traffic or
road conditions. The vehicle brakes are
not affected by regenerative brake system
operation.NOISE AND VIBRATION
You might experience the following noise or vi-
bration as a normal characteristic of this vehicle.
• Traction motor noise from motor compartment.
• Water pump and radiator fan noise while charg-
• Compressor and radiator fan noise when the Climate Ctrl. Timer or remote climate control
(models with navigation system) is used.
• Relay operation noise and vibration at start-up and shut-down of the EV (Electric Vehicle) sys-
tem (power switch placed in the ON and OFF
• Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP) . This section provides a brief explanation for the
most important LEAF functions. Refer to the spe-
cific sections of this manual for detailed explana-
tions of the vehicle features and operation.
CHARGING THE LI-ION BATTERY
The EV (Electric Vehicle) system uses a
high voltage current. Failure to follow the
proper handling instructions may cause
serious injury or death. Be sure to read
the “Charge” section and follow the pro-
cedures and guidelines described.
LIFE WITH AN EV (SCENE 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. See “Remote cli-
mate control” in the “Display screen, heater, air
conditioner, audio and phone systems” section.
•To check the Li-ion battery charging status
or to use the remote heater and air condi-
tioner using an internet enabled smart
phone or personal computer, the follow-
ing conditions must be met:
– The vehicle must be located in a cellu- lar phone or smart phone coverage
– The internet enabled cellular phone or smart phone must be located in a cel-
lular phone or smart phone coverage
area. – The computer must be connected to
– 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 the “Charging” 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 “Display screen, heater, air condi-
tioner, audio and phone systems” section.
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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 the “Instruments 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 shift lever into the D (Drive) position.When released, the shift 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
shift 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 the “Starting and driving”
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Use the ECO position for maximum vehicle range
and for city driving. The ECO position helps re-
duce power consumption by reducing accelera-
tion when compared to the same accelerator
pedal position in the D (Drive) position.
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.
See “ECO indicator” in the “Instruments and
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