22 Feb '13, 5pm

Japan's Electric Taxis Falling Out Of Favor With Drivers

While important details are missing, it's probably safe to assume that the cab drivers wouldn't wait to hit the low battery warning, they would drive up to an L3 when they still had good amount of charge left. It's also unlikely that they were charging all the way to 100%, because the charge current tapers significantly towards the end. That said, there are other effects to consider as well. At the Phoenix range test last September, there were several LEAFs, which had lost disproportionate amount of range between 100% and the low battery warning. You would have to drive the car near empty for a while, to regain what you apparently have lost. It's as if the behavior of a degraded battery was different, and the gauges didn't work properly.

Full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1082483_japans-electr...

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