On a family vacation to Montgomery Bell State Park we stayed in a villa for the weekend. The State of Tennessee have made this park the first in a series of greener state parks. They have built villas which run most of the time on Geothermal energy. So I was able to charge up the LEAF with renewable energy.
The trip from our home to the State Park is about 60 Miles, well within range of the LEAF. We did get turned around due to Google Maps not identifying the location of the State Park Inn correctly, so we did an additional 5 miles until we found the correct way. There was about 15 miles range left when we parked at our villa. So the car has a full range of about 80 miles, which did include some interstate travel. The car was fully loaded with luggage and other supplies, so I was pleased with the range it did in a hilly region with A/C on all the way.
The Villa was in a hollow, so getting the vehicle close to an outlet wasn’t an option. A 100 foot extension cord did the trick. It is important when using extension cords to get a good gauge cord, 12 gauge or better otherwise there is a risk of melting the extension cord with 12 Amps being drawn for many hours. This is the first time I’ve done a full charge overnight with the 120v EVSE that came with the car. I didn’t expect the charge to complete until 8am the next day, but was pleasantly surprised to see it had already completed by 5am the next day. It seems it charged in 9 hours or less, a far cry from the 20 hours often quoted by those who wish to denigrate EV’s.
The villas at the park are very well appointed and we will certainly consider another stay. Book early, they can be booked up to a year in advance.