Join Date: May 2018
Location: Norco, California, USA
My ICE cars started guessing at the range about the year 2000? I know my 2002 Corvette had a Guess O Meter. My 2004 pickup had tons of information like that, including instant fuel economy, average fuel economy, range, business miles, personal miles a/b, fuel remaining in gallons, etc. Corvettes and pickups vary MUCH more on range than EVs do.
If you trust the WLTP, the I-Pace goes 290 miles. If I drive it 'like a Jaguar' I get about 200 miles. That is, with no concern whatsoever about range. I don't drive on public roads at 80+ mph simply because I like to relax, and I can't if I'm looking for cops. But I do floor it quite often. Unlike ICE cars, flooring an EV doesn't hurt as much. Gas cars use Fuel Enrichment tables to provide good acceleration, and at night, you can often see smoke coming out the tailpipe of a performance car who floors it. That's unburned fuel. There is no such thing as unburned electrons or 'running rich'.
That's not to say a gentle foot won't improve your efficiency in an EV, or a gasoline car. There is just a bigger penalty if you must overfuel the engine to achieve throttle response.
I remember when GM performance cars with manual transmissions had a Skip Shift function. If you leave a light easy, it locks out 2nd and 3rd, forcing you into 4th gear to assist economy. How crazy was that?
Hotrodding in an urban environment is one of the joys of an EV. No drama to attract cops, and no big economy hit either. Certainly no 'skip-shift'.
Jaguar i-Pace FE Photon Red 20" wheels, "Leaper"
Two Chevrolet Volts in service
24.2 kW x 480v 3ph solar array self-installed.
Last edited by McRat; 03-21-2019 at 11:00 PM.