Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Los Angeles area
Interesting range observation
I find that the range drops steadily coming off a full change but once we get down to 70 miles the rate of decreasing range tends to slow down. I try to plan my charging and not be a perpetual top-off kind of owner.
I had forgotten to charge the night before and I had a drive the nest day to a property about 35 miles away, which means a round trip of about 70 miles. My range indicator said I had 82 miles and I've heard our range is actually very conservative and we can go 10-20 miles more even when the range shows zero. I decided this would be a good mental exercise to reduce rangexiety so with a mere 12 miles (82 - 70) I went on my way.
When I arrive at my destination, I had a range remaining of some 46 miles (there were some hills to get to the location) and so I figured I could easily make it back. What can I say, I guess I like to live dangerously, eh? So I started my drive back, popped it into Eco and deliberately opted for no heat, no fan and even kept the volume lower on the radio LOL. I kept speed reasonable, accelerated gradually and drove conservatively.
Everything was going fine. The GPS navigation originally told me I'd arrive with 1% but it updated to 2% and then 3% (guess I caught a nice tailwind, lol). What I noticed is when I hit about 25 miles the range started getting sticky; I would travel about 2 miles to drop only 1 miles. Then the odd thing happened: at about 8 miles away from my home (and about 22 miles left on the range) I hit really bad traffic. So get this: rolling at a speed of 5-10 miles per hour found me going 4 miles with no drop in range! I've experienced this before when I had a higher range but also in traffic....these cars seemingly nibble the micro-volts when you're barely moving! Even going up a fairly steep hill the 5-10 mph takes a minimal toll out of the range!
I completed the last 8 miles and made it home with about 14 miles on the range. It would have been higher but once I realized I had plenty of range, I started to get jiggy with a Corvette and rather raced the rest of the way home. But yeah, if you ever get hit with close-call on range, definitely drop the speed way down and suddenly you're moving with almost no change in range!