Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Fort Lauderdale
I just returned from my first longer trip, up to Daytona from Ft. Lauderdale and back.
Some EA charge farms at Walmart Supercenters worked great for me. One around Port St. Lucie (tipped to me as Ft. Pierce, but actually one exit south of there), and the other in Ormond Beach just a few miles north of Daytona.
The first one I tried in PSL had a defective card reader (it gave me that error message but only after I'd hooked it up). I called through to customer service on the number displayed and got a quick answer, and advice to move to a different charger while still on the line. She stayed on until I got the next one up and running. They had a mix of 75kWh, 150kWh, and 350 kWh chargers. I used the latter each time, and my Jag app on the phone said I was getting a charge equal to 157 miles of extra range an hour, then 199 miles an hour, until at about 83% SOC, about 99 miles an hour. 1.x something kWhs per minute.
As a surprise to me, the hotel I stayed at had a level two charger with the standard connection (and a Tesla charger the next parking place over), in the basement parking garage. So I hooked up and topped up once I returned there from shorter trips. No other vehicles were ever in either spot, and it seemed to be a first come first served situation. They posted 'no parking-- will be towed' unless the auto was charging. I know I wasn't charging the full time I was parked there (as of a few hours into the night I would have been fully charged), but no problems.
I set the cruise control to go with the traffic, and that was about 80 mph. I was pre-warned about speed traps around Ft. Pierce, but the traffic slowed me down via the adaptive cruise control (they saw him and slowed down, so I did also). It worked flawlessly and it reduced fatigue a lot. I also got to notice the car icon (showing the following distance) go up and down, and get larger and smaller, in the HUD. If it was far enough ahead, it simply didn't register anything, and I'm guessing that's 10 car lengths or more out.
Once, when the HUD was showing the tracked car at the top of the display range and at its smallest, it seemed to jump up and down a bit. Maybe that was a trick of the eye, or almost getting out of range but getting back in. It was not repeated. The 'my EV' screen showed about 41.5 kWh per 100 miles averaging that kind of speed, and I think that's close to correct.
2019 I-Pace 400EV HSE First Edition
Corris Grey - Ebony/Ebony