Lessons learnt from my first long road trip.
I have had the I Pace since mid-January 2019 and having solved most of the vexing problems (with malfunctioning and frozen screens, antenna changed, ACC not working and two dead 12v batteries), I have amassed 4000 miles and gained some confidence in the car. I decided to do a long trip this weekend and drove 290 miles from NC towards VA. I have learnt some important lessons and decided to summarize them.
I started on Friday evening and decided to make the first leg, for an overnight stay at a hotel, with a 190 mile drive ( normally 3 h), after fully charging the car at home to 247 miles range. Was driving in the ECO mode and was hoping to make the drive at one stretch, without a waypoint to charge. Booked at a Hotel which had a level 2 charger.
The drive was quite a nightmare. The navigation system decided to automatically plan a waypoint for charging at 117 miles. This charger did not exist, so I decided to drive on. Did not expect I would get multiple warnings to recharge, as the destination was supposed to be too far for the remaining battery reserve, as calculated by the cars software.
I now decided to drive in the Low power mode, so was without music and climate control. Next way point calculated by the car was in 69 miles to a CCS charger, which did not work! Drove on in the dark and made the last 12 miles with bated breath and reached the hotel with 10 miles left on the car reserve. I was thankful my wife was not with me as she has extreme range anxiety!
Turned out the hotel had only a Tesla charger, which I could use with a Tesla Tap adapter TeslaTap
Next morning I had charged to 80% and made the remaining 90 mile journey without a hitch. Spent the week end with my son and charged at a friendly Nissan Dealership on a level 2 charger up to 80%.
Having learnt my lesson, on my return journey during the day, I planned to make the 290 mile journey with two charging stops, which I chose by doing some research.
First leg started with a 80% charge drove 1h 30 min, 93.2 miles, avg. speed 62.0 mph, consumed 2.57 mi/kWh. Charged at a Greenlots CCS charger: Charged from 36% to 80% in 1:22:18. Energy delivered 43.90kWh. Cost $8.23.
Second leg started with 80% charge drove 1h 25 min, 89.8 miles, consumed 2.33 mi/kWh. Charged at an Electrify America 320 kW charger from 37% to 80% in 00:32: 52. Energy delivered 36.7kWh. Max Charging rate 93.6 kw. Total paid $11.59 -- Calculated $1 per session+ $.30/minute+ 6.75% sales tax.
Third leg with a 80% charge drove home, 1h 27 min, 92.6 miles, consumed 2.37 mi/kWh. Reached home with 30 % charge left.
An ICE car would have brought me home in 4.5 hours. This way with the I-Pace it took me exactly 7 hours, without any range anxiety.
Will not rely on the I Pace to choose a waypoint to charge I dont think they have enough updated software to get to the right station.
Love the Electrify America rapid DC chargers support them and hope they get many more.