Up until now, the longest trip we have taken in "Effie" has been 40 miles. In winter temperatures and needing to use the heater, I have been hesitant to turn the car over to my wife for her 54 mile round trip commute. I don't want her to worry about range and I would like her to be able to use the climate control freely when she needs it without worrying about making it home.
This morning, my wife left on a planned trip that will stretch the range we have previously driven. Her first leg is 27 miles to her office for work. Second leg is 24 miles to my office to meet me and our kids to ride to a show in another car. Third leg is 13 miles home for a total of 64 miles. She left with a charge of 89 miles and a budget surplus of +25. Temperature was 56 degrees and it was raining. The car was pre-conditioned to 72 degrees. She is likely to need to use the defrost to keep the windshield clear, which will affect the budget surplus.
The trip my wife is on today is 10 miles longer than her daily commute. I hope that if Effie makes it home tonight with kWh to spare, my wife will feel fully confident in the car taking her on her regular 54 mile commute. We shall see.
1st Update: First leg, 27 miles to work completed. 53 miles range remaining. Budget surplus decreased by 9 miles to +16. I am guessing that when she turned the car off the heater was on, negatively affecting the range estimate. I'm curious to see the numbers when we meet after work this afternoon.
2nd Update: Second leg complete. 39 miles battery remaining with the final leg being only 13 miles to go. Budget surplus up to +26. My worries about range are fading away.
Last Update: Effie made it home with 23 miles to spare. The total trip was 61.3 miles, which is 3 miles less than what the navigation system predicted. 61 traveled + 23 surplus = 84 available range for today's driving and today's conditions. This is close to the 89 mile range she started with this morning and 8 miles more than the 76 mile range that is advertized.
My hope has been that my wife can easily make her 54 mile commute and do a couple of errands on the way home without worrying - or rather, without me worrying about her worrying about range. I think that today's trip should put both of our worries at rest. Now we can both sit back and just enjoy driving on electricity.
Last edited by Gigi
on Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:21 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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