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Old 07-13-2010, 01:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Practical example with an Insight (since I don't have an EV): start by climbing up to Carson Pass (westbound) on Calif. 88, which is about 8500 ft. This will definitely drain the battery pack. Keep going west until you reach the valley floor, about 60 miles. You will have used very little gas - my trip mpg shows its 150 mpg max - and your batteries will be fully charged.

It's not a perfect test, since there are several upgrades where I need to use engine + assist, but I will repeatedly drain the pack on those upgrades, and recharge on the next downhill. So how does this happen, if regen doesn't work?
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