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Old 08-01-2017, 04:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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90 day: 37.45 mpg (US)

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I was too lazy to properly research charge times and rates, so just pulled some numbers out of thin air to show the concept. Real numbers would include more variables - temperature, wind, terrain, battery condition, traffic, etc.

Trip time vs driving speed is a series of curves, with a step change every time the number of recharges changes. Sometimes driving a little faster will increase trip time (55 vs 54 MPH). Calculating a few more cases between 60 MPH and 100 MPH will find a speed that gives the minimum possible trip time.

It's interesting how trip time stops improving when the number of recharges increases. Now, try to explain to the passengers that you are driving at the speed that gets you there as fast as possible while they are watching traffic fly by in the fast lane......
06 Canyon: The vacuum gauge plus wheel covers helped increase summer 2015 mileage to 38.5 MPG, while summer 2016 mileage was 38.6 MPG without the wheel covers. Drove 33,021 miles 2016-2018 at 35.00 MPG.

22 Maverick: Summer 2022 burned 62.74 gallons in 3145.1 miles for 50.1 MPG.
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