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Old 08-28-2018, 10:47 AM   #23 (permalink)
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impressive EV range - easy to beat EPA

I got 39 miles / 63 km from a full charge to empty. Compare that to the official EPA range of 25 miles / 40 km.

  • Dry roads, warm weather (mid to upper-70's / mid-20's C).

  • ECO drive mode (dulls/smooths out throttle response);
  • EV mode (vs. 'EV Auto' mode, which may fire the gas engine sooner under higher loads);
  • A/C off, windows open;
  • Tire pressure at factory settings.

Driving techniques:

Basic eco-driving techniques -- this was no heroic hypermiling effort.
  • 100% sub/urban driving; max posted limit of 60 km/h = 37 mph;
  • Gradual acceleration (when not holding up following traffic);
  • Looking well ahead to pick the lane with the best flow to minimize speed changes;
  • Coasting to stops/turns as much as possible (when not holding up following traffic).
Note: I live in a sleepy little city with fairly laid-back drivers. I'd say about half the time I was accelerating/coasting, there was nobody close behind, so I could do my own thing.

With a bit more effort, I'm sure 70+ km / 44+ miles is doable in good conditions.
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