I believe Gerry gave instructions in his previous post on how to activate the HVAC while plugged in.Deolloz wrote: Second, what happens when the the car is active and "on," and I plug it straight in? Will it turn off? Could use this as a method of cooling the cars temperature before getting into it, and thereby using less of the battery power to do that?
Couple of questions
Can you park in a consistently shaded area?
What are the battery temp gauges on LeafSpy reading?
How many GIDS do you have when fully (~90%) charged?
Can you charge consistently over night when cool(er)?
I'd recommend you charge to the 90% simply because your range is so limited - get all you can out of it when needed.
During this hot season, I'm using about 3.5 to 3.7 GIDs per mile with A/C and moderate driving speeds. This of course will vary, but I've found the best accuracy for range (when really tight), is to use the starting GIDs, assume you can go to at least 10 GIDs before you hit "turtle"(leave a little safety factor!) . Give this a try. I'll likely be in your situation in a couple of years!