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Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:42 pm
by LEAFfan
TonyWilliams wrote:I used the hyper accurate technique of driving 15mph, then 10mph, noting no significant difference, and proclaiming the middle, 12.5mph.
Oh, I see! I understand now. Thanks for making that clearer. :D

Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:44 pm
by abasile
Stoaty wrote:
abasile wrote:But I'm not convinced that impeding the flow of traffic is worthwhile just for the sake of saving some kWh.
I agree 100% and never impede the flow of traffic. However, here is my definition of impeding the flow of traffic, and what is not impeding the flow of traffic (although others may not like it) ...
Thank you for the explanation. Actually, when I need to stretch the range of the LEAF, I drive in what seems to be a very similar manner. And I generally feel no obligation to exceed the posted speed limit unless I am in the HOV lane, which I haven't yet used in the LEAF. Over the years, I've annoyed more than a few drivers by sticking to the speed limit. So you can't please everybody. It is pretty cool that you're able to maintain such high efficiency. But it can also be cool to smoke ICE cars at times. :mrgreen:

Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:48 pm
by Herm
abasile wrote: But I'm not convinced that impeding the flow of traffic is worthwhile just for the sake of saving some kWh. I'm not just saying this because of "haters" out there. At this point, we are the ambassadors for a new way of driving, using electricity. Some of us, like my family with our Christian-themed license plate frames, use our cars to promote other causes as well.
You could impede traffic and use reverse psychology, put on some atheist bumper stickers or perhaps pro Obama propaganda.. save the Planet and America at the same time!

Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:08 am
by JPWhite
TomT wrote:My goal is to be at the absolute bottom of the list in Carwings, drive as hard and as fast as I can, use maximum A/C, and always arrive home with as low a battery as possible! :lol:
I agree, the car is for DRIVING, not tree hugging.

OK Let's compare

For August I'm ranked 2,604

How low can you go? :ugeek:

Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:17 am
by TomT
Or "Nuke Newt", depending on which side of the political fence you stand on... Maybe some of each to be equal opportunity...

[quote="Herm"put on some atheist bumper stickers or perhaps pro Obama propaganda.. save the Planet and America at the same time![/quote]

Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:26 am
by TomT
After a careful, scientific, and very detailed experiment, I found that I use the least battery power when the car is Off. I now plan to only use the car downhill and in that mode, and then have it towed back up. Extensive number crunching shows that I may be able to achieve 100 M/KwH using this new and exciting mode of driving! :lol:
TonyWilliams wrote:I used the hyper accurate technique of driving 15mph, then 10mph, noting no significant difference, and proclaiming the middle, 12.5mph.

Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:26 am
by PhatBoyG
Meh, driving this slow just makes annoying "big-car" owners hate EV's and trash talk them. I drive in traffic, and I pull 80 KW at stop lights to show "Mr. Big Car Tiny Weanie" that EV's can get up and go.

And for August, our Leaf was ranked 1,003. :)

If I -really- need more range, I just drive smarter on surface streets instead of pulling 75 on the highway.

Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:03 am
by Stoaty
TomT wrote:After a careful, scientific, and very detailed experiment, I found that I use the least battery power when the car is Off. I now plan to only use the car downhill and in that mode, and then have it towed back up. Extensive number crunching shows that I may be able to achieve 100 M/KwH using this new and exciting mode of driving! :lol:
I may have to add that to my list at #14. Thanks for contributing an advanced technique! ;)

Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:08 am
by thankyouOB
i am not worried about being a missionary for EVs when I drive, though it occurs to me on occasion when I stick to the speed limit.

I drive a very similar gas-saving way in my stick shift ICE. Lots of coasting and hot driving only when necessary or I need a different kind of amusement.
Mostly, I am concerned about not wasting energy, whatever the source. Accordingly, I steam quietly inside when I ride with the kids or my wife at the wheel. they like to get to the stop lights fast and wait, and use the brakes.

I dont do bumper stickers, and am always curious about those who do, especially folks who want to advise me about their religious preferences and perfections.
I was always taught to respect the freedom of religion, which includes, to me, the freedom from religion. I understand some faith-based folks (not limited to xtians) are required and revel in trying to convert me and everyone else.

Re: Stoaty's Guide to Energy Efficient Driving of the Leaf

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:35 am
by TonyWilliams
JPWhite wrote: I agree, the car is for DRIVING, not tree hugging.

When I first started driving the car, I did the same. But since my typical day stretches the range limit of the car, it's easier to conserve than wait around in the middle of the day for a charge.