So I took the Leaf Plus on a longer drive today. 215 miles from Skokie to Starved Rock outside Utica IL. We then went to Matthiason Park, then home. 215 miles in total. 40 Left in GOM with 13% on dash at the end if the drives. 13.5kWh left per Leafspy. Ambient started in mid 70's on way down and was 85-89 on way back. 4 adult size people (my kids are 18, 16, and 12 all fully sized). Total occupant weight about 620lbs. We also had a packed cooler, food, etc., maybe another 40lbs.
We ran at or above the speed limit the whole way (different than my SV+ test last year to Iowa city where I had to modulate speed significantly to keep 4.4 miles per kilowatt hour. We ran AC lightly on way day as it wasn't very hot. We arrived at 60% on the dash, and 4.6, pretty awesome considering 2nd half of drive is fully at 70 and above. The first half is 60 and 65 mph, but at times faster (or slower). Traffic was thick, but moving well so I am guessing we had some implicit drafting given how thick it was with cars and trucks.
Its about 5 miles to the freeway, and we had about 5 miles post freeway into Starved Rock. It was then another 4-5 miles to Matthiason Park.
Post some adventurous hiking, we headed back. Given i had such an amazing buffer (Leaving at 57% on the dash) I drove even faster in the way back until we hit a spot of slow traffic due to a rain storm for 5 miles. While it did slow us down, we were driving in the rain, so guessing that is an efficiency wash. We ran more AC on the way back given the heat and 4 sweaty occupants. Once cool, we turned up the temp to keep dehumidification, but reduce power a bit...though we had plenty.
Battery on the way down moved from low to 80s to touch 90 on arrival. On the way home it started at 88F ( close to ambient at that point) and arrived about 92. I had one long hard regen cycle that put nearly a degree on the battery, but prior it was sticking pretty well at 90F just a few degrees above ambient. I think as the car is more efficient, it doesn't heat the battery as much at high speeds.
I made stupid YouTube video with the leafspy shots. No worries about my future in the movie business.
We started with 282 on the GOM (i put some freeway miles on it to lower the GOM from the 300s prior to the trip). We ended with 215+13.5kWh or maybe 275 miles possible at 4.6. Not too bad!
The 3 legs were:
751 - 485 (266 used) gids 21671 watts used 104.4 miles 1 hour 55 minutes
485 - 474 (11 used) gids 855 watts used 3.7 miles
473 - 175 (299 used) gids 24339 watts used 106.9 miles 2:04 minutes. I drove home faster yet as I knew I had a buffer. Rain towards the end thwarted it.
Let me know your thoughts.