Cdub, I drove my LEaf up the Angeles Crest today, started with almost a full charge and went up to MT Lowe (Almost to Mt Wilson) before turning around, heading back to the Angeles Forest hwy, cruising over to the Big Tujunga turnoff, and then going back the way we came. I got back home with 5 bars of charge remaining, started with one down, so it cost me about 6 bars to go 50 miles with a large amount of elevation shift. I have found that ten miles per bar is pretty average and I have done 85 with the AC on up the 2 from the 134 to the 210. The more you get to know the car the more you will trust it. I live a ways up the hill in Altadena, so I don't like to charge to 100%. Might just as well gain energy going down the hill. With an 80% charge the "range" meter says 62 miles, but by the time I get to the freeway it is reading upwards of eighty. I have also found that using eco mode only to slow the vehicle and a light foot in drive mode is actually more efficient.You still regen in drive mode, but you maintain or gain speed going downhill - so let it coast to a little over the speed limit, then eco mode it back down and at most stops. City driving is fine if you can maintain a constant speed, but eats up just as much energy as the freeway if you have a lot of stops. Best mileage in LA is in heavy traffic moving less than 65, so you can now enjoy traffic jams without worry - you are gaining charge while others are using gas.
26,000 miles on Silver Leaf
wildcatzoo.org drive there on Sunday across a big mountain, sorry no public charging at this time.
Looking for grants to put in solar port so perhaps in the future...