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Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:27 pm

Well, my travel plans today have me a little nervous, but I'm locked into this. Today I'm scheduled to go from San Diego to Oceanside and back...approximately 74 highway miles. I'm going on Eco, 60mph and no CC. I thought about going up early and charging at Mossy Nissan Oceanside, but it would take me out of my way by about 8 miles and I could only charge there for about an hour. So that seems like a wash because I would probably only make back about 8 miles during that hour.

I'll be in the Oceanside Pier area. Does anyone know of a parking lot or garage with access to a 120 outlet that I could trickle charge with?

I'm feeling nervous, but we'll see what happens. Hopefully this thread doesn't turn into a "I should have known better" story!

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Re: Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:49 pm

You can do it...As the Nissan Western Regional EV Manager Tom Miller told us at Fontana when we were picking up our Leafs and driving back to San Diego (111 miles), "it's all about wind resistance". He was right...And we made it....Picked up 18 miles of charge in Temecula and had 19 miles left on the range-o-meter when arriving at home.

You can always get off the freeway and slow down by taking the coastal route if you think it will be an issue...

Best of luck,

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Re: Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:15 pm

With a 100% charge, I did a 93 mile round trip of mostly freeway driving at 60 mph with hills. No climate control or radio but with headlights lights on the way back. I still had a bar left at the end. I find hills use up a lot of energy though.
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Re: Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:17 pm

91040 wrote:With a 100% charge, I did a 93 mile round trip of mostly freeway driving at 60 mph with hills. No climate control or radio but with headlights lights on the way back. I still had a bar left at the end. I find hills use up a lot of energy though.
Woah. Alot of coasting I presume?
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Re: Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:39 pm

If you haven't made the trip yet, keep this in mind:

There are subtle altitude changes in San Diego that will give you better mileage heading north than when you're heading south....so don't get to Oceanside with extra juice and think you can squander that on the way back!! You will use less power heading north than you will heading south.

I know. I drive from Oceanside to Miramar every day. 5-6 bars getting to Miramar, 4 bars to get back to Oceanside. :geek:

Good luck!
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Re: Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:47 pm

cddub- The trip was from Mission Hills via the 210, the 2 (with that beautiful downhill), the 5 to the 110 to the 105, off at Hawthorne to Manhattan Beach Blvd to Aviation Blvd. Trip back was up Aviation to Rosecrans, onto the 405 to the 118, 210 ending in Sunland. (Don't you love LA!) I was driving very gently and smoothly. Yes, I was getting nervous towards the end.

RevBrent- A very strong second to what jimmydreams just posted. Being about a 1000' higher than LA proper, energy usage on the way home is much higher on the way back.
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Re: Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:50 pm

Jimmydreams wrote:If you haven't made the trip yet, keep this in mind:

There are subtle altitude changes in San Diego that will give you better mileage heading north than when you're heading south....so don't get to Oceanside with extra juice and think you can squander that on the way back!! You will use less power heading north than you will heading south.

I know. I drive from Oceanside to Miramar every day. 5-6 bars getting to Miramar, 4 bars to get back to Oceanside. :geek:

Good luck!
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Re: Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:00 pm

Jimmydreams wrote:If you haven't made the trip yet, keep this in mind:

There are subtle altitude changes in San Diego that will give you better mileage heading north than when you're heading south....so don't get to Oceanside with extra juice and think you can squander that on the way back!! You will use less power heading north than you will heading south.

I know. I drive from Oceanside to Miramar every day. 5-6 bars getting to Miramar, 4 bars to get back to Oceanside. :geek:

Good luck!
I know that drive well, I did it for about 4 years. Just out of curiosity, what speed are you going on this drive? I would think that it would take more than 5 - 6 bars if you were going at the same speed as everyone else, if there was no traffic delay.
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Re: Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:25 pm

AmarilloLeaf wrote:
Jimmydreams wrote:If you haven't made the trip yet, keep this in mind:

There are subtle altitude changes in San Diego that will give you better mileage heading north than when you're heading south....so don't get to Oceanside with extra juice and think you can squander that on the way back!! You will use less power heading north than you will heading south.

I know. I drive from Oceanside to Miramar every day. 5-6 bars getting to Miramar, 4 bars to get back to Oceanside. :geek:

Good luck!
I know that drive well, I did it for about 4 years. Just out of curiosity, what speed are you going on this drive? I would think that it would take more than 5 - 6 bars if you were going at the same speed as everyone else, if there was no traffic delay.
I drive between 60-65mph, with no charging ability at work. :cry:
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Re: Nervous about this trip, but locked into it..

Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:44 am

Your "Plan B" (for greater comfort) would be to identify an available charging station or two down within about 10 or 20 miles of your house.

For your "first" (long trip), keep your speed under 60.

Have a good trip! :D
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