Jimmydreams wrote: evnow wrote:
oakwcj wrote:I asked this question earlier in the thread without response, so I'll try again: I assume these estimates are based on the "D" setting and not on ECO mode. Is this assumption correct? If so, how much extra range can be squeezed out of ECO mode?
D & Eco don't matter that in - what matters to a certain extent is whether you are being careful with acceleration & braking. May be Eco mode helps there somewhat, personally I've not found any difference in m/kwh I get.
I think of it like this: ECO will maximize your range
if you have little idea of how to do it yourself. If you already know how to maximize an EV's range
, D works just as well and will get the same results.
I have to disagree, Eco mode will actually decrease your range
in many situations. The slowing you recieve when in ECO mode may force you to use power that you would not have to use if you were in D, or N. I want to call ECO Retard mode, in that it retards your performance. The regen you get from ECO is great when you are going to stop, but it is destructive if you are trying to maintain speed. You will never regain the same amount of energy you are using to get up to speed, but eco mode trys to regain as much as possible whenever it can. In D the retardation is not as great, so many will see better performance while using the same amount of energy. Watch the energy usage graph and use less than 20KWH when starting in D, gain speed to 40, and then go to Neutral and see how far you can go for free. If you are on a slight downhill grade, you may even gain speed, (In ECO or D you will slow down unless you use energy) which you can then regain when you need to slow or stop. Using your foot to duplicate a Neutral is almost impossible. Try the same thing in ECO and I think you will see the difference, and start using ECO only for extra slowing power and regen. A light foot in D is pretty easy to do, and a whole lot more fun to drive. I use all three modes rather than trying to one foot it.