Re: Poway to Julian, California; 81 miles, 6700 feet gain
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:31 am
Now that you have made multiple trips proving the 50% rate of recovery of ascent energy on your range chart is way off, will you please correct it? It looks to me like you get close to the 80% reported by several others.TonyWilliams wrote:Made my second trip to Julian...
Completed the trip with 85 miles at VLB. So, almost 90 miles of range.
If I had seen your range chart, and believed it, I would probably not have purchased a LEAF, as I would have been mislead to believe it unsuited to my driving range requirements.
I also expect that if you try the same trip entirely in ECO, you will find that there are negligible improvement in efficiency (if any) from shifting into D and N. The longer drive, re-posted below, with similar (?) ascent/descent (how did you calculate your total?-the profile you posted does not seem to match 6,700 ft) was done entirely in ECO.
Several recent posts on this thread saying hills limit their range, suggest the same underestimate of energy ascent recovery, as is shown in the range chart. Most of the energy used in climbing, will be recovered, as long as you return to the same altitude you started from.
In fact, I think most all those who regularly drive their LEAFs with large ascents and descents, have found similar ratios of ascent energy recovery that I have, about 80%, rather than the 50% shown in the range chart...
My longest range drive, over 92 miles to just past VLBW, on a hot summer day averaging about 40 mph, was a two way trip on the road profile below, with the first few (left of profile) miles repeated several times at the end, for a total ascent/descent of between 5,000 and 5,500 ft...
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