Totally agreed (though I'd like to see even more).Lopton wrote:There really are enough QC's now that there is a little redundancy. It's very nice.
I QC'd 5 times last week, including the two sessions on Sunday. I've been trying to only charge to the point I need, so none of my sessions has been more than 20 minutes long, because a) I don't want to stress my pack and b) I don't want to hold up anyone waiting behind me longer than absolutely necessary.
So getting back to a report on my Encinitas trip. Data collection got messed up a bit on the way down - unbeknownst to me, it turned out Naomi had arranged for us to transport two of her teenage grandchildren. This not only added added extra laden weight to the vehicle, it took us around 4 miles out of our way to go get them. We didn't, however, need to bring them back. So results on the return would be more in line with what would normally occur.
So, that said, here are the results:
% of Gids Gids Voltage
Leaving Home 76.5% 215 392v
SJC in (via detour) 38.4% 108 383.5v 34.5 miles leg (would have been 30.8 miles without the detour)
Charged for 20 minutes; consumed 6.7kWh; cost $5.07
SJC out 65.8% 185 387.5v
Encinitas freeway exit 24.9% 69 366v
Encinitas destination 21.7% 61 364.5v 36.7 miles leg
Total 71.2 miles. Used 82.2% of Gids
Encinitas destination 74% 208 391v
Encinitas freeway ramp 74% 208 391v
SJC in 40.5% 114 382v 36.4 miles leg
Charged for 10 minutes; consumed 3.7kWh; cost $2.60
SJC out 55.1% 155 384.5v
Home 24.1% 68 365.5v 30.9 miles leg
Total 67.3 miles. Used 64.5% of Gids.
As you'll be able to work out, it took us a total of 82.2% of Gids to get to our final destination from home. And then 64.5% of Gids for the return. If you discount out the 3.7 mile detour at the beginning of the trip, you'll get ~78.5% of Gids used for the outbound journey (riding by myself I get roughly 1 mile for every % of Gids @ 65mph indicated), still slightly outside the range the car will now give me at a full charge. But it's hard to say what having the extra weight of the kids did to my consumption on the way down. Maybe we could have just made it.
Either way, spending such a small amount for the quick charging, given the peace of mind it affords, is a no brainer. If I do have a really minor quibble with the way the EV Oasis charger is set up to bill, it would be the differentiation between Peak and Off-Peak times. If a Sunday at either noon or 6pm isn't off-peak, I really don't know what would be. But understand, I'm not really complaining - I'm quite happy to spend $15 an hour ANYTIME to know the charger is there and available. It just would be nice to know one way or the other. Or even do away with the tiered pricing altogether, so we're always sure of what we'd be charged.
On the way back, you'll see we did quite a bit better. This surprised me a bit. On paper, San Diego to Orange County is a slight uphill, and I expected my efficiency to be much worse than it was. I did toy with the idea of just skipping the QC on the way back, since we were doing so well. But I figured for just a couple of bucks...what the heck. As you can see from the figures, we used just 64.5% of Gids on the return, which is quite a bit below what I would normally expect to consume covering 67 miles. I'm guessing that if we'd skipped the QC we would have rolled into our driveway right around VLBW.