Ok, will post the full report when back, but traveled 242.4 miles today on a charge, all but about 6 miles on the free way. Travel from northern suburb of Chicago to Bloomington IN.
Starting SOC 99.7% 765 GIDs 59.3KW
Battery temp about 81F ambient temp 82F
(Started from a garage)
Ending SOC 10% 76 GID (dash read 1% with — for remaining miles) 5.9 KW
Ending temp100.8F. Ambient peaked around 92F. We were parked in a sun baked Walmart parking lot for a 1/2 for one of the stops.
Average speed over trip 48MPH due to coffee and bathroom stops, thick traffic through Chicago and a couple slow spots near the border. Divided highway Cross traffic stop lights in 30 miles south of Indy also slows down the average, and punishes efficiency. Speeds between Chicago and Bloomington were generally between 60 and 70mph. Maybe a touch faster in spots where I wasn’t paying attention.
Low battery kicked in at 107 GIds and 8.3KWh remaining (dash at 5% maybe 6%). Average efficiency 4.4 miles / kW overall.
4 adult passengers, maybe ~600Lbs + 2 suitcases and a full cooler. AC on entire trip, though set in mid-upper 70s.
Not bad, but I think this is my limit before hitting range anxiety or having to make a concession on travel speeds. I ran out of time to tape the grill. Will have to try that on the next run.
Interesting video by nextmove.
While Leaf didn’t fare well at 150km/h, it was much more competitive at 120km/h. I would like to see another run at 90km/h as this seems to imply drive train is pretty on par, but aerodynamics are hurting it at high speeds as we know.