AndyH wrote:This type of back and forth is exactly why there's such a sense of disconnect between REAL average speeds and what folks believe because they saw 80 on the speedo during their commute.
Preaching to the choir, sir! That's why I want a power curve so we don't have to so much extrapolate as simply run the numbers. Granted, a true power curve is not really easy to come by. Tesla has one, but we're not going to see one anytime soon -- at least not likely before August never mind December. And if we're to pony up the cash in August I want to at least know if it's gonna get me there and back again. The EPA has some very interesting test vectors that they have under their Dynamometer page that I've been analyzing and if anything I'd rather go by that then any top speed. I like the US06 not because it goes to almost 80 mph. In my state of Virgina I'd never drive that fast even if I could since I don't want a permanent Class-6 Misdemeanor charge on my criminal record. Yes
, in Virginia we make routine driving infractions part of your criminal record and for you Californians coming here, we have another Class-6 Misdemeanor called 2-Abreast meaning you can't share a lane, even if you're on a very narrow motorcycle like y'all do back home!
But enough of my crazy East-coast state. The point is, I drive an average of 51 mph to work. That's by no means my top speed. I hit speeds well in access of that (though never more than 14 over the limit -- did I mention the Class-6 Misdemeanor??) and a number of local roads. That's why US06 is such a good measure for me. It has acceleration, deceleration, reasonable maximum speeds and an average speed of about 48 mph, much closer to my 51.
But anyway, thanks for the numbers, sir, as those 3 data points are just what I need, in theory, to compute the power curve for the cars listed. Not the Nissan LEAF, alas, but if I can get it to work for the others, I know I'm on the right track!
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