Thank you all for your comments. I'm afraid that I was being too harsh on the rest of the country, as evidenced by all the astute members of this forum.
Pier wrote:What !!!! 292 Wh/mi . I have an average lifetime of 190 Wh/mi. on my I-Miev. Is it because of a lead foot or the wheight of the car ?...
Pier, actually, it's even worse, as the display shows battery-to-wheels, not wall-to-wheels. To answer your comment, in a nutshell:
When I bought the car it had 30,000 miles on it and it showed 350Wh/mi by the previous owner, so we're doing a bit better. Don't forget, I'm proud of my hypermiling skills - here is the lifetime consumption for my Honda Insight (true 77.0mpg
) that was totaled when a drunk driver hit me:
With the i-MiEV, I rarely need to hypermile, and for the first 8000miles of my i-MiEV ownership and driving 'normally' I kept meticulous records, with my measured wall to wheels consumption being 238Wh/mi (148Wh/km) or 4.2 miles/kWh. Nowhere near as good as yours, Pier (190Wh/mi = 5.26mi/kWh lifetime - wow!).
Nowadays with the i-MiEV, I'm a leadfoot.
With the Tesla, the only time I needed to be careful was crossing the vast expanses of New Mexico and Texas with no SuperChargers, and even then I didn't need to get too serious about it. In regular driving between SuperChargers there is absolutely no need to conserve, and I simply set the Cruise Control to whatever was the speed limit and let her go.
Incidentally, as a law-abiding citizen driving right at the 80mph speed limit, it was disconcerting to be continuously passed by large trucks!
sandange wrote:...If you would do it over, is there anything you would have done differently?
Yes, bought a Tesla sooner.
sandange, The trip was really little-different from that in an ICE car. I had pretty-well prepared myself for the trip, primarily with my huge collection of power connector adapters and a small cooler with lots of water as I need to stay hydrated. As discussed elsewhere on this forum, iPad charging station and RV park locators make life easy for a BEV nowadays.
With no spare tire, my only nagging concern was getting a flat tire (especially in the middle of nowhere in Texas) but I compromised by having a tire puncture repair kit and a pump. I felt it was too much weight to carry a spare wheel+tire, a serious jack (the car is very heavy), and a monster lug-wrench (Tesla wheel nuts require 220ft-lb torque! Edit:
THIS IS WRONG - the number is 129ft-lb (175Nm).
Thank you siai47). We were lucky, and had no flats.
Our no-schedule trip was far better than having every night planned out, as we often made unscheduled stops during the day at local attractions in response to billboard ads or suggestions from locals. Reminded us of cruising: as evening approached we'd decide to drop anchor and simply pull off at the next available motel; yes, some of the Tesla SuperChargers or HPWCs were at up$cale places (uh, no thank you), yet others were quite reasonable. Even on Memorial Day weekend we were able to find inexpensive hotels/motels in Florida. The distinction between hotel and motel is blurred nowadays.
If we happened to stop at a hotel that had a charging station, I would set the timer to charge to 60% in the evening, and then in the morning before breakfast would charge it up to whatever I needed for the next leg of the trip. Never charged to 100%, and usually stopped at 80%SoC. Similarly, at the bottom end only once went down to 13%SoC (Bisbee AZ to Las Cruces NM) and normally charged just enough to get us to the next charging station with around 25%SoC remaining.