JoeS wrote:For myself, with the i-MiEV range EPA rated at 62 miles (100km), I'm content that it is a very good all-round number as, in general, I see 30-32 miles at 8 bars (1/2-full) in just my normal leadfootin' non-hypermiling everyday driving.
I haven't owned my car for that long, but I get similar results. I have a 35 mile, round trip commute, about 1/2 on highways/interstates at 55-60mph.
Being a new owner, I was charging the car up to full every night, just in case.
Be that as it may, some mornings were quite chilly and I used the heat - which ran my 'tank' down to about 6 bars left at the end of the day. With some slightly heightened awareness at my 'small' tank, I have become more aware of my driving style. On days that I haven't used the heater, I commonly get home with 8 bars left. Sometimes with as much as 53 SOC - still plenty for erranding around in the evening.
And on the weekends, when we don't hit the highways, but spend the day erranding around on surface streets, I can drive the whole weekend without 'filling up'.
I would say that, in my limited experience, if someone was looking at the Imiev as their highway commuter, then the EPA range was probably exaggerated. But if they were towning (again from limited springtime experience) the 62 mile range is easily handled. Even with my heavy right foot -