kiev wrote:Or get behind the slow truck and use the draft--let him break the wind before you and the car will be in regen going uphill...
Oh, boy, this discussion has gone off-topic and has split into two separate topics but when I thought I could separate them and start new threads it became too messy (but I still may do that...).
The two topics are:
1) Phximiev trip planning
2) Highway hypermiling techniques and 'safety'
I submit there's a third topic: Trip Time Optimization
, taking stopping for L2 charging into account.TRIP PLANNING
This, to me, is the fun part of planning a longer i-MiEV trip, very reminiscent of a marine navigator preparing for an ocean or coastal passage or a pilot preparing for a flight. Phximiev, I looked on the map and identified the locations you are talking about. Without necessarily divulging your home's location, can you give us a fairly exact starting point and end point for your trip? This will enable us to do some fairly accurate analyses.HIGHWAY HYPERMILING
This, in my opinion, is the best road sign on US highways (this one is from Colorado):
Having spent over 100K miles hypermiling my Gen1 Honda Insights and being rear-ended and the car totalled by a drunk driver, I have some very strong opinions on this topic.
Here is a detailed discussion as it affects the i-MiEV:http://myimiev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=287&p=20148
(go to my January 21, 2015 post)
Here is a description of the accident:http://www.insightcentral.net/forums/honda-insight-forum-1st-gen-discussion/46929-insight-mima-gets-crashed-into.html
My follow-up post there:http://www.insightcentral.net/forums/honda-insight-forum-1st-gen-discussion/46929-insight-mima-gets-crashed-into.html#post506729
I hate having trucks following me, as in an emergency I can stop faster than they can and if they hit me I'm dead meat. My present position on this whole topic is that following a truck is safer than driving naked at the same speed because of the visual 'wall' the truck represents to someone coming from behind. How closely one follows a truck has too many variables (safety, legal, aero, etc., including the consideration for a chipped windshield), so I'm not going there.TRIP TIME OPTIMIZATION
I think a long trip in an iMiEV with only L2 charging along the way merits a discussion. If, by driving slower, you can make it to a destination and then plug the car in while you do something else at that destination, this is preferable to driving fast but having to stop for an hour or so at an intermediate charging point (and cooling your heels) on your way to that destination. I think Phximiev's example will be interesting to continue analyzing, especially with the variable of altitude thrown in. To be continued...