So, a lot of reading about long-range EVs (the eSamba with the Tesla trailer pack being one of them) and rapid charging (pretty much everything kilowatts
) got me wanting to do some long-range road tripping again
. This thread was started with a desire to do a trip to State College, PA in the i-MiEV (which was unfortunately put off due to a cell failure and lack of highway driving data), but I've been thinking that it would be cool to do the 500+ mile trek to EV Town, USA (Normal, IL). Part of me wants to do the trip with a battery trailer, giving the i-MiEV a 275 mile range and only needing 4 charging stops on the way, but I mostly want to do a road trip with the car as-is. Bolstered by the specs on the LEV50n cells regarding cycle life and my slightly improved range, I'm feeling better about doing a road trip. This obviously won't happen immediately, but I hope to complete this trip sometime this year. I may get to practice by driving to State College, as I do have business there coming up this Spring.
I'm thinking that taking a small 48 volt battery bank and inverter is a must for emergency power to net me about 10 miles in a pinch.
I will also be investigating a portable quick charger to cut level 2 charge times in half at least.
Bear is already equipped with entertainment for time spent at charging stations (PS2 and Android Head Unit).
I've now done a 144.8 mile trip in Bear using waypoint DCQC and destination L1 charging, resulting in little time lost vs. an ICE. During the trip discussed in my previous post, both myself and my passenger have found the seats to be surprisingly comfortable and supportive after a long drive. We didn't feel worn out after getting home.
Of course, just the drive there on the preliminary route without including charging time is 12+ hours
. It will take two days or better to get there. By most means, I'm in no hurry. I simply want to have fun and enjoy the journey. It's not much of a road trip when one is in a hurry to get to the destination, is it? I still have to map out charging, but going between here and Columbus, Ohio looks pretty doable, as long as the RV parks are willing to allow EV charging (If I pay for a spot, what's the difference?).