Today was an interesting one. My wife, daughter, and I took my wife's ICE to our friend's house for a party. I was driving and noticed the temperature gauge rising... rising... oh crap! Thankfully, I noticed it before the engine had any permanent damage. I limped it back home (including some coasting with the engine off!) and we got in the i-MiEV.
Now you have to understand: Our friends live 35 miles away, and their house is only accessible by expressway. I considered this in the past and knew this would be nearly impossible on one charge. Oh, and it's mostly uphill. I kept the speed down to the speed limit (you have to understand -- in Texas, speed limits are merely a guideline
) and drafted a large semi truck most of the way at around 60MPH.
We arrived with 7/16 bars available. For once, I displayed the guess-o-meter. It read 32 miles left. That's cutting it too close. Being the nice friends they are, they allowed me to L1 charge at their house using the stock EVSE (8A @ 120VAC). We were there for around 3 hours. The guess-o-meter showed 35 miles, but I knew that was understated. That was just enough to get us home with 3 bars left.
After dropping the wife and kid off, I ran an errand and used a lot of battery going fast. Got it down to 2 bars, just like the manual says to do occasionally. This is the first time I've ever driven so far in my car and the first time I've seen 2 bars.
I'll post what my kill-a-watt meter shows for my power usage later.