I had an interesting day of driving the lectric car. Went to work in Philly, charged up for free in my paid parking spot. Came home, charged up some at home, took a friend to the airport, ran some other errands. Played it just right and had 2 bars left. Used one on some local stuff later.
So decided to run it out. Drove around the block for a while that night. After 1 mile range remaining left, the display showed "---". And then the turtle light came on.
I drove about 3 miles and parked it.
Next morning mid morning I had some more time...
I continued around the block for a total of 6.2 miles in a direction where I could coast home. Mostly low energy driving, mimicking how I would be driving in an actual "running out" situation. Sometimes I would give it full power just to see if it was limiting power. It was not.
At 6.2 miles after zero/turtle, I felt a limitation kick in. After that the car would only go slow - maybe 5-10mph. I drove like this until 6.8 miles after zero. Then it wouldn't go any more.
I put on my hazards and saw a huge black SUV in back of me. So I got out and went to the window, the young woman looked at me with fear like I was going to car jack her and would not roll down her window - she said "I can hear you". This is mid morning in front of the Bar Association/lawyer district in the safest town around...People are so funny...I can't imagine living like that. I explained that I couldn't go forward and needed to roll back and asked if she could move out of the way please. She unhappily did. I rolled into my spot and charged it back up.
So, nice to know I have that much cushion. 2017 model.