magicnote wrote:I wish there was an upgraded i-Miev in the works.
I bought my 2012 as a 4 year old lease return with 1170 miles on it. I was banking on someone making a replacement battery pack for it someday
I have been using a 12v blanket to keep the heater use to a minimum. I got it for $7 on clearance. It doesn't get really hot (like the seat seams to at times) but it does well enough to take the edge off - especially since we have had one of the coldest winters here in a long time.
I did have to break out the 4x4 Dino-monster for about a week due to the snow and ice we had. Today tho, it was a balmy 34°F on my drive in and I decided to not use my blanket. Pre-heated the care on the 120v plug (never gets really warm using that plug - I should have used my 220v...). Sure enough, I kept the heat on and saw my RR going down.
Normally, when I get to work when it has been colder like this, I would have between 42 and 45 miles left on the meter. Today was 36. I am tossing that up to 1) cold weather, 2) insufficient pre-heat before unplugging, and 3) not using my 12v blanket and using my heater more.
Still, plenty of range to get home - but no real wiggle room. My commute home is mostly uphill so my power use on my commute is more like 35% going to work and 65% going home.
Long term - I am going to be looking into the diesel heater - but short term, try the 12v blanket - it helps - ALOT!!