JoeS wrote: For those who don't recall, Joe took a 10,000 mile trip around the USA in his Tesla yet he's still never fully recharged to 100%
If I had the range to spare on a daily driver, then I wouldn't charge to 100% either. However, during the winter months, I have used as much as 85-90% of my 36 mile round trip commute. I don't have the ability to plug in at work so I pre-heat in the morning, drive gingerly to work - about 20-25 min, and use about 4-5 bars - so that is 12 bars left.
Sometimes, on my trip home, traffic is so bad that I am sitting in the car for over an hour - with the heater on, even as minimal as possible. And the return route is mainly uphill, so there have been times when I have gotten home with only 2 bars showing.
During the summer months, I usually have between 7-9 bars remaining when I get home.
But I always charge to 100% over night b/c I never know when I am going to need to make an extra trip, run an errand, etc. Remembering my reading when Mitsu was asked why they developed a car with such a small battery, the response from Mitsu was that the car would be recharged every night at home. There was no need for a larger battery. I can't find the quote now, but that is what I remember reading.
And with their 8 year/100,000 mile warranty - my hope is that the Mitsu engineers planned on the battery going to 100% every night.
I understand folks squeezing the most life out of their battery, and wanting to stay in that sweet spot. However, with my commute, especially during the winter months, that would prove to be a very short range car and not very usable.
(my 2 cents)