Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

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Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

In a separate thread I painted the following hypothetical scenario:

That 150+mile day scenario I paint involves getting up early in the morning (car's fully charged) to take someone to the airport - 40 miles round trip, plug the car in. Take kids to school and come home, 10 miles, plug the car in. A few hours later, do a doctor's visit and some errands - another 20 miles, plug the car in. In the afternoon, pick up kids from school and do some errands, 10 miles, and plug the car in. In the early evening go visit some friends 40 miles one way and plug into their dryer outlet while spending the evening having dinner - three hours later the car is more than ready for the 40 mile trip home. That's a plausible 160-mile day. Recharge overnight and the 'tank' is full in the morning.

Breaking this down and using 12 miles/rechargehr yields:

6-7am Airport 40 miles
7-9am PlugIn 24 mile recharge
9-10am KidsSchool 10 miles
10am-12pm PlugIn 24 mile recharge
12-2pm Doc/errands 20 miles
2-3pm PlugIn 12 mile recharge
3-4pm KidsSchool 10 miles
4-6pm PlugIn 24 mile recharge

So, by the time evening rolls around the car has gone 80 miles and recharged 84 miles, so it's fully charged to go off on a 40-mile visit. Finishing this story:

6pm-7pm VisitTrip 40 miles
7pm-10pm DinnerVisit PlugIn 36 mile recharge
10pm-11pm ReturnHome 40 miles
11pm-6am PlugIn FULL recharge (84 miles possible)

The point of this hypothetical scenario is to show that we could do a 200-mile day if we wanted to. Now, I've done a few >100-mile days but completely failed to keep track of the times and mileage.

The purpose of this thread is to solicit real-life maximum daily-distance-driven examples from iMiEV owners and a brief description of the type of driving you did.
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leec
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Re: Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

I've traveled from Seattle to Wenatchee and also to Portland and back, each in a day. That's 284 miles round trip over Stevens Pass (3050') and 364 miles (with highway detours from I-5). This is only possible with DC quick chargers but it makes for a completely different experience than the runabout-town car most people assume the i-MiEV to be.

The theoretical maximum of miles driven in a day would be: 50 minutes (@60 mph) + 30 minutes fast charging (@0 mph) / 1440 minutes in a day = 18 driving & charging sessions. This would allow you to cover 900 miles if you used all 24 hours but a sane driver who wasn't involved in an endurance rally might do 400 miles over 8 hours of driving & charging.
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Re: Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

leec - thank you so much for doing the math and posting the Quick Charge (QC) L3 CHAdeMO scenario. Wow - it indeed opens up a new world of possibilities for our iMiEV!
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Re: Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

I've been thinking about the approach leec presented (above), whereby you drive 50 miles in 50 minutes and then spend 30 minutes Quick Charging, yielding (24hrs*50miles*60min/hr)/(50+30) = 900miles as the theoretical maximum iMiEV daily mileage using Quick Charging (CHAdeMO).

Now, using this same approach, here's the analysis for Level 2 and Level 1 charging...

To start with, even though my own latest summary shows that my overall average wall-to wheels consumption is 4.2 miles/kWhr, because of the relatively high speed in this example I will use the very conservative EPA average rating of 3.333 miles/kWhr for this discussion.

My measured wimpy Mitsubishi EVSE charging power is 0.9kW at exactly 120vac and using my SPX EVSE gives a measured 3.06kW at exactly 240vac. This number is actually quite constant until the last hour where the BMS does its cell balancing routine and the power diminishes until cutoff. Ignoring the 10-minute timeout the BMS seems to randomly take (I suspect to recalibrate itself), and ignoring the last hour taper charge, for the sake of this discussion let's say that the Level 1 (120vac) charging is 0.9kW and Level 2 (240vac) charging is 3.0kW, from the "wall".

Level 2
A charging rate of 3.0kW * 3.333miles/kWhr results in 10miles/rechargehour. To recharge the car after having driven 50 miles we get 50/10= 5 hours. Thus, we can say that we get back to the charge level we started with in five hours and fifty minutes, or 5.833hr, after starting off on our 50-mile trip. Ok, so for 24 hours that gives us 24 * 50/5.8333 = 205.7miles theoretical daily maximum using 240vac (level 2) recharging.

Level 1 (8A)
A charging rate of 0.9kW * 3.333miles/kWhr results in 3.0miles/rechargehour. To recharge the car after having driven 50 miles we get 50/3= 16.67hours. Thus, we can say that we get back to the charge we started with in 16.67+(50/60)= 17.5hours after starting off on our 50-mile trip (ugh!). Ok, so for 24 hours that gives us 24 * 50/17.5 = 68.6miles theoretical daily maximum using the Mitsubishi 120vac (level 1) EVSE.

Level 1 (12A)
We've shown that the iMiEV accepts a 12A 120vac input from non-Mitsubishi EVSEs, which, (scaling .9kWmeas/.96kWlabel) would yield 1.35kW possible at 120vac. 1.35kw * 3.33miles/kWhr results in 4.5miles/rechargehour. To recharge the car after having driven 50 miles we get 50/4.5= 11.11hours. Thus, we can say that we get back to the charge we started with in 11.11+.83hours= 11.94hours after starting off on our 50-mile trip. Ok, so for 24 hours that gives us 24 * 50/11.94 = 100.5miles theoretical daily maximum using a 12A 120vac (level 1) EVSE.

SUMMARY
As our first shot using a speed of 60 miles/hour and assuming the conservative EPA figure of 3.33miles/kWhr applies to this speed, rounding off slightly we can say that in ONE DAY the iMiEV can theoretically travel a maximum of -
900 miles using CHAdeMO Quick Charging
200 miles using Level 2 (240vac) charging
100 miles using a more robust Level 1 (120vac 12A) EVSE
70 miles using Mitsubishi's Level 1 (120vac 8A) EVSE

Once I get more data showing what the exact power draw is at various speeds, we can make up a table which can more accurately reflect the real world, and especially see what impact reduced speeds would have on these daily range numbers.

How close to these theoretical maximums can you get?
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Re: Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

New here. I don't own an iMiev, although I've test driven one and have done a little research on them.

Joined just to say that the iMiev guy at our dealership said that Mitsubishi recommends limiting the fast tier-3 chargers to 2-3 a day (I think it was 2-3--he definitely said it shouldn't regularly be used multiple times a day). So just an FYI. He said it could affect the life of the batteries.
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Re: Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

TimeTrap, welcome to the forum. You are right, and none of us would dream of using Level 3 charging repeatedly - this was just a mathematical exercise to demonstrate what was theoretically possible. On the other hand, the Level 1 and Level 2 scenarios are readily achievable without any undue battery stress.
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Re: Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

Tried out our longest trip scenario for the first time to visit friend and family, 2 passengers , seats folded down & loaded with carpentry tools
- Total trip 108 miles (175km)
Remaining range gauge indicated 83 miles (133 km) at departure, we live in a ski hills region 1,000 ft above sea level and our destination is down at 100 ft above sea level

Temperatures reached up to 31 C (88 F) by mid day - started with full charge

5:30 am -Drove 50 miles - (80 Km) mostly highway, No AC, - plugged in to 110 household outlet, -no level 2 available at destination

12 noon - Drove locally 9 miles (15Km) with the AC on Max - replugged in to 110 household outlet

7:30 pm - Drove home 50 miles - (80 Km) mostly highway, no AC, loaded down with tools & with headlights on
Remaining range gauge indicated 65 Miles (104 km) at departure
We had to climb up to 1000 ft above sea level.

A few anxious moments - We just made it home with less than 2 1/2 mile ( 4 km) remaining on the remaining range gauge

Climbing those hills cut back our range substantially,

Still on the learning curve.
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Re: Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

sandange, congratulations, you can now claim the most miles driven in one day using Level1 recharging
If you repeat that trip, I would be inclined to slow down quite a bit on the highway part of it - I think you will be surprised at the improvement.
Thank you very much for your post.
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Re: Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

Thanks JoeS

I will be traveling this route every 2 weeks or so in the future to visit family - in the winter time as well, so I need to determine range limitations and pre-plan where it is convenient to stop & charge at available level 2 locations.

I also did experiment with some hyper-miling on this trip, - coasting in neutral coming down from the mountains on light slopes, also using B mode to recharge and decelerate on the steeper pitches & corners.

I traveled at speed of 59 - 65 mph (95-105 kmph) on the highway anything slower and we could become a danger to the surrounding traffic that usually run at 65 - 75 mph (105- 120 kmph)
Last edited by sandange on Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:59 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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sandange
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Re: Maximum Miles Driven In One Day

Put in a big day of driving totaling 220 km ( 136.7 mile) yesterday,
2 people, some light cargo ( Groceries & Granddaughter)

The trip included going from 1.050 ft Above Sea Level -
down, to 240 ft ASL,
back up to 1550' ASL,
back down to 1,050' ASL

Weather was perfect no ac or heat,
kept the speed down 60- 75 KPH ( 30- 45 MPH)
with odd short distance highway at 100 kph (60mph)

Recharged on several occasions totaling 3 hrs using level 2
10 km (6 Miles) left on the RR gauge

Al went well
On the Last leg - the drop in elevation helped a lot to regenerate in B mode
Tesla Model 3 SR+, 2019
Previous EVs
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
200,000 km , 124.000 miles.
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)