Watching the KWh/m drop at speed
Vertiformed awesome data analysis notwithstanding, a single data point experience this past weekend makes me concerned about the viability of Bolt road trips. So far--and it's admittedly early in my experience--according to the display next to the GoM, I'm hitting pretty close to 4 m/KWh. Hitting that 4.0 figure as I'm driving and then trying to maintain it has because sort of a visceral goal each time I get fully charged.
So this past weekend, I got a full charge at work and then drive the 18 miles home on Friday night, arriving with a nice 4.2 m/KWh. Sunday, I had a mini road trip, a drive to Sunnyvale and back. No traffic, and with a couple of brief exceptions on the way back, I maintained around 72-75 MPH. When I got home, 75 miles later, I had dropped precipitously, to 3.4 m/KWh.
I'm used to setting the cruise control to 84 most of the drive along I-5, 58, and even parts of I-15 from here to Vegas, a 580-mile one-way trip. And both mountains and wind can do a number on mileage as well. Thing is, in my former ICE cars, I'd typically see a rise in gas mileage, even at those speeds, because of no stop-and-go. But even if I tamp down my cruise control to, say, 75, I don't feel confident in being able to go more than about 150 miles before the battery level starts to worry me, especially west of Bakersfield where charging is still sparse.
Not to mention pretty much any trip would be spent with A/C going pretty strongly, also sapping energy.
Am I being overly paranoid, or is this a legitimate concern?
Last edited by twriter; 04-24-2019 at 02:58 AM.