Week of March 26 to April 1 (Nat’l Avg $2.611)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Sorry to hear that, Kevin Thankfully, we're now back to normal and getting some rain. Hoping for some sun tomorrow to possibly exceed 1 MWh solar energy production in March.

    Okay, if there's interest. I don't keep a detailed log. The 60 mile drive home from the dealership ended up with an immediate return about five miles out when I noticed the inspection sticker was missing. Overall range estimates were in line so no range anxiety. It is almost like driving in a normal car. Efficiency seems as advertised. I'll post some data/graphics later. There's a bar graph I can capture. I've seen ranges from 4 to 8 miles per kWh. I've only done some short running around so not many miles yet. I've charged a couple hours on free public L2 chargers.

    More later.
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  2. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    IMG_20180330_083147.jpg in garage

    This morning's commute with detour to ship a package.

    9.1 miles, 5.4 mi/kWh, low 50s, a sprinkling of rain
    - from home, 200' elevation drop
    - local light traffic to the Most Office (shipper)
    - about 2.5 miles of high speed highway just before the final half mile

    recommended tire pressure 38 psi; came from dealership at 33 psi; currently 40 psi

    for reference:
    100 MPGe = 2.99 mi/kWh
    125 MPGe = 3.74 mi/kWh
    150 MPGe = 4.49 mi/kWh
    175 MPGe = 5.24 mi/kWh
    200 MPGe = 5.99 mi/kWh
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  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Nice one, Bill. Looking forward to hearing more about it. I'm curious, what does the manual say about towing? ;) :p (relevant below)

    53.5 / 5.3 - home
    41.6 / 5.4 - with trailer out to the farm store for some fence panels
    38.8 / 5.4 - home again
    67.9 / 5.2 - work this morning, kids have the day off

    Tank suffered, to 47.2 / 26 mi.
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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics


    Chevrolet BOLT EV Owner Manual (GMNA-Localizing-U.S./Canada/Mexico-
    11434431) - 2018 - crc - 2/14/18
    252 Driving and Operating
    Trailer Towing
    General Towing
    The vehicle is neither designed nor intended to tow a trailer.

    but!... (you could do a lot with this towing wise if careful)

    The My Chevrolet site shows the following as an accessory (for bike carriers, etc).

    110-lb. Capacity Trailer Hitch Carrier Mount by CURT™ Group - Associated Accessories

    Part Number: 19355746

    Designed specifically for bike racks and light cargo carriers

    Frees cargo space inside the vehicle for more luggage and gear

    Vehicle-specific design provides a custom fit

    1.25-inch receiver tube accepts a variety of carriers (not for towing)

    $129.00 MSRP

    tow 16_CHE_SON_ACM_01.jpg

    Edit: or just carry <100 lbs in a hitch basket carrier
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  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    110 lb capacity, at a standard 10% tongue load, means ~1000 lb towing. That's what the Euro and Asian Honda Jazz is rated for, which are mechanically identical to my Fit.

    Mine is also a 1.25" receiver.
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  6. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Here's the trip profile I generated at flattestroute.com. Now I see why the highway section did not inhale as badly.

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  7. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Great initial results Bill. I'm looking forward to hearing more as well.
    I'm guessing a 1000 lb. trailer would pull just fine with that hitch. I'm sure it has more power and torque than many small cars that are rated for light towing. Curt can't say so because GM didn't rate the Bolt for towing. Probably best not to though with warranty and liability issues.

    Out to Good Friday service this morning with my son. 10*F and about 3" of fresh snow made for not great driving. It's Alberta and spring snow is not uncommon, but I admit I'm really ready for the snow to be gone.
    36.7 - 3.5 mi. to church.
    42.2 - 3.5 mi. home.
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  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Good point about warranty. Mine's finished so I don't care.

    Good call puddleglum about the power, the Bolt has nearly double my hp and more than double my torque.
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  9. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Thanks, Kevin. I don't think I can take the pressure of constantly improving on results. :) Driving an EV means never having to say you're sorry (about not meeting MPGe goals). ;)

    That said, here's the flip side of my commute, the "hill climb". Going home, 4.2 miles and 3.5 mi/kWh. This has been true of my commute all along. About 100 MPG in the morning to work and barely 50 MPG on the drive home in the Prius. The only way to feel okay about it is to take the average. :)

    Speaking of snow, my snow pile survives as one of the few spots with snow left in my neighborhood. Pretty strange looking...
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  10. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Now that's a cool little site!
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  11. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    That's the great thing with an EV. You can just drive it, and it's going to use far less energy than a gas burner. I still say, impressive initial results. Combined EPA is showing 3.57 mi/kwh. You're almost there climbing a hill and way over for a round trip.
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  12. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Feels a little more like Christmas than Easter here. Temp dropped to -7*F this morning. Warmed up to 10*F in the afternoon when we were out but with sub-zero wind chill.
    7 really short trips over 5 hours, mostly with three of us. Longest was 2 mi.
    37.6 - 8.1 mi. total.

    Tank is showing 46.3 - 384.6 mi. F_____I__/__E
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  13. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Last night, out to dinner at a far away restaurant
    - temperature in the low 50s F dropping to the 40s
    - round trip 67.6 miles 4.0 miles/kWh, with typical 65 mph PSL speeds

    This morning, first DC Fast Charge with breakfast at McDonald's
    - about 45 deg F out with only a few tiny raindrops on the windshield at the start
    - 50 kW rated CCS charger provided by ChargePoint and National Grid (New England)
    - charged battery from 43% to 81%
    - charging current profile as shown below
    - round trip 33.3 miles 4.6 miles/kWh, about 1/2 highway below 65 mph PSL
    - ending odometer 236 miles (i.e. total on the new car)

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  14. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    That's awesome Bill, getting to drive the last two trips for free.

    Mother nature played a cruel April fools joke here. -17*F this morning. Record low for today and coldest Easter on record they say. Managed to creep up to 21*F this afternoon though.
    7 trips today for 19.2 mi. total. Missed a couple of entries but better than yesterday. 40 mpg total for the weekend.
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  15. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    My Echo had a similar receiver on it. My father in law (the original owner) denies towing with it, said he carried a bike rack or something back there. I always wondered what towing with that would be like.
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  16. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Good grief.
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  17. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    I came through my home operating center today. I needed some sundries so I dusted off my Civic and took it to the store. I figured, why not literally make it a Sunday drive? I applied EOC and some pulse and glide. Considering I have a lazy tire which likes to rest at 25psi, and really am not practiced in P+G and basically don't know what I'm doing, ponder these results:

    65.6 to the store.
    56.2 back to work.

  18. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Amazing !
  19. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Going home Thursday was horrible:
    35.3 / 21.5

    To fish and chip shop:
    58.5 / 2.0
    41.5 / 2.1

    Sunday went to the seaside, 3UP, temp started at 37 rising to 42°F:
    50.1 / 69.9
    Going home, 5°C:
    53.2 / 68.4

    Tank up 2.0 at 46.0 (FCD 48.5) / 324.1 / Range 310 . Guess gauge F___«|««««E . UG down 1.4 at 45.2 / DTE 287
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