Almost two years after my first trip to Lassen
NP in my LEAF, I made it back to the Peak.Lassen
was great, as always, especially since the temperatures on Valley floor that day were reported to be as high as 113 F! I had lunch at the peak, then back-tracked to ~6,700 ft. (at the end of trip
4, at point D) to find a snow-free trail for a hike.
I think my earlier inexperience with large ascents and descents (must be pretty close to 13,000 ft. on this route) may have made the trip seem harder than it was, as I described it two years ago. Redding to the Peak and back is certainly manageable with one ~12 to 15 kWh recharge at ~4,000 ft elevation, as long as you take reasonable measures to drive efficiently (slowly!) on the trip.
I'd encourage everyone driving through the North State to visit one of the most under-appreciated National Parks, and one relatively easy to access (with a portable EVSE) in a BEV.
The Peak trail is scheduled to be open over this Fourth of July Weekend, BTW, offering one of the few opportunities to climb the Peak, before the trail project is completed in 2015.
I had a much easier time with the range-planning this time, having a lot more experience with large ascents and descents, having the ability to read
the nav screen m/kWh and knowing my remaining kWh to the LBW and VLBW to within a few hundred Wh of accuracy. I still haven't figured out any way to use the Battery app to get usefully accurate Wh use reporting. For example, the app reported ~250 Wh use while I was sparked at the Peak lot!
Benefiting from the ~2,000 ft. net descent, I did the last 109.3 miles of the 154.3 mile trip from a single recharge to "100%" at the 45 mile, ~4000 ft. elevation point, I got to the Peak and back home (using only one charge bar for the 77 mile ~6,400 ft. net descent from the Peak!) with two bars left, and probably ~2 (nominal
, Dash/nav screen/CarWings) kWh left before the VLBW, at the end of the trip.
Next time, I won't wait for the slow top-off to "100%" at the recharge.Back at the Peak trail lot, on 6-8-13. Drought watch- there is not much more snow than there was on my first trip ~7/30 of 2011.Here is my route:Excluding the first ~.3 miles and ~150 ft of descent, and the same distance and ascent on the trip end, Which Google will not map. Here is the elevation profile for that route:
Here is a screenshot of the CarWings ERS kWh use report for 6/8/13: