edatoakrun wrote:You really think you "beat" driving ~45 mph, on either Rawson road or A8 (my route north) and old 99 from Red Bluff south, in total travel/charge time?
I just took another look at Tony's Range Chart (viewtopic.php?f=31&t=4295
) ... and so ... yes, I think I did beat it. Because (looking at the chart), at the speeds I was going while drafting from Orland to Woodland (57mph), I basically achieved an EE of 5.2 which on his chart is 45mph equivalent back-roads travel.
On the Shasta Lake to Orland section (EE = 4.8): it's not flat, so the same analogy with the range chart data is harder.
Keep in mind too though, I was driving smooth/continuous. Driving the backroads (old 99 you mentioned, etc) would incur quite a few stop signs (at every I-5 exit, +others), right ? ( I haven't done it, you have. ) Depending on the efficiency of the regen, this may degrade my gains from the lower speed.
(Again) I am not advocating LEAF owners draft trucks on a regular basis. Find yourself a better alternative to conserving energy. If you find yourself at the edge of your range capability on a regular basis, then either the LEAF is not right tool for the job, or you are doing something wrong in terms of energy efficiency (speeding ? etc., ?).
And note: I am *not* critical of Ed's backroads approach ... just want to add more info. The backroads approach is valid, and I have done it before for my own purposes to extend my range in order to reach my destination. But this trip in this particular (highly-visible) LEAF is different. As I learned after picking it up in Portland ... it gets a *lot* of looks. It is not your ordinary LEAF, due to all the graphics pasted all over it.
My desire was to show the LEAF on I-5 as an (almost) regular car (within its range limits - finding the next EVSE) while doing a road trip. Of course people along the way asked me how often I have to stop and for how long and whether I felt inconvenienced by this. I answered truthfully that it's not ideal for roadtrips in California, but if their roadtripping is infrequent enough, then the LEAF could still work for them 90-95% of the time. In the next breath I mentioned the awesome convenience of QC ... which makes the LEAF *ABSOLUTELY* convenient for short or medium length roadtrips (200-250 miles). Which led to the contrast of CA vs. OR/WA ... etc etc ... I think you know where I was taking that discussion next
Most people simply were impressed that I was taking an electric car from Portland, Oregon to Sacramento, California
And that happened before I even got to Portland (like, prior to my departure around here at home and at the train station, and on the train Saturday night/Sunday).