Calaveras wrote:I am located at 3,000 foot elevation 70 miles east of Sacramento.
My concern is that I have a nearly 2,000 elevation change in my daily commute. That is fine going downhill, but will The leaf make it back uphill without becoming an obstacle to traffic?
If you are worried about having enough power to climb the hills - fear not. Range is another story. My Rav4EV has less than half the power that the Leaf will have, and there are no hills it cannot climb at normal freeway speeds.
Oh... and I'm in Davis. :wave:
So I'm extremely interested in this - have you been able to figure how how many "flat" miles of power you burn for every uphill mile?
For instance - if you have an average of a 6% hill, how many normal miles of juice do you consume for each one you go up hill? What's your best estimate?
If the Leaf can go up a decent hill at 2 miles of battery for every mile of road, or even 3 miles of battery for every mile of road - it vastly expands the area that I can use it in. If it is more like 5+ miles of battery for every mile uphill, then I'll be fairly limited where I can take the car.
My only electric experience is the 30 seconds or so you can drive the Prius on battery only, so that doesn't give me enough data to make an educated guess.