KlnAir4U wrote:I did a couple of errands and then with 8 miles of range left and 8 miles from home, and having reached my objective of 102 miles, I headed home. I arrived home with 4 miles of range left, so I started driving around our neighborhood until suddenly the 4 miles went to Zero and the display showed <- - ->. I was about 1 mile from home.
I turned around and headed home again. I gave the accelerator a couple of bursts just to see how much torque I could muster. It seemed like a bit less than normal but still totally adequate for driving in traffic. I still went around another block until I finally drove into our driveway with a total of 114 miles, zero range and between 1 and 2 miles of driving on "empty".
Which model do you have? I'm guessing the S, because it is less in your face about Low Battery and Very Low Battery warnings. But even with the S when you hit LBW there should have been a yellow light in the dash "eyebrow", a beep and a message that popped up in the bottom middle of your dash, and the "distance to empty" gauge (that we call the GOM) should have started flashing. The SV and SL (at least for 2011/2012, and I assume 2013) also have a popup on the central console and a sweet-voiced lady telling you your battery is low.
The big difference comes at VLBW, which is a big production for the SV and SL. The console switches to a navigation screen showing range and charging stations, there's a popup asking yes/no do you want to search for a charging station, and the woman's voice sounds a bit more insistent. Meanwhile, over on the dash the GOM switches to three dashes. I assume that is also the VLBW signal for the S, but I'm not sure. There is a point where the GOM switches to three dashes, and another point a mile or two later where the SOC gauge (new for 2013, and optionally displayed in the middle of the dash) switches to three dashes, but no other audible or visual signals that I can remember noticing at either of those two times.
Even after all this you are still not close to "Turtle", which is when you would see a precipitous loss of motor torque. That is announced by a red turtle icon on the dash (and probably other things, but I've only been there once and don't remember). Tony estimates that the distance from VLBW to Turtle is about half the distance from LBW to VLBW.
In any event, congratulations, and I'll let Tony distribute the rewards in his always elegant manner.