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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-25-2018, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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How low do you go?

Due to a diversion I ended going a bit further than usual the other day and went below 10% left, which made me wonder how far others have pushed the “range left”.
I should add, I wasn’t worried as I had 10 miles showing as remaining when I got home but had switched off the heating and even audio.
So, how low have other owners gone?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-06-2018, 10:06 AM
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In an effort to prevent battery degradation, its typically better not to fully discharge the battery pack. I recall on the first gen model being instructed not to go below 2 bars.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-06-2018, 05:58 PM
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Thankfully the growing amount of charging stations showing up, especially if you plan your commute well, it should be very practical to keep charge levels well within the higher bar range.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-07-2018, 09:54 AM
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Not something that I recommend doing consistently, but it is fun to try and see how far you can push a single charge. With hypermiling I've seen reports that some owners have managed to get upwards of 200 miles.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-12-2018, 07:08 PM
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It can be a good strategy if you live in the city and take highways in/out of them. Drafting behind bigger vehicles along with other minor things you can do all go a long way.

Can't argue with physics
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-16-2018, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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I’ve now been down to 3%. Not something i’d recommend!
When I left London with 47% to cover 47miles I thought I was quite safe but did turn off the heater just in case.
Conditions were dark, very wet and just above freezing
I suspect the head wind most of the way was a major factor in the poor mileage.
From 31 miles available the readings were unreliable, often dropping several % in one go. At 16miles from home I had 26 miles available but 5 miles later that had dropped to 17 available (I was driving like an old person on their way to church).
Worth noting, at 3% the miles available is replaced with —-

I guess the message is to watch out for wind direction it can mess up your expected range
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