Thursday 8th March 2012
Today the weather was gorgeous, it’s a little warm for early March but it’ll be cold again tomorrow. But a wonderful day for owning an electric car. It’s on days like this that you really notice just how smooth and quiet the drive is, there’s no need for any HVAC.
I got in the car this morning, the temperature was 11.5 celsius (Napoleon numbers) and I had 91 miles in regular mode and 108 miles in Eco mode, the highest I’ve seen so far. This shows that the outside temperature is definitely a factor in mileage and range. We did see this with the MINI E where we would often see 125 mile range in the summer months against 86 miles in the winter.I drove for 70 miles this morning and came home with, according to the car, having only used two battery “lozenges” and still having 46% charge left. If this is true then that’s brilliant, that’s about 135 miles on this charge, but are we sure it’s reporting correctly? I guess the only way I’ll know is by driving the ActiveE even more. Gosh, what a hard life this EV driving is… but I love it!When I went out in the evening after the car had fully charged, I had 114 miles range in Eco mode, now this is the highest I have seen it!
Oh and by the way I do believe (the next bit said in a very, very quiet whisper), the colour may be growing on me! I can’t believe I just said that, especially as it needs washing again! Maybe the colour is not so noticeable to me anymore, like a lot of things you get used to it after a while… Well we have had it nearly seven weeks now.