The car that never goed wrong….went wrong. Well the tyre did. Again. Front left. Again. Hissing noise is never a good sign.
At the tyre fitters now, hoping for a quick and easy fix.
Weird, I’ve been driving cars for 22 years now and have in that period gotten 1 (one) puncture, on this car. This is the second. Who is putting nails all over the road near my house? It always happens when I’m parking…
Tyre will be replaced afterall. Appointment booked.
Did a thing yesterday, had a 200 km trip planned which (on paper) should just be doable on one charge. I did not account for elevation (280 meters gained) and temperature (just 12 degrees in august, wtf), which is annoying. This meant 100 actual kms left me with 70 to go instead of 100 (160 even on the GOM initially). Which necessitated a 15 min charge stop, which is annoying.
But, as the way home was downhill, I ended up home with a ton of miles left, which meant I maybe didn’t need to stop after all. This annoyed me, which made me speed, which used up the extra range I had.
So I charged for 15 minutes and sped up which won me 15 minutes. All in vain since maybe I never needed to charge (maybe).
I would recommend using A Better Route Planner, it takes elevation into account. Right now it predicts 47% usage for the conveniently 120 mile (~193km) trip I did around the Yorkshire Dales, I actually used 54% (verified by the video) but taking into account my heavy right foot and constant starting/stopping to pass cars on narrow roads it's not too far off. It says 3 hours too but took me 4. You can also set the temperature and road conditions or allow it to do these automatically with a premium subscription.
Of course, unless you dig into it, split up the route or learn the elevations there's still potential for range anxiety when the charge gets low before descending, it just depends how much you trust the car and/or your right foot.
Funny thing is, I actually did calculate it via ABRP, and it gave me something daft like ‘after 100 kms you will have 19% left’ which is BS (I ended up with 39%)… which is why I said ‘screw it, I’ll just wing it and see what happens’
maybe I’ll have to dive into the settings since it always gives you too much margin (like start with 90% instead of 100 % or ‘never go below 10%)
Hmm… fastcharging three times in a row when it’s 30 degrees outside does slow the speed down a bit. Got 40 kw first time (which is the max - sadly - my car can take), second stop gave me 36 kw but now I’m down to 22 and dropping. Which means quite a long charge(75 minutes from 25% to full). I do have people to talk to since in the time it took to write this, a Kia eSoul, VW ID4 and an etron have started charging next to me. They’ll all be full a long time before I am though …. Audi is getting 141 kw right now. Me jelly.