ZOE Keeps Her Promise: 111 Mile Range (180km)

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  • #4980

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    On the first day with our ZOE we managed a leg of the journey that was 85 miles long, with 10 predicted miles remaining for a total of 95 miles. A for
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    #4993

    Deejay
    Participant

    Congrats!

    Whilst I understand the science of slow driving requiring less work and therefore increasing range, I’m not sure I’d consider limiting yourself to 30mph as improving your driving style. If I go anywhere outside of the town I live in, I need to go either on a motorway or A-roads with limited overtaking opportunities, so it’d surely be a driving offence for me to use the limiter and set it to 30mph.

    It seems like the Zoe will perform much better as a city car. It’s good to know it’ll go much further at lower speeds, which means at least you’ve got practical options if you find your range coming up a little short.

    #4995

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Yes – I have a number of routes to work, including motorway or dual carriageway, but at these speeds I’m limited to country lanes.

    #5008

    mervync13
    Participant

    Hi what about this to extend the mileage on future Zoe’s especially main road journeys. http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1086751_new-gearless-gearbox-technology-previewed-video#src=10065

    #5027

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    To me that sounds like a technology that could help combustion car gearboxes, but is already obsolete compared to a gearbox-free EV.

    #5030

    timbo
    Participant

    An impressive set of numbers!
    Maybe it’s just me, but having returned to my fully charged car in the station car park this evening, I found myself wondering if I could get a charge to last 100 miles?

    It’s early days yet, but slow moving traffic and steady driving currently has my combined range and trip distance at 101 miles.

    It feels like Trevor may take some beating…..

    #5031

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    I’m confident ZOE can do quite a bit better, with slower speeds (and a clearer/flatter route). The big problem is time – it’s one thing to travel 120 miles at 60 mph, quite another to do it at 25 mph.

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    Nosig
    Participant
    #5071

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Wow – good link, Nosig. That will make a great post for the blog.

    #5087

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    I’m getting a bit confused over how to get the best range. Today I tried a flatter route to work with few junctions (I had to do very little braking in the whole journey). I used Eco mode, and had the speed limited to 30mph (with just a few bits at 35/40 where I was slowing up traffic). I got just 4.5 miles/kWh, it was very disappointing. It’s not hugely different to what I got above (5.1 miles/kWh), but still a long way below what the Spanish guy achieved. He managed as little as 8.4kWh/100km (8.4kWh/62.14 miles), which is an amazing 7.4 miles/kWh – what am I doing wrong?

    It was raining – I wonder if the cold(er) weather, and perhaps some use of headlights (it’s permanently on auto) might explain it. However, it has put me off trying again until I work out how to do better (particularly as it took an hour for what is normally a 40 minute journey).

    Any ideas anyone? Can anyone speak Spanish and pass on tips from the video?!

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