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Posted by DougSlug on April 22, 2008, 10:53 pm

To some degree, yes, but I think the average temperature in Phoenix is a bit
higher than in NJ.  I think that is the biggest factor based on observations
of how low it drops in the winter due to the extra warm-up time.

 - Doug

Posted by Michelle Steiner on April 23, 2008, 12:27 am

For me, it drops in the Summer because the AC is always going, and even
though the AC is powered by the traction battery, that means that the
battery gets drained faster, so it continually needs to be recharged.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by Tomes on April 23, 2008, 1:21 am
I too live in Central NJ (Flemington - Somerset drives).  Over the winter
months we were getting 52-56 MPG using the best foot techniquing (overtly
getting it to use battery for stretches as much as possible).  I also used
grille blocking to keep the engine warm and this accounted for a change
upward of about 5 MPG when we put that in.

Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on April 24, 2008, 9:14 am

First are the mechanical basics:

1) tires as close to maximum sidewall as the roads and your comfort
2) oil about 1/2 to 3/4 between fill mark and full mark
3) tire alignment, the rear wheels can have reduced toe and camber by
using shims

Next we need to look at your commuting route. The general rule is:

1) first 1.5-2 miles warm-up at ~25 maximum speed
2) middle "n" miles either 38 mph and slower or 45 mph up to 65 mph
3) last 1.5-2 miles cool-down at ~30 mph to maximize EV into parking lot

If you can post some addresses that Google MAP will show the route, we
can perhaps offer some suggestions.

Bob Wilson

Posted by Tomes on April 25, 2008, 12:30 am
I am willing to help with that too as I am somewhat familiar with Doug's

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