Our trip is finished. Back in RI and happy to be home/work. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this automobile. It is a blast to drive. Quick when you need it, sure footed, has more than enough battery mileage for me, technically extreme but user friendly and very sporty looking. The Metallic Platinum White is gorgeous. And, it is quiet beyond normal. Everyone knows about the lack of engine noise, add to that zero wind noise and minimal tire noise.
I told you I don't need most of the tech stuff, but I am intrigued enough to figure it out and play around. When we bought our 2007 Avalon the salesmen spent 4 hours explaining things to us. I literally got sick of listening to him and finally told him we were driving away so "get out of the car!" Half the stuff I never used again. This car encourages you to use the tech, it is intuitive. My Ford Touch is pretty interesting and My Sync is simply a matter of putting your phone into the system and it works in the background and all you do is wait for calls, messages, etc. You can even tell it to drive to one of your contacts by simply stating the name. It looks in your phone, gets the address and punches up the navigation system with a destination. A lot to learn but I am intrigued.
When I charged the car last night, I unplugged when completed and the gauge read 95 mile range. When we got in this morning and turned the car on the gauge read 65 mile range. We only need to go 62 miles, so we left and drove just like yesterday, 60 mph, AC on set at low fan speed, I-95 with minor hills, clear beautiful day 80 degrees. We ended our trip in about an hour and a quarter with 26 miles still on the range gauge, which means I could have driven 85 plus miles.
The display has a butterfly screen that tells you how efficiently you are driving, if you click a button it changes to a gauge which I like much better. It tells a percentage of power you are adding based on your driving habits. I was getting about 18-20% and I interpret that to me if the battery gauge says 50 miles, I will actually get 18% more mileage or 59 miles out of the battery. That seemed to hold true and maybe even be more. I have to have some user experience gained over time to figure this out.
Miles per kilowatt hour and stuff like that I haven't even began to figure out. Don't even know how to access the information yet.
Right now I am simply sharing my excitement about this vehicle. I have numerous people to take for joy rides and lots of compliments to receive
Most people are pretty **** impressed. Oddly, it does have to do with the electric, but many simply admire the lines, the paint job, seats, dashboard and sportiness of the vehicle.
One slightly worrisome note. When leaving the dealership, I asked the salesmen, if he had any more preorders. His response was that they have ordered 5 more vehicles, but no one else has preordered at his dealership. They only had a total of two preorders - me and a guy from Vermont. That should evoke a whole new line of forum news. Is anyone else ordering the FFE????