Originally Posted by JeffAnd
Driving the car at speeds 55 and 65 does reduce driving range. Driving at lower speeds like 45 MPH seems to improve the driving range.
Congrats on getting the car home. Hope you enjoyed your ride
I did a similar scenerio. I bought the car in NY and drove it home to RI. 186 miles.
One of my discoveries is how easy the car rides on the Interstate. I actually improved my mileage status when I played the old man - drove in the right hand lane at 60 mph. I set the AC at 73 degrees and put the cruise control on staying steady at 60 mph.
I have to do an 82 mile, one way commute, once a month. Newport, RI to Providence, RI to Westerly, RI. I drive route US 1 for half the trip and I-95 for the last half. Surprisingly, I-95 is always the more effiecient route.
The one consideration I will add is that I live on the coast and any elevation higher than 60 feet is considered a mountain. We have very flat terrain and I think that helps.
Developing confidence in your "Range Anxiety" takes a few weeks of driving. At this point I have a good feel for how far I can go and use the car within those parameters. I like to do those once per month long trips just to keep my confidence up.....