Day 4

The vehicle had 92 miles after an overnight charge. Knowing I only had a 50 mile round trip today I decided to push the vehicle and drive without trying to maintain energy equilibrium. I pushed the vehicle up to 70mph (previously I’d stuck to around 52-55mph) and noticed that the energy use white dots were reaching up to 5 and six. However on slowing down and breaking the green reharvesting dots were reaching the maximum of 4 – so driving faster and braking harder equalled out and I got back to my charge point with exactly 42 miles left.

So it was exactly mile for mile. I had not been able to save any energy but I hadn’t lost any by driving a little more intensive either. Great news for when I’m next up against the clock! I’m also now confident of taking the vehicle on the motorway and I’m starting to think that there is not much need to change the style of driving or worry too much on a daily routine.

Just when a journey extension or a trip out of the ordinary is needed there is a little more preparation to make sure you either have enough charge or a place en route to charge up. I left the overnight charger in the garage this morning but on second thoughts I think I would always put it back into the carry pack in the boot (or buy a spare) just incase I ever get caught short in the middle of rural Lincolnshire and need to knock on the door of a lonely farmhouse, hoping the farmer takes pity on me and allows a quick domestic re-charge. Unlikely to ever happen but then I was in the Girl Guides so its in my nature to ‘Be Prepared’ !!

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