I made a few trips yesterday and today. The best REAL result was 47.8. Today-s trips show some 39+ some 40+, but they involved mountains, fast moving traffic, rain and wind and night time with climate control working (but A/C off).
What I find out:
- Premium gas in CA makes some difference
- Tires must have 38 - 48 psi pressure (they had 34 when I checked them first time)
- Night time, rain, wind, working climate control dramatically decrease mpg
- The best results are when I ride on cruise with 63 mpg and then in small city (as usual, 35 - 40 mph and almost 100% on breaking)
- Mountains drops mpg too, as even if battery have enough capacity to charge on discent (our is not big enough, even in moderate mountains), energy do not recuperate 100%.
- Break in time is important too - moleage was dramatically low until 1000 - 1200 miles.
- Cruising faster then 63 mph eliminates EV mode and it decreases mpg.
So I think that EPA tests can show about 42 - 45 mpg, especially if they never drive 70 - 75 or in mountains.
Edited by stranger267, 02 December 2012 - 04:25 AM.