We had to do the same trip to the airport the following weekend. This time we used ECO mode on the trip to the airport, and DRIVE on the way back. We had more charge left than last time! The important thing about this trip is that we realised what an important role level ground makes to fuel efficiency. The trip to the airport is almost all uphill. The trip home is almost all downhill. So, in calculating where you are going, these factors need to be taken into account. The verdict ... this car needs a much longer range.
The other thing we've concluded is that you need to be able to just plug the car into any powerpoint to recharge. At the moment, the trial has partnered with BetterPlace to provide charging stations. However, you need a special plug (and the station of course) to recharge. There is an adaptor for a powerpoint, but it must be 15 amps (normal powerpoints are 10 amps). I get the use of dedicated charging stations for public places, but there has to be a fallback (other than calling a tow truck) if you run out of charge.
|The charging station|
Thanks for all of your questions and interest in this car and the trial. As I mentioned in previous posts, we're not being paid in any way to participate, so our review of this car is as we experience it on a day-to-day basis. This car/technology has such potential, and hopefully feedback from this trial (including your comments) will make it more practical and viable.
Have a great Friday!