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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-23-2018, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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So far I love it, it says I'm getting 45mpg (I need to check what the car says against paper calculations.)

Now, they say it gets better mileage on city street vs Hwy streets. And I have 13 miles to/from work and home each day. I have 55/70 mph hwy I can take most of the way or 40/50 city streets, with some stop signs/lights. Both about the same time, if there's any kind of backup on the hwy. Which would get me better gas mileage? LOL
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-23-2018, 09:24 PM
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Try it and report back. But I'd bet on the steady 55 mph choice, trying to keep it electric beginning and end of trip.

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I'd say the 40/50 city streets, depending how you drive. If you accelerate smoothly, and anticipate slowdowns and stops, so you can coast. 40/50 MPH seems about the optimal speed to go into EV mode. You might do better with a steady 55MPH, but who does that? You mentioned 55/70.


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DC region, 55 mph if the traffic is doing 70 is dangerous. Have to keep up with the flow, also have a fast lane exit coming and going.
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Well, 60 then. I've driven extensively in DC, and half the fun on the Beltway is dodging those slow movers (I drove briskly to understate the style). Safe is within 10 miles of traffic speed, or so they say (I'm more used to 10 over than under historically).

The deal is that aerodynamic losses are greater at highway speed (the difference between 55 and 70 is dramatic). But regenerative braking cannot recapture all the losses from continued starts and stops. So just theoretically, you will probably do better at 55 on the beltway/95/66 et cetera.

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I just military transferred from DC to CA, and picked up a NIRO PHEV out here. I can say traffic here moves just as fast as DC does. Only caveat is the hills and elevation changes out here is more drastic. I avg 70mph with Cruise control, and get 42mpg on gas (trip home with elevation change , uphill) going to work with 22-miles avg all electric at hwy speed and gas I'm averaging 72mpg. cant complain there!

55-65mph would be ideal, but traffic will crush you in DC driving that slow...maybe at night you can try that. I say move with traffic or use adaptive cruise control.

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Have not found "adaptive cruise control" 7" of owners manual is rather daunting. LOL
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I have found the acc on the right side of the steering but can't figure out how to reset distance. Of course I've only had it for six wks.
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But I am getting great gas mileage.
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I have found the acc on the right side of the steering but can't figure out how to reset distance. Of course I've only had it for six wks.
Dedicated button for distance on the lower left - still right side of wheel. This button does double duty for switching to standard CC, just hold for a two seconds when CC is on, but not controlling the speed.

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