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Updated - Destinations: Hershey Park & Disney World

Updated - Destinations: Hershey Park & Disney World

My red mistress (S60) hasn't been getting much love lately as it has been given the JT treatment. It has only seen daylight in the weekends over the last few weeks.

I never had any plans to take my baby out of its 100 miles radius when I bought it last year. However, since it has been neglected recently, I may take it on a family trip to Hershey (180 miles away). I can squat in Chocolate World for 10 hours and get a full charge for a return trip without using the Supercharger. There are plenty of level 2 charging stations along the trip so I am not concerned with this trip.

The trip in question is going down south to Disney World. I will need to hit 9 SC along I95. Should I press my luck to go from Savannah to St. Augustine (171 miles) in my S60? I expect to go the speed limit for this stretch and resume the lead foot for the rest of the trip while most of the kiddies are sleeping.

I know it's a breeze for the 85s. Anyone care to comment?

PS - My three youngest rug rats won't be able to sit still in a plane for a 3 hours flight. We've tried it with one and it was a nightmare for the other passengers!

Summary:
Start of trip: 206 miles / full charge.
Trip = 175 miles.
Actual usage = 180 miles @65 mph 90% cruise control @ 297 Wh/m.
Remaining range = 26 miles.

Return trip: 209 miles / full charge.
Trip = 175 miles.
Actual usage = 195 miles @76 mph cruise control with occasional spirited driving @335 Wh/m.
Remaining range = 14 miles.

My normal daily city driving would use about 400 Wh/m in my S60. Cruise control at 65 mph pretty much nail the rated range at 297 Wh/m. Either the battery balancing was working or the system provided a much more accurate charge indication. The battery was drained below 30 miles and fully charged to 100% the same day. My max change range went up from 205 last week to 209 miles range after 3 consecutive full charges.

Bighorn | August 8, 2014

Santee to Savannah looks to be 112 miles

Mathew98 | August 8, 2014

Correction between Savannah and St. Augustine.

Bighorn | August 8, 2014

Evtripper shows 196 rated miles (204 if it's hot and you're using AC) because the bulk is on I-95 doing 75. A range charge and willingness to slow down make it doable .

Mathew98 | August 10, 2014

Summary:
Start of trip: 206 miles / full charge.
Trip = 175 miles.
Actual usage = 180 miles @65 mph 90% cruise control @ 297 Wh/m.
Remaining range = 26 miles.

Return trip: 209 miles / full charge.
Trip = 175 miles.
Actual usage = 195 miles @76 mph cruise control with occasional spirited driving @335 Wh/m.
Remaining range = 14 miles.

My normal daily city driving would use about 400 Wh/m in my S60. Cruise control at 65 mph pretty much nail the rated range at 297 Wh/m.

Either the battery balancing was working or the system provided a much more accurate charge indication. The battery was drained below 30 miles and fully charged to 100% the same day. My max change range went up from 205 last week to 209 miles range after 3 consecutive full charges.

I'm not concerned about the spacing between the super charging stations any longer. I will conserve and stick to 65 mph for the longest leg between the SC stations (170 miles) and gun it on all other legs of 130 miles or less.

tes-s | August 11, 2014

My three youngest rug rats won't be able to sit still in a plane for a 3 hours flight.

An 18-hour drive to Florida should be lots of fun!! :)

Actually, I'm sure it will be. Enjoy!

CraigW | August 11, 2014

Drove my MS60 across the US (west to east) and down the coast to Tampa, FL in June. No problems. The longest stretch was from Savannah to St. Augustine - no problems and I even had a very hard rainstorm to drive through. If you are worried I would advise you keep your speed around 60mph on cruise and ignore the people and trucks passing you - your ego will survive, I promise.

Mathew98 | August 11, 2014

Craig - Thanks for the confirmation. All my passengers were snoozing while my CC was set to 65 mph on the first leg to Hershey. I can drive conservatively when needed. I am just hoping I won't need to do so too often.

It just doesn't feel right if you don't use the go peddle on the MS. It's a blessing that only 11% of the trip would require snooze inducing driving style.

kenj | August 11, 2014

Just did the Savannah to St Augustine run on Saturday in my 60 (yeah I know I took the Supercharger thread off a little - but it was about status on the SC in Jacksonville).

Didn't do a range change at Savannah - it's a long story. Left Savannah with 196, locked it on 65 (range mode from beginning), half way through kicked it up to 70 and although the navigation took me on the loop around Jacksonville made it to St. Augustine with 15 miles to spare.

Heads up! St. Augustine SC is actually in the middle of the lot, across from the food court. Navigation said it was near the entrance. This info is on the SC info thread Ibut alas I did not look.

That was the longest leg for me for my trip from NY to Orlando.

Mathew98 | August 11, 2014

@Kenji - I plan on an overnight stay near the NC super charger for the same NY to Orlando trip in a few weeks. Are there any construction or speed trap along the way?

kenj | August 11, 2014

@matthew98
The biggest construction was on the NJ turnpike. Thought I would hit Hamilton leaving queensboro/Ed Koch bridge @ 2pm. Hit Hamilton NJ @ 4:30pm. Ouch. At least 1 hour later than planned. That was the biggest snag. Everything else went without a hitch.

I locked most times no more than 5 mph over the speed limit. No traps for me. Although those blowing by me were stopped several times.

Bighorn | August 11, 2014

@kenj
Did someone in a grey MS from WY give you the wave at Hamilton?

kenj | August 13, 2014

@bighorn Sure did! Happy travels.

Bighorn | August 13, 2014

@kenj
That's awesome--enjoy your journey!