With the onset of cold weather my parents have seen a major drop in their driving efficiency. Normally they see 22-24 miles of range on the battery. AC use in the summer would drop that to around 18-20 miles. Now with the cold weather and using heat they're seeing only about 11-13 miles of range. Temperatures dropped a few days ago from being in the 70s to now in the low 30s overnight and mid 40s during the day so now heat is needed when driving.
They are not into fiddling with settings and things to conserve energy. I'm trying to get them to use Go Times to preheat the cabin now before the leave on trips. Since they are both retired and have a fairly minimal set schedule that repeats this is a bit of a challenge though. They leave the HVAC on all the time and my dad never fiddles with the settings. He just gets in and drives. My mom and I aren't sure if he even knows how to turn the HVAC on/off or adjust settings even if he would need to.
So, taking all that into account, what winter driving tips can I give them so that they can maximize their battery range and also maximize their efficiency in hybrid mode. This link takes you to a thread I started on the Fusion Hybrid Forum geared toward maximizing the hybrid efficiency in the winter. I can share with them the tips that apply to the hybrid portion of their car, but I'm looking for help from the Energi owners for driving in electric mode in the cold weather. I doubt that they'll be interested in waiting to turn on the heat and other things though.
Also, where is the engine block heater plug located? Their window sticker indicates that their car has a block heater, as do all Ford hybrid/Energi models sold in MN, but my dad and I haven't been able to find the plug location. Thanks!
Edited by hybridbear, 17 October 2013 - 07:23 AM.