I've leased a 2015 energi and so far, after 3 weeks, I love it. I've been reading this forum to try and improve my efficiency but haven't made significant improvements so far so thought I'd toss out a few pleas for advice. I live in SE Michigan so will be dealing with cold temps for the next several months.
My commute is about 20 miles each way, with about 14 miles on the freeway. In the mornings, the traffic levels are reasonable and I don't hit many slowdowns. In the afternoons, however, the first 5-6 miles of my freeway drive tend to be stop and go. Of course, a single accident either way and all bets are off. I do not have a charging option at work so just have the overnight charge to go on.
So far, I've experimented with a few things. I've tried starting the journey in auto and then switching to EV later a mile or two before I hit the expressway. I seem to get a little more bang for my battery buck that way but not that much. My overall MPG is at about 59 or so but seems to be trending down.
Using the driving coach display, I seem to have problems with "cruising", especially when the freeway is clear. My braking seems to be getting better - I think that's just going to be a matter of practice. Same with acceleration; as long as I'm consciously thinking about it, I do okay. If I'm not, I'll bang the gas pedal and see a yellow line. I'm coming from a MB C-class so it's definitely a VERY different way of driving that I'm trying to learn. :-)
1. What are the most important things I should be working on to improve my efficiency?
2. How do I improve my cruising scores, especially on the freeway? Also - why is this important (other than I'm not actively burning gas)
3. What is the best way to use my EV time during my typical commute?
There's a chance they'll be installing some charging ports here at work in the new year, which would be great. In the meantime, I want to do the best I can with what I have.
Oh, and tangent question: I plug in overnight at home. Some mornings, my battery will say fully charged and indicate I have a 20 mile range. Other mornings, it will say 19 or even 17. I've had one day where it gave me 21. What gives? No change in temp from yesterday morning (20) to this morning (17).
Thanks so much from a newbie!