We took our first long trip in the really hot weather this weekend. We drove on Friday from Phoenix to LA. I was meeting an old high school friend who is a film producer/director for the Cine Gear expo on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. Although summer is officially a couple of weeks away that has never stopped Phoenix from starting early. The car was loaded with two adults, cooler, luggage, some camera equipment and our two emergency "go-bags" each weighing 50lbs. We left mid-morning Friday and it was already 105˚. I switched to EV Later after some local driving and reserved 17 EV miles. I decided I was going to drive close to the speed limit most of the way. That meant 75 in AZ and 70 in CA. A Tesla passed me along the way and I thought where is he going? It's 300 miles to Palm Springs and there are very few towns along the way. Our first stop in Quartzsite, 140 miles and 2 hours of driving, we only averaged about 38mpg. For some reason maybe the speed, the car would hardly ever switch to EV on this leg. In Quartzsite I got the answer to my Tesla question. At the Carl's Jr. there were 8 dedicated Tesla charging stations, 7 of which were occupied, including the guy that passed me doing 80mph. After Quartzsite it was non stop to Woodland Hills, north of LA. That leg was 262 miles with lots of elevation changes. I was even able to put 8 miles back on the HVB on the big hill down into Palm Springs. I am posting photos of much of this. That leg was 42.1 mpg. Remember this was at mostly 70mph with the A/C set to 73˚ with an ambient temperature of 116˚. Friday night I was able to charge for free at my friend's condo garage that had two NRG stations.
Saturday going to the show and then driving home we made several more stops. LA traffic for the first hour or so was bumper to bumper for about 45 miles. A quick stop for a snack and then another 45 miles of mostly open road and a very hilly drive on I-10 to Banning for coffee. From Banning, it was non stop to home (300 miles), up the mountain from Palm Springs to the not so flat desert to Phoenix. I used eco cruise for the entire trip, except the stop and go in LA and one accident outside Palm Springs. I tried to maintain between 65-75 mph. Again outside temps were 115˚ and inside a very comfortable 73˚. The window tint really kept the car cooler and helped the A/C. You can see by the photos our trip log there and back, some of the temp and mileage readings and our final trip meter.
I have to say that for a car that is almost two tons that we added about another 450 lbs to on this trip, with only a 2 liter engine to be able to get over 42mpg at real highway speeds is phenomenal!