Here is another video for you showing the delights of this car:
I topped the car off in Patterson, NJ where gas was cheap at $1.89/gallon credit ($1.79 cash) and from there I was able to drive to Lehighton, PA and then onwards up to Hazelton for breakfast the next day. Then from there I drove 9% battery to get on the highway at 88% (I-80), set the cruise to 65/66 mph and stayed in the car in motion all the way to Lima, OH.
Without using the HVB at all, the car's ICE net 43.7mpg all the way through PA and to Akron, OH. There I used some battery due to traffic, 6% to be exact down to 82%, and from there I went all the way until about 25 miles out of Lima at 44.2mpg before I burned the rest of the battery in AUTO mode as I was stopping for dinner there and figured I could charge some while I ate.
I tried to go to a Ford dealer there but their HV charger even though I powered it on with the breaker would not start charging the car. I messed with it for 15 minutes, asked them for help, and they couldn't figure it out either they said it works all the time, well not for my car. So I left and drove to Applebees where I found an outlet outside (tried Texas Roadhouse first but no outlets found) and plugged in while I ate and checked my emails. I was able to add 40% to the battery using just the 120v stock charger.
From there I drove the country roads at 55 to 60mph (65 was too fast at night afraid of deer or animals in the road) and then finally used the last 40% of battery to get to my hotel in Muncie.
Ended up burning 18.25 gallons, less than last year by over a gallon I did better this year by making sure the car was not using HVB at much as possible on the highway (to prevent recharging). So even without the HVB for over 400 mile leg I still net 43.7mpg in EV later. Someone please tell me again how/when/why are people complaining that this car doesn't net the original 43mpg estimate that Ford posted??
Attached are pictures of my trip between gas stations, I love the long range as it allowed me to skip over all the expensive gas stations in between and hit only the lowest price ones between my house and Muncie. When I stopped in Lima to get gas, I still had 44 miles range of gas left! A full tank showed a total of 614 miles range on gas only. I'm also posting a picture of the trip meter where you can see I only used about 2.5 charges for the entire trip and net 48.6mpg. I charged at home overnight before departure, in Lehighton overnight plus 19% earlier in the evening to go to get something to eat and back (didn't use it all), and at Applebees another 40%.
Hope you enjoy your Cmax as much as I do mine! I've shut down the ICE last night around 10:45pm and finished my trip on the remainder of the HVB arriving at the hotel on the hybrid battery (my estimate of when to shut down the engine was right on) and now I won't have to run it at all until I leave next weekend, driving about 20 miles a day on average on the HVB. I setup a value charge profile here at the hotel (from last year) and I just plug it in when I get back and it kicks of charging at 3am so its ready by 9am for me.
Edited by rbort, 30 July 2016 - 08:59 PM.