rickp
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Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:12 am

I drove about 12 miles along the coast from Manhattan Beach CA to the Chevy dealer (Bunnin) in Culver City with a passenger and a dog. Having topped off at the free charger in the MB City Hall parking structure, we went from 83 to 81 indicated miles. This was over fairly flat terrain, no air conditioning.

On the way back home about the same distance with A/C running, the indicated remaining miles dropped by about 10. So running the A/C as well as possible differences in the terrain on the return trip made a difference.

Driving in L works great for me since acceleration, either normal or sport remains the same while you can do most of your slowing and braking by just easing off on the accelerator. The aggressive regeneration in L will slow you down quickly and you only need to apply brake to come to a stop.

This car is really fun to drive.

wutangmo15
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Location: Bay Area

Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:58 am

I just drove the Spark EV to work today. Started with an 89 mile range full charge. Got to work with a 97 mile range. Total drive was 9.68 miles and computer reported 9.1m/kwh. Drive was slightly downhill with many stop lights. Will update after my drive home.

yesngo
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Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:35 pm

Drove to work for the first time today, which is 64 miles round-trip, all highway. It was 79 degrees in the morning and about 86 on the way home. I had my A/C and radio on almost the entire trip. Moderate amount of traffic, with speeds ranging from 50-70, with a couple of times down to about 10 mph for a minute or two. Subtle starts and stops, no gunning it. Mostly flat with one big hill about 2 miles long.

Left in the morning with a full charge. When I got home, it said I still had 41% of my battery remaining with 40 miles of range. Very happy with the results. Now I can start enjoying the sport mode a little more often.

scotte
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Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:38 pm

Unless you are driving constantly at freeway speeds, or running the climate control full blast, exceeding the 82 mile advertised range isn't hard at all.

Here's a picture after my drive from Saturday plus a couple of days of round-town driving. 56.8 miles since full charge, and between 41-48 in the remaining bracket (sorry, dark garage and didn't realize the actual mileage got washed out, but I think it was 45 or 46).

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rickp
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Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:26 am

Drove about 44 miles around the Palos Verdes Peninsula from Manhattan Beach. On a cloudy cool day, no air conditioning was needed.

I took the surface streets to the Forrestal nature preserve, drove around the neighborhood and got about 20 road miles on 15 charge miles. On the return home, I got 24 road miles on 22 charge miles as most of the mileage was on the freeway.

The car does very well in recovering charge on down grade runs and I like to drive it in L gear and modulate speed and braking with the throttle pedal.

So far am averaging about 4.6 miles/kw of electricity

wutangmo15
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Location: Bay Area

Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:55 am

I'm at 475 miles now and am now at 100 MPGe and averaging 4.4 miles / kwh.

markcmann
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Location: Southern California

Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:11 am

I'm currently at 611 total miles, showing 105 MPGe and averaging 4.1 miles / kWh. This is about 80% freeway driving with the A/C set at 70 degrees, the fan set to 1 or 2 and the XM radio playing. Also, sometimes when running around town I'll put it in Sport mode and have a little fun. :D

TonyWilliams
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Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:14 am

Here's your chance to compare you Spark "on par" with a Nissan LEAF for freeway range. I would like to do a range test on a San Diego area Spark EV. It is a very simple course that you can view here. We drive the 80 mile loop at 100km/hr ground speed, or about 65 mph indicated on your dash.

Here's a previous test with a Nissan LEAF:

http://insideevs.com/real-world-test-20 ... eaf-range/

Please email me at DriveGreen@QuickChargePower.com if you are interested.
Contrary to many folks here, I do NOT own a LEAF.

wutangmo15
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Location: Bay Area

Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:22 pm

I'm at 834 miles now with 108 MPGe and averaging 4.5 miles / kwh. I'm about 50/50 between highway and city lately. Radio is always on and A/C is on 50% of the time.

jsca72
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Location: Central Coast, California

Re: Spark trip, efficiency, and range logs

Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:34 am

Hi, I posted most of this on another thread, but I'll cut and paste some of it here because it fits this thread.

I had to go 77 miles away from my home to buy my Spark EV which meant I tested its range on day one. I drove 80 actual miles and used 73 range miles of the Spark. Of course I was driving like a snail and taking my foot off the gas on downhills. Thank goodness I was on 4-lane highways so no one had to get stuck behind me. Love the car! When I did have to merge, the Spark EV was full of pep. I was lucky I was able to get behind two slow moving CalTrans trucks to help me pace myself or I would have been flying down that highway. The Spark EV's slow recharging is definitely going to limit its driving range; but for 90% of the type of driving I do, it will be the perfect car.

As far as the Sparks being floored in test drives, I know that's what I did when I test drove the one I got. I wanted to be sure it had the get up and go and fun-driving factor when I needed it. I drove it back to the dealership more conservatively to test for range. I had tested a Prius C similarly the previous day and was so disappointed.

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