NORTON wrote: neomaxcom wrote:
....Frankly, it might be superfluous as I mostly know where I'm going
...The main claim to fame is the inclusion of 'ask google-tell google' or siri for the apple.
Yeah, you can't get too far away from home with this car if you don't have DCFC.
The one time I really used my nuvi was on a cold airport run.
I got a charge after dropping off the GF and thought I gave it enough of a buffer to make it to work. I didn't stay to even 80% I remember...
Once cruising on the interstate at 80-ish I saw the GOM and the nuvi 'Distance to Destination' numbers getting closer together.
So I slowed down to the speed limit, 65, turned down the cabin heat to 67° and the numbers started separating again.
That's the one function I need,,, but rarely...
I'm surrounded by two lane roads and paved pig trails. Being from the region in the east where the Appalachian's begin just west and north of Atlanta, most roads meander through the countryside. The only really straight roads are state highways where the combination of traffic and hills keeps traffic moving at predictable speedss. I think these roads explain why I like using the L setting as you can slow for that car ahead turning left or slow and then accelerate out of corners one after another. With the L selected, the braking is just letting off the accelerator. While you're not going as fast as you would if you were flooring both pedals; the technique lets you drive 'comfortably' faster than you would without the feature and avoiding the brake. It is just smoother.
jsca72 wrote:Sounds like your car is doing just fine for its age.
I have an LT1 without the DCFC that I bought new in July 2013. I live on the Central Coast of California so the weather here is pretty mild in comparison to other states.
In my normal driving, I don't "baby" my car. I drive it as I would drive a gasser. I run the heater if I'm cold and the AC if I'm hot. I never drive in L; I just don't like the feel of it. It takes away all the fun of driving this little EV.
Now four and half years in and 39,000 miles on the odometer, when I get in my car, the GOM usually guesses I have 68 mile range. If I'm going to need to drive more than that, I use all the tricks to pull out the extra miles… taking backroads and frontage roads instead of the highway when possible; coasting and long braking when I can; keeping my MPH below 60; not running the heater (though I don't give up my heated seat).
Have I ever missed having DCFC? Nope. I have a level 2 charging station in my garage and plug in as soon as I pull into the garage. If I didn't have that option and had to always charge at public stations, a DCFC would be mandatory. But, it still wouldn't help me since we don't have any Level 3 chargers in town. Plus I'm not going to take road trips in one hour increments so having a fast charge capability will be more important in a future car that has the possibility of going at least 240 miles.
Four and a half years in and I have no desire to replace this little car. It looks great, is fun to drive, and never lets me down. I'm going to run it as long as I can. Hope you enjoy your Sparkie as much as I enjoy mine!
Your post adds to my confidence about my purchase. I was aware of winter's impact on miles but being unfamiliar with the car or even how it was driven previously - I suspect somewhat quickly as I took a ride the previous owners corvette and experienced the four-second 0-60 - I was not spooked by the 63 mile range on it fully charged but ...
I wish I had a DCFC and there are some DCFC 30 miles away in Atlanta but for longer trips we have the Volt, the pickup and for the time-being the POS 2001 Grand Marquis and 2005 Caravan (the latter two will be sold.) One of things that Fiat did with its 500e marketing did make sense. They provided buyers with two weeks of vehicle rental. I figure the savings on insurance on the two ICE cars will pay for a rentals in perpetuity. (I had multiple beaters because I never allowed myself to depend on a single ICE powered car.)
Outside Atlanta? Join our EV Club of the South!
I use BringGo in my 2014 Spark EV all the time. Here's how I have it setup: an old LG Nexus 5 smartphone resides in the glovebox, connected via USB cable that I snaked behind the glovebox behind the center stack and into the area where the USB port resides. It is connected to a 12V power port adapter.
The Nexus 5 has been rooted. It runs the latest Android OS (I can't remember what it is), and I "reprogrammed" it using the fastboot command so that it boots when power is applied if it was off. Another app, "Auto ShutDown when no charge", shuts down the phone when power is removed. Thus, the phone acts as an industrial device controller.
Hence, start the car, phone boots within 60 sec. It begins talking via Bluetooth to the car, and within another 20 sec the BringGo app is available on the car's touchscreen. Turn off the car, and the phone does a fast shutdown (really fast...like, only a few seconds and the screen goes dark).
This. Just. Works.
I'll look into joining the club, for sure. I happen to be acquainted with some of the neanderthals who changed the law regarding EVs in Georgia. What I don't know is who is carrying the water for EV's in the general assembly these days. Actually, i think that Koch money is largely behind the more stupid elements of the recent laws in Georgia.
I hadn't thought of using an older smartphone as a dedicated tool for the bringgo. I've generally used cheaper units with limited memory - I got new one with 32gb to cover this and some other apps - but if I clear all the other apps off the older phone, it may be capable of doing what you advise.