August 17, 2022 – temperature in the mid to upper 80’s and clear skies
Starting with 100% charge, I left the Nolin office around 7:40am for a meeting at East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) in Winchester, KY. The total distance is 214 miles roundtrip.
The Ford app showed a full charge last evening with 290 miles estimated range. This morning, the car dashboard display showed an estimated range of 284 miles.
Once on the road, driving this EV is enjoyable. The pick-up and handling make it easy to drive and there are plenty of features with this model that provide added safety. I was conservative with what I used in the car such as the radio and air for this first long trip. I did use the air set at 68 degrees with a low fan the entire time and no radio or other “extra” features.
With no traffic delays beyond a few miles of construction (speed limit reduced from 70 to 55), I arrived at EKPC with a 62% charge and 168 mile range. That would have been plenty of charge for my return trip, but as there was a charger available at EKPC, I plugged it in. Below is the dash display after 3 hours and 27 minute charge at EKPC.
Some notes about the last two charging events:
The charge yesterday at the Nolin office (level 2 charger) added 228 miles in 8 hours and 31 minutes (average .45 miles/minute or 27 miles/hr). The charge at EKPC (level 2) added 108 miles in 3 hours and 27 minutes (average .52 miles/minute or 31.2 miles/hr). One variable in these charging events was the amount of charge they began with, another variable is the charger itself. This is something I will watch going forward.
With an uneventful drive back to E’town, I arrived with a 64% charge and 180 mile range. I used an estimated 116 miles of charge going to EKPC (106 actual miles driven) and 97 miles of charge on the return trip (102.7 actual miles driven). Driving patterns and weather conditions were similar for each trip, I am unsure at this point what else might account for the difference in the amount of energy used.