Flat driving = more range

I took the car out to Cambridge this weekend which from Jericho is a relatively flat drive, at least compared to driving into Burlington. The range improved appreciably, perhaps that was also because the speed in 50 mph on Route 15. It did make me see anew the impact that our hills and dales have on our transportation energy use.

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2 thoughts on “Flat driving = more range

  1. Does the Leaf have a “braking” mode, like the Prius? I’d think that would help considerably on hilly terrain, because you’d get back a little on the downhill. Of course, there’s always the second law of thermodynamics 😉

    • Yes, the LEAF has re-generative braking but the energy it requires to get up the hills is less than the energy it regenerates going down.

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