It was a cold and long drive from Jericho to Rutland last night but with a stop in Middlebury at the ACRPC for charging (and fueling at the Middlebury Food Coop), I made it to Rutland. The ambient air temperature was in the low 20’s and I drove at about 45 mph (except when the speed zone was 25 I actually drove 25).
I was able to plug in to my brother’s external outlet and it reached the car without an extension cord. It said it would take 19 hours to re-charge but 12 hours later it was done.
The drive back was a little faster and while the air temperature was about the same the sun was out. I didn’t turn on the heat either direction to increase range and while my body was warm my feet did get cold. I wonder how much range would really be sacrificed in cars had better insulation. While it would clearly add some weight you wouldn’t need as much heat and cooling – just like air sealing and insulating your house.
My stop in Middlebury on the way back created me with 3 cars plugged in!
I made it both ways with 8 miles to spare at the end. I might wait to do it again until it’s 60 degrees out or I get the next version of the LEAF that will have more range and better heating.