Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Easing Into Winter

The other day I decided to drive with the heat on for my entire commute to work. It was in the 50s so I set the fan to 1 and turned on the heat to 2 clicks. I also had the head lights on as it was foggy. Yes my range dropped, about 10%, after the 20 miles I had 90 left, I'm usually around 100 left. My % was at 83% while I'm normally at 88% to 90%.

On my return I had the wipers and lights on as it was raining, no heat, plus drove a little harder. The MINI E is fun in the rain. When all was said and done I did around 41 miles that day and had 63 miles left on the range indicator and 62% on the capacity, about 1% for 1 mile. Since I'm on the 110 I will fall behind during the week, with the wall box installed it won't be an issue for my commute, now if I want to take a 100 mile biz trip again that might be a real challenge.

Stay tuned.


  1. I think it would be interesting to cover the range indicator before your daily drive and see what you end up with.

  2. Which gauge do you pay more attention to; the battery % or the MPH?

  3. @CK - like driving blind, I might be too scared ;) Actually it should not change too much, I just like see what's up on the computer and don't change my drving style much - but I will try it.
    @Phil - I watch the 'miles left' mostly, used to watch % but it freaked me out watching it drop and not knowing what it really meant for how far I could go. Miles left was better for me and now that my range is up miles left is my passion. I'm not a fan of the speedo in the middle of the dash, MINI standard, so I don't look at it much.