Jan 05, 2014 - 07:53 PM
2. Use ECO mode instead of COMFORT if you can.
3. Always use the heated seats first instead of the cabin heat since the cabin heat uses something around 100 times the power (75 watts vs 4500 watts or something like that. Someone hooked a meter up to the battery and measured how much wattage everything took including the radio!)
4. Always drive in L gear to maximize regeration. Be careful not to let off the gas pedal too quickly with people close behind since the brake lights don't come on. Learn to "feather out" the pedal to slow down slowly.
5. Make sure to use recirculate on the cabin heat so that it's not having to heat the cold outside air and just heat the inside air like a warm little air bubble.
6. Keep the green ball centered and happy with the green leaves!
Here's some links that explain it all better and maybe have things I forgot:
Jan 05, 2014 - 08:16 PM
1. Use remote-start to pre-heat the cabin while still connected to the charger.
2. Avoid driving faster than 55 MPH.
3. Wear a warm coat and gloves and leave the heat off.
4. Only turn the heat on to Defrost or to ECO when needed to remove condensation from the windows. (The Defrost mode consumes more power, but the air is better directed to only the front and side windows, so I find it can be more effective than ECO left on almost all the time during the journey.)
5. If your journey is long enough that you go into extended range mode, set the Climate air control to any setting except "floor and windshield," as that setting is the most likely to still use the air conditioning to dry the air, which may not be necessary when you have the relative abundance of heat from the ICE and can turn the fan up higher to "flood" the cabin with warm air.
Jan 05, 2014 - 08:40 PM
Also, the pre-heat option is terrific to use while the car is plugged in, HOWEVER keep in mind that it works best with a L2 charger. If you are charging at 110, the charger will not be able to keep up with the heat demand and therefore you will drain the car's high voltage battery and reduce your range. In general, the L2 (240V) charger can pretty much keep up with the heat demand.