In an effort to help those whose thoughts run toward battery electric vehicles (BEVs), let me introduce you to the “Range View” gauge, on the Ford Focus Electric 2015, showing how much “gas” is left in the tank, i.e. the 39 miles posted on the battery icon. With 39 miles remaining before requiring a recharge, the screen shows I’ve added approximately 28 miles since driving off the dealer’s lot. Yes, 39 plus 28 equals ONLY 67 miles of range! However, keep in mind the range is just a guideline (I started out showing a 71 mile range). How you drive, the speed you travel, whether you’re uphill or downhill from your destination and how much heat is to your liking will all factor in. The computer will adjust its estimate on the fly.
I much appreciate the patience of Larry Lungarini at Sarat Ford Agawam for explaining the basics yesterday, before sending me on my way. Stay tuned, I hope to post next a novice EV driver’s thoughts and mistakes on maximizing that limited range....