Chicago IL to San Diego, CA Prius PHEV Adventure

Discussion in 'Toyota Prius Family' started by xcel, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    In chronological order…

    Stuck on the I-70 in CO during a Spring Snowstorm

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    The plow truck up ahead was smoking like crazy???

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    Get Off I-70!

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    Where the Corolla is currently parked at a McDonald's in Vail, CO.​

    The good news is the tow truck operator said the State police told him the disabled/crashed trucks have all been removed and the Interstate may be open in 30 + minutes!

    Wayne
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I-70 Eastbound was just opened a few minutes ago so I am back on the road in < 10 minutes :)

    Wayne
     
  3. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    Good luck! Take your time,
     
  4. bethomas463

    bethomas463 Slow Rider

    another 70 mph shot! wayne, you speed demon!

    ahhh i miss those days in colorado (not)

    as i spend so much time on I90 most of the people in ditches are like that SUV.

    never been stuck with any of my cars living in IL, IA, and Colorado

    (84 pontiac 6000 LE, 97 Cavalier Z24, 96 cavalier, 91 MR2 Turbo, 91 MR2 Turbo, 96 maxima, 01 maxima, 09 civic) only now with my wifes previous 07 sante fe and now 11 vera cruz have i had an SUV to occasionally drive in the snow.
     
  5. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    Full winter tires would be a godsend right about now, huh?

    I'm glad to see that both battery packs on the Prius Plugin can be charged with regen. I wonder how much plugging it in at each (or most) stops would have improved the FE?
     
  6. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    both?.. just one big pack
     
  7. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    I did a 20 minute charge on an almost empty pack on a 2012 Pip, and all I
    got was about 3 or so miles of EV range. The level 2 charger would charge
    most BEVs at 6.6 kW, but the PIP was only drawing 1.9 kW. It must be due
    to the small pack and keeping the C rate reasonable, and possibly limited by
    the onboard charger.

    This is to say, unless you have lots of time to spare on a long distance trip,
    you would probably not be able to get much EV range to help improve your
    average mpg. Of course, every little bit helps, as it's been shown the
    regenerative braking boosts to the pack is a great help.

    Cheers,
    Bill
     
  8. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    You're probably right. There was a time when they had 3 equal-sized
    packs, two for charge depletion mode and one for hybrid mode. At
    least that's my recollection from the demonstrator units, back when
    Wayne drove one at a Toyota event in Littleton, MA.

    Cheers,
    Bill
     
  9. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    It is actually split into a 2 component modules although it's treated as a single pack.
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Made it back after 973 harrowing miles in 19 hours. Got through 458 e-mails and am considering going to sleep for the next 2 days ;)

    More tomorrow.

    Wayne
     
  11. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Glad you got back safely - get some well earned rest Wayne!
     
  12. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    WOW that's just about 2 emails per mile. Get some rest, glad you made it back OK.
     
  13. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    Welcome home, Wayne. Where the heck did that storm come
    from? Glad you're through safely.

    Bill
     
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Thanks for the warm wishes. I have a ton of pics to process and upload but all in, from the UT/CO border all the way home it was either raining, snowing, white out, shut down or a 15 to 25 mph headwind :(

    First tank ended at 57.1 mpg. A tail wind from the Cajon pass all the way to the UT/CO border. From there it was "not so good" the rest of the way. 39.7, 39.3 and 43.5 as I pulled into the drive a few hours ago.

    Wayne
     
  15. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    So you averaged 44.9 mpg with some fuel sucking extreme conditions you encountered and you're complaining again? :p

    Tisk Tisk what are we going to do with you Wayne? :D

    Al
     
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Al:

    You know me to well ;)

    Wayne
     
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Just 48 hours ago...

    I-70 Reopens over Vail Pass

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    Mile of trucks chaining up just minutes after opening I-70 Eastbound toward Denver.

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    Climbing in a blizzard.

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    Vail Pass – I should have been driving a snowmobile instead!

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    Road, what road?

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    Finally reach the Eisenhower tunnel.​

    Very few people were on I-70 after it opened up and at some points, there was no cars or trucks within a mile. Kind of spooky to be coasting down a 3 to 6% grade mountain pass in a blizzard with nobody else around?

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013
  18. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    just dont look down over the cliff
     
  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I stayed at a Rest Area just east of Fort Morgan as the snow continued. It was quiet enough that you could hear the snow falling against the windows of the Corolla.

    The snow had stopped by morning but the winds had switched direction leading to very icy roads for the first 100 miles. Only after Fort Morgan where the plows using a chemical solution to melt the ice ladened Interstate.

    I-76 to I-80 heading home


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    A possible fatality on I-76 as the Colorado State Troopers were measuring the skid distance of this accident.

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    Blowing snow and strong head/side winds on I-76

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    Trucker in the snow... Whoops.

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    Another accident

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    This guy or gal is not getting out anytime soon.

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    Crossing into Nebraska. The snow storm was experienced all the way to North Platte!

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    C.R. England Trucker at 57 mph and DWL across Nebraska and some of Iowa. I called the dispatch and gave kudo's to the driver!

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    Crossing into Iowa with a 15 to 20 mph headwind :(

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    Council Bluffs Rest Area – One of the best.​

    Wayne
     
  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Laid down to take a nap about 06:00 PM. Woke up at 10:00 PM and I am still tired :rolleyes:

    Wayne
     

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