Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Dec 1, 2020.
No snow here. But I am mentally prepared.
Yeah! It felt good
Going home Thursday, an accident caused a detour and lower MPG, 49°F:
44.5 / 19.6
Friday took my daughter's Fiat 500 to work so she and my wife could pack my car for a quick get-away Friday lunchtime.
Friday afternoon to our holiday home, super run considering the big climb and twisty roads at 80 miles (I was over 60mpg until then!), no hold-ups, 3UP, 48°F:
52.8 / 106.7
This evening popped to the local pub to collect takeaway meals, 46°F, strong winds S41:
27.5 / 2.7 - mostly uphill
Coming back, mostly downhill with some slow engine-off glides:
72.0 / 2.7
Tank up 0.9 at 48.6 (FCD 51.2) / 389.1 / Range 255 . Guess gauge F____|««««E . UG down 0.5 at 49.1 / DTE 274
Lost pip 3 (of 8) @ 298 miles
Half tank at 363 miles
Today in the Honda. 32 deg F in Naperville.
35.1 miles , fcd = 46.6 MPG.
Today , 44 deg F in Naperville and Elk Grove. And 40 in my garage.
35.1 miles , fcd = 65.2 x .943 = 61.5 MPG.
I track temps around home and garage and if the garage is ever lower than outside, I open a garage window or even the roll-up doors. I just have to watch to make sure no critters take advantage.
Difficult to do before your early morning commute though... Maybe keep an eye on weather forecasts and park outside if it looks like it'll warm up overnight?
Edit: one other thing I do is park outside on a warmer or sunny day and use the passive absorbed heat to warm up the garage later/that evening. Yes, I'm a bit crazy going to the trouble and micro-managing. (car shuffling on battery power allowed by BEVs and plug-ins)
" a bit crazy " ..............that could describe most of us here.
I shuffle the Prius in or out of the garage on battery power.
In the morning ( cold engine ) I get it out of the garage
quickly , then shut it off , then run inside to close the garage.
Coming home ( warm engine ) , it can sit for a little while in ready mode
while I go inside to open the garage.
Thanks for that info; I don't think I've ever tried to be quick enough to run our 2010 Prius in EV mode for cold shuffling. And once the ICE starts, I like to let it finish warmup, usually on my way somewhere...
This is funny. I just found our garage door open. My wife had just driven off (15 min ago) without closing the garage door. I can't fault her... I've done it before, too.
garage - 35 degF; outside - 31 degF
Does that affect the garage temperature as much as moving a fully warmed up engine into the garage?
Hi RedyIC94, probably not as significant a change compared to a hot engine, but there's considerable mass there and if the entire car is above the garage ambient temperature, it might help a little. I figure the car should be a little warmer for the next use compared to if it had just soaked in the cold garage. I'm thinking about the car's temperature at some later time, rather than how much the garage warms up. Yeah, micro managing...
That's correct, as long as your next use is within a few hours.
All things are ready if our mind is so. ~It pays to be prepared. Good job.
Today in the Prius. 16 deg F in Naperville , 17 in Elk Grove.
35.1 miles , fcd = 56.2 x .943 = 53.0 MPG.
Could be worse. At least there isn't a lot of driving this week or last.
Well , I did drive 80 miles Sunday , but that was the first of two four-day weekends.
12/20 Going home from holiday home with a gravel bike strapped onto the back of the car - not very aerodynamic!, 3UP, 43°F:
43.6 / 107.5
12/21 popped to see my mum, 48°F:
53.7 / 4.5
43.0 / 4.9
Today to in-laws, 3UP, 37°F:
34.5 / 3.3
31.8 / 3.2
Tank down 1.5 at 47.1 (FCD 49.6) / 512.5 / Range 90 . Guess gauge F____|__««E . UG down 1.2 at 47.9 / DTE 133
Not so bad after all... even pretty good! 2 or more people and a sail on top. Reasonable speeds I'm guessing...
That's generally way less aerodynamically draggy than bike+rack on top.
Soon. Happy New Year everyone!
Did some car shopping last month. Our 2006 Ford Focus is getting up there in age and mileage, and we don't want to be in the position of being rushed to buy a car. Our list was originally a Buick LaCrosse from my work, Toyota Camry, and a Honda Accord. After test driving all of them, we settled on a Camry. We're looking at just buying a new one since the 2021s have a newer version of Toyota's safety equipment stuff. Got a quote for a base model for $23,050 plus tax, which is a decent price for our area. We'll wait a couple more months until it's closer for the 2022s to come out I think before we actually buy one.
The C-Max is still plodding along just fine. Only driven 1,000 miles since September. Filled up in November, as I said before, and I still have over half a tank of fuel to use. I don't use the electricity when I run the heat, which is often right now with how bad our weather has been. kWh is showing as close to 90 over the past 600 miles. Not the best, but what can you do, eh?
Thanks Bill = max about 60
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