Month of September 2022 (Nat'l Avg $3.829)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Aug 31, 2022.

  1. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Thanks, Bill. The weather's changing , the wind,too.
    I try.
     
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 48 deg F in Naperville , 50 in Elk Grove.
    Tires at 35/33 psi , courtesy of Discount Tire.
    33.4 miles, fcd = 57.9 x .943 = 54.6 MPG
     
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  3. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    You know the old tale of "The Scorpion and the Frog?" Car mechanics can't seem to help themselves.
     
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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I'm going to call them and bitch. Their boss needs to know.

    That darned scorpion just HAS to sting/kill the frog ,
    even though he will also die from drowning.
     
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  5. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Rightly so. Tell them they owe you for the cost of the extra 15-20% fuel you're burning, not to mention your time to bitch at them.
     
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  6. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Ah, driving in the key of F minor. (Four flats) It's interesting to see how pressure affects fuel economy for a CleanMPG daily driver, since there is an ongoing mpg history. Cut the pressure and you can see the increased fuel consumption.
     
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  7. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Back home Wednesday night, 68°F:
    19.8 miles - 195 Wh/mi or 5.1 Mi/kWh

    Thursday morning to free charger on the way to work, 50°F:
    2.8 miles - 212 Wh/mi or 4.7 Mi/kWh
    41.9 miles added in 49"
    19.3 miles - 210 Wh/mi or 4.8 Mi/kWh

    Back home last night via a visit to see mum, 66°F:
    19.6 miles - 182 Wh/mi or 5.5 Mi/kWh
    2.4 miles - 203 Wh/mi or 4.9 Mi/kWh

    This morning to free charger on the way to work, 53°F:
    2.8 miles - 142 Wh/mi or 7.0 Mi/kWh
    39.99 miles added in 47"
    19.2 miles - 200 Wh/mi or 5.0 Mi/kWh
     
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  8. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Ha haa! One medium length highway with zero chargers for EVs, now has 2 new level 2 chargers installed or being installed. Not Level 3 fast chargers, but any level 2 charging beats zero chargers any time…..IF the chargers don’t have 3 cars lined up to use them……or IF they work….or IF you can get them to work. Ya know. Gas stations have great innovations. They have machines that dispense gasoline THAT WORK AND YOU CAN GET THEM TO WORK. Very novel, for sure…….NOT!!
    Anyhow, the EV chargers may be close to 7kWs & I hope they are FREE chargers, specially the one in town with great scenery & town amenities. EV chargers. What an excellent idea for towns!

    Oh, yeah. I still gotta get an EV….. maybe some day, if I can straighten out my personal life.
     
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 49 deg F.
    Wind ? There is ALWAYS wind on a motorcycle.
    Riding the Grom today because there is a funny issue with the Prius. After 7.5 years of
    problem-free operation , I now have a weirdly unpleasant noise/vibration that begins at 35 MPH
    and gets worse at warp speed (55 MPH).
    My guess is bad axle shafts. At 141K miles, that's about how long they last.
    But it's been a while since I kept a car long enough to need to replace them.

    The Grom tank is at 190 miles. fcd = 174 MPG.
    I'm estimating range on this tank at 240 miles .
    ( 1.5 gallons X 160 MPG ) Tank capacity = 1.6 gallons.
    It's 25 miles to my Amoco station in Naperville ,
    so assuming I make it there , it will be 215 miles.
    From reading the owner's manual , I don't think there is
    any reserve.

    I think the current 174 MPG is that high because a LOT of
    my riding on this tank was at24-35 MPH around town. Yesterday
    included a fair amount 0f 45 MPH.
    Some day I will attempt some steady-state numbers at 45 and 50 MPH.
    I'm guessing 160 MPG at 45 MPH , but it could be lower.
     
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  10. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    How about a camping fuel bottle with gasoline? Appropriate ones seem costly, though.
     
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  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    If I have the endurance to ride 240 miles on this buzzbomb , that's far enough.
     
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I was thinking more from a range anxiety perspective. Beats walking to the nearest gas station, although you're more likely to find a gas station nearby, versus the nearest charging station.
     
  13. litesong

    litesong litesong

    OK, Wayne! :p
     
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  14. litesong

    litesong litesong

    All a reserve is, is a toggle to lower the fuel exit from the gas tank, to access the fuel in the lowest part of the tank. No actual “reserve” tank is necessary. Must cost a quarter to add a “reserve toggle”.
     
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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Filled up the Grom yesterday. On a motorcycle , you can easily see when the tank is "full".
    216.9 miles, fcd - 173.5 MPG.
    216.9 miles / 1.358 gallons = 159.7 MPG actual.

    Not so bad.
     
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  16. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Ralph Vaughn Williams wrote his Symphony #4 in f-minor. The music was so wildly different from his “normal” pastoral music, that some later critiques imagined he foretold the coming WWII catastrophes(I think it does). No, no, he said the symphony was about……the key of F minor.
     
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  17. litesong

    litesong litesong

    The smoke from the Skykomish Bolt Creek fire, depending on the wind, still remains in various strengths, in our valleys. Enough so, that I won’t travel much or at all, to keep the engines from ingesting so much smoke.
    Some weeks ago, I was going to make the Cascade Mountains Scenic loop, I assumed before the forest fires really started burning down the terrain. But, my back decided to really hurt me on the day I was going to drive, so had to cancel. Of course, after that, the fires really exploded…..& my back decided to get better…..maybe.
     
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  18. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Meanwhile back on the grind……. ;)

    Back home Friday lunchtime, 61°F:
    19.9 miles - 189 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh

    Friday afternoon to free charger at usual supermarket but walked to a different one as I had a voucher!, 64°F:
    2.9 miles - 142 Wh/mi or 7.0 Mi/kWh
    29.52 miles added in 34"
    Then drove to a village for dental check-up:
    6.4 miles - 185 Wh/mi or 5.4 Mi/kWh
    4.4 miles - 225 Wh/mi or 4.4 Mi/kWh

    Saturday went to look at some houses with youngest daughter, 61°F:
    19.6 miles - 182 Wh/mi or 5.5 Mi/kWh
    Called it at a nearby supermarket on the way back, 58°F:
    1.3 miles - 307 Wh/mi or 3.3 Mi/kWh
    8.2 miles - 229 Wh/mi or 4.4 Mi/kWh

    Sunday, fetched mother-in-law (wrong direction) and took her to visit eldest daughter, 55°F:
    3.4 miles - 146 Wh/mi or 6.8 Mi/kWh
    Drove super carefully....
    16.7 miles - 178 Wh/mi or 5.6 Mi/kWh
    16.6 miles - 173 Wh/mi or 5.8 Mi/kWh
    3.4 miles - 205 Wh/mi or 4.9 Mi/kWh

    Monday morning to free charger on the way to work, 52°F:
    2.8 miles - 142 Wh/mi or 7.0 Mi/kWh
    43.32 miles added in 51"
    19.2 miles - 211 Wh/mi or 4.7 Mi/kWh
    19.6 miles - 181 Wh/mi or 5.5 Mi/kWh

    Going to a meeting in the evening (in a pub) so topped up with a home charge:
    31.42 miles added in 57"

    Tuesday morning to free charger on the way to work, getting cooler, 45°F:
    2.8 miles - 142 Wh/mi or 7.0 Mi/kWh
    40.94 miles added in 48"
    19.2 miles - 190 Wh/mi or 5.3 Mi/kWh
    Home via a visit to see mum, 54°F:
    18.6 miles - 186 Wh/mi or 5.4 Mi/kWh
    2.3 miles - 210 Wh/mi or 4.8 Mi/kWh

    This morning to free charger on the way to work, 43°F:
    2.8 miles - 142 Wh/mi or 7.0 Mi/kWh
    36.18 miles added in 43"
    19.2 miles - 195 Wh/mi or 5.1 Mi/kWh
     
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  19. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Excellent grinding, Gord. :)

    Coincidentally, I went for a dental checkup yesterday evening. Picked up supplies on the way home.

    8.7 miles total
    used 6/20 bars on the EV gauge (5.6 kWh usable plugin battery)
    about 5 miles/kWh.
    temperature around 60F
    not bad for a Crosstrek
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2022
  20. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    The Crosstrek is no Model 3.
    But my Prius certainly can't go 8.7 miles on the battery. :)
     
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