Month of February 2024 (Nat’l Avg $3.150)

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  1. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today, 29 deg F in Bolingbrook, 28 in Elk Grove.

    Wind N 8

    27.6 miles, fcd = 49.3 MPG
     
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  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Well....our Northwest Salish Sea(Puget Sound) temperature this morning is tied with Edwin's Elk Grove temperature, 28degF. Hope to also have a "pleasure walk" to the Senior Center today.

    PS, 8AM, PST....The frosted windows on the Hyundai Elantra are about 1-2 hours away before the sun can shine on the windows. The frost should be cleared soon afterward. We'll see.
     
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  3. litesong

    litesong litesong

    There was necessary hammering in the apt. below mine. So I went for a combination drive with both the Elantra & Accent. Noted towards the end, the wind was picking up, as they predicted this morning. Back at the apt., the news says now winds may gust as high as 60-65MPH. Earlier in the day, a tree fell killing one person in the region.
     
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  4. litesong

    litesong litesong

    2AM, PST.....Not sleeping tonight. Listening to Lindsey Stirling videos. Thru the night, looks like the temperature should hang about 5degF above freezing. Predicted to reach 50degF tomorrow & 0% chance of rain. The half moon is settling into the west northwest, now burying itself behind low clouds. Locally, we didn't get the strong winds predicted. Don't know of other areas about. In the morning, looks to be a good walk to the church breakfast.
     
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  5. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Could not put a "like" on the note, but I'm glad you took your cars out for some exercise.

    Going for a long pack ride today while wife attends a couple of open houses with a long-time but first-time home buyer client. Cockapoo goes everywhere with us unless boarded.

    First chance to check out the wife's new ride for greater than 1/2 the battery capacity used in 30-35 °F. We'll start with 80%. Will be able to check efficiency and later, DC charging without the ability to preheat the battery.
     
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  6. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    26.8°F with flurries. A bit of light snow during our pack ride and DC charging afterward. First time "fast" charging the wife's car. Procedural misstep between car and charger at first. Charger indicated we were charging, but the car begged to differ. Charge port remained locked.

    Used emergency unlatch mechanism.

    The pack handled the situation well.

    2nd try worked fine. Charging speed was okay, wasn't expecting much. Stayed a solid 85% of the 50 kW DC charger's limit. 50 kW is slow by today's standards of 150 to 350. Success by my reasoning, and an inexpensive $0.15/kWh. The going rate for DC charging is $0.35 to $0.60 or more per kWh. Home rate is about $0.32/kWh last I checked a year ago.

    Speed drops off above 60% battery level so I disconnected at 65%. 25 minutes going from 38% to 65%. Not too bad in the cold without preheating the battery.

    Overall driving efficiency close to EPA rating, therefore satisfactory. :) About 85 miles total including elevations between 200 ft and 1100 ft, half highway and half rural roads.
     
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  7. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Late last year our electric rates in western Washington went up about 10% to $0.105(?)/kWh, with our PNW power combination of water, wind, 10%(?) nuclear & a trace of solar. That's why I was happy that this apt. doesn't need much heating. If we were paying your rate, I would be deliriously happy then! What sources of power does Massachusetts have & what are the state's highest elevations?
     
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  8. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Cars need exercise. My Elantra got about 27 miles Sunday.

    Today,22 deg F in Bolingbrook and Elk Grove.
    Wind SSW 1
    Driving the Fit today. 27.6 miles, fcd = 50.7 MPG

    Rode the Grom seven miles yesterday, fcd went from 147.0 to 147.3.

    Rode the Trek only about three miles. left knee was acting up.
    But I did have a good workout early Sunday.
     
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  10. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Expected I would walk much less than the last half of 2023, which was coming true. The heart attack slowed me more. But, I've been recovering better than I thought I would. Along with my general 2 miles per day, I've even been able to throw in some nearly 4 to 6 mile per day walks. So far, so good.
     
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  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today, 29 deg F in Bolingbrook, 28 in Elk Grove.

    Wind SE 5

    27.6 miles, fcd = 52.1 MPG
     
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  12. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 44 deg F in Bolingbrook,46 in Elk Grove Village.

    wind S 8

    This friendly tailwind was much appreciated; About 25 miles of this commute
    is straight north, 2.5 east.

    27.6 miles, fcd = 55.2 MPG.

    Wonder what the Elantra would get ?
    I'm thinking of driving the Elantra to Michigan,but I would like
    to break it in a bit more. Next trip is scheduled for March 8.
    I'm still working on the first tank of gas ! The car was purchased Jan 24.
     
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  13. litesong

    litesong litesong

    You had good warming from the day before. :)
     
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  14. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yes, it was 61 deg F on the way home yesterday. Unfortunately,therewas a headwind so I only ended up
    with 47.5 MPF fd. :(
     
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  15. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Elantras don't "neet no steenkin' breakin' in"! At least both our standard automatic & manual ICE Elantras didn't.
     
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  16. rossbro

    rossbro Well-Known Member

    Regular, Myrtle Beach,21 Feb. 24, $2.92
     
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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 48 deg F in Bolingbrook,46 in Elk Grove.

    Wind N 6

    27.6 miles, fcd = 54.1 MPG
     
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  18. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Tiday,37 deg F in Bolingbrook, 39 in Elk Grove.

    Wind WNW 9

    27.7 miles, fcd = 52.4 MPG

    Filled up at a BP station in Wood Dale, 2.5 miles away from work.
    In that 2.5 miles, I got up to 60 MPG(fcd). It' helps to have warm engine
    and very little traffic and 30 PSL.

    $3.499/gall for 87 E10.
    443.0 miles, 9.426 gallons.
    Miles remaining = 5. That's weird. Usually, when I fill up around
    zero miles remaining, it only takes 8.8-9.0 gallons. Fraud ?
     
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  19. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Older ICE cars would go 60-70 miles past an indicated empty tank of gas. That was a last ditch attempt by manufacturers to get drivers to fill their tanks BEFORE they actually ran out of fuel.
     
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  20. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I know. Theoretically , my tank hold 10.6 gallons.
    This 9.426 gallon fillup is the largest ever. I have figured out
    ( on some of my other cars ) how many gallons are left when it reads zero miles.
    Not on these cars yet. It's not so important to me.
    Also, I never "stuff" the tank. When the pump clicks off, I call it a day.
     
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