[Oeva-list] EV Trip from Portland to Goldbeach and back.

Ray Blackburn oeva_treas at yahoo.com
Sat May 21 09:17:56 PDT 2011


Well the Yaris with it's 33kwh battery pack made the trip to Gold Beach and back 
with only two on the road charges each way.  One charge at Premier RV Park in 
Coburg OR and one charge in North Bend OR at the Mill Casino RV park.  

On the return trip leaving North Bend OR, I did not compare Garmin GPS to actual 
battery percentage left and was surprised to find out I had 37 miles to go on I5 
with only 26% of my battery pack available.  I had to slow down to 40 mph for 
the last 37 miles on I5.  It was about 11:00 PM so not much traffic.  I would 
put my four ways on when traffic approached from the rear.  If I had been paying 
better attention I would of slowed down more heading east from North Bend to I5 
but I thought the Yaris would make it no problem at 55 - 60 mph.  Seems to be 
much more up hill on the way back, also I did not let my pack charge all the way 
up.  Don't make the mistake of driving a EV like a ICE when on a road trip.  
Number one thing to remember on a EV road trip...  (Make sure you make it to 
your destination.)  Especially if you are making the road trip for the first 
time.  The second time you make the trip will be much easier and possibly faster 
as you know the capabilities of your energy reserves in your battery pack.  My 
car has about 120 miles range at 55 mph on a mild spring day.Ray Blackburn OEVA 
Treasurer. 
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