[Oeva-list] Leafing to Mary's Peak

Karl Boekelheide Karl at boekelheide.com
Sun Jul 29 00:24:49 PDT 2012

I did the same thing about 3 weeks ago but my results were quite
different.  I started at OSU with 8 bars and went straight to the top of
Mary's peak.  When I got to the top I had 16 miles and 4 bars.  At the
bottom I had 71 miles and 7 bars.  I got 3 bars back.  Back at OSU I was
back to 6 bars, I think.   I was able to make the trip down touching the
brakes only a couple times.  The Leaf handles like a dream.  I was
taking 25 MPH corners at 50 and feeling like I was on rails.  My trip
was not free like yours.  I suspect it's because I powered up the hill
at or above the speed limit which is 30, if I remember right.

I also love electric cars.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Batie <alan at batie.org>
To: OEVA <oeva-list at oeva.org>, Corvallis EV Club List
<corvallisevclub at lists.evcl.com>
Subject: [Oeva-list] Leafing to Mary's Peak
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:22:23 -0700

Something I've been meaning to do for a while is drive the Leaf up to
the top of Mary's Peak.  For those not familiar with the Corvallis area,
Mary's Peak is the prominent coast range mountain that is an iconic
backdrop to Corvallis.  The parking lot at the top says 3770'.  My house
is at about 240' and about 24 miles away - a 50 mile round trip, which
shouldn't be a problem, especially with it all downhill on the way back,
but there's 12 miles of healthy climbing to do, so I wanted to prove it...

I started out down a bar, after doing about 9 miles of running around
town earlier today.  By the time I got to the turn off from Hwy 34 onto
Mary's Peak Road (at 1100', most of that gain in the last 3 miles), I
was down 4 bars, having gone a total of 22.5 miles (including the
errands).  Now came the fun part: 10 miles climbing 2600'!

I arrived down to 4 bars showing and "16 miles range remaining" (FWIW, I
*haven't* had the firmware update that changes the estimator).  After
taking a few pictures
came the *real* fun part: heading back home.

For the first time, I was able to regenerate a bar ;-)  Just before I
got to the bottom of Mary's Peak Road, it popped up, showing 5 bars of
charge.  With another 3 miles of healthy downhill, and slightly downhill
most of the rest of the way, I ended up back home still with 4 bars:
essentially the entire 24 mile trip home was free ;-)

I love electric cars ;-)

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