Chewy wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:33 am
My Tesla had the option of setting “Range Mode”
Jaguar could probably improve on this. Range Mode only makes a tangible difference on Teslas that have dual motors (of different sizes). The Big Motor can be turned off to cruise, more efficiently, on smaller motor at 70-ish MPH. (I know you know that Chewy
so this just by way of "background")
Put your foot down and the big motor is brought to life. Not quite sure why this wouldn't be "default" at 70 MPH, rather than needing to explicitly select Range Mode?
However, Range Mode also throttles Climate and some other bits and bobs, and I am not sure that that energy-saved (on a 70 MPH journey) is worth saving. The Range Mode setting is all-or-nothing (but I do understand that "a whole raft of adjustments" is not going to be a solution for the majority of owners)
it also had another mode that calmed the performance of the car, where acceleration was slowed to 8 seconds for 0~60mph
When i was in short trousers sub-10s 0-60 was "awesome" and the stuff of wall posters !! Now even the most lowly EV can do that easily ...
Tesla "Chill mode" prevents whiplash for passengers
but there is no kick-down so if you need full-power to avoid an incident it isn't available. Chill Mode was an SOTA after-thought ... but if it also had Kick Down then it would be perfect.
It hadn't occurred to me, until this thread, that Range might be influenced by BMS temperature range ... I think that would be very worthwhile.
Rapid D/C charging (100+kW) is "counted" by Tesla. After a certain number the 100+kW charge rate is throttled (not by much, initially, and successively more, but I don't think it slows more than, say, 10% ... maybe it (also?) tapers a bit sooner too.) Anyway, its a compromise. If using it for journeys when-needed, and getting "counted", might be acceptable? Would only actually need it on a leg that was touch-and-go ... so not even all long journeys. Whereas every time I stop at a Supercharger that's a "high speed D/C charge" on my counter ...
Some of this is a hidden-snag for 2nd hand buyers. "How many rapid D/C charges have you had" ... "How many Wide-temperature BMS journeys"
With an EV you can't just have a mate follow you on the test drive to see if clouds of black smoke come out of the exhaust every time you change gear ... a la ICE