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Going to do about 200 each way then around town a little at destination... What's the best approach for this? Do all Hv or ev city and freeway hv?
My commute is 58 miles each way with no charging available at my workplace. I drive the 3 miles to the highway on EV, switch to HV, switch back to EV when I leave the highway at my destination and do any "around town" driving during the day on EV. On the way home I drive EV until the battery is nearly depleted and then switch over the HV for the remainder of the drive home. I feel guilty if I return home with a significant charge in the battery! :grin:I would do HV until you get to the destination, then EV around town. HV again on the way back. You can also choose to burn your remaining EV miles when you get closer to home.
The Clarity appears to have blended braking as well where the brake pedal acts as a regen paddle before engaging the friction brakes.Use as much regen braking (paddles) as possible - I have been able to drive over 60 miles on a charge.
That does involve a lot of paddle regen braking and coasting.
Switch earlier to EV mode if you're above your home elevation. I switched to EV mode last summer with 80 miles left and thought I had waited too long. Granted, I had a 4,300 ft drop from where I was to home, but between regenerative and blended braking the car stretched the estimated 20 miles of EV range out to a point where it finally ran out of battery about a quarter mile from my home.That would certainly work 😊. I like to keep it in HV until the distance to home is about the same as my remaining EV miles, then switch to EV mode.
I experience the same thing on the eight miles of surface street driving on my way home between the freeway and my house, even though there is a slight increase in elevation. That of course seems counterintuitive that I would get more EV range than the estimate in that case, but I think what is happening is the estimate is based on average speed for the past X number of miles (but we don't know what X is) and since much of my driving is on the freeway at higher speeds it factors that into the estimate. Apparently it's not smart enough to notice that most of my EV driving is on surface streets where less electricity is used per mile. So even with the slight elevation gain it always seems to underestimate the EV range, so I have learned to switch to EV a little sooner.Switch earlier to EV mode if you're above your home elevation. I switched to EV mode last summer with 80 miles left and thought I had waited too long. Granted, I had a 4,300 ft drop from where I was to home, but between regenerative and blended braking the car stretched the estimated 20 miles of EV range out to a point where it finally ran out of battery about a quarter mile from my home.