September 26, 2023


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An Electric Bimmer’s Journey [Oxide Grey iX M60]

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Not as epic as the thread’s namesake, but I took an 800 mile journey from SLC to Vegas and back this 7 days and required to share some of my observations.

Initial, the parameters. A family members of 4, with far more luggage than important for a 3 working day journey, embarked on a heat 75°F fall afternoon in an Oxide Grey iX M60. The iX was outfitted with 22” wheels, a battery charged to 97%, and 39psi front/46psi rear tire pressure.

The goal was to make it to St George in a person driving session (~280 miles), but the will of the iX outlasted the family’s will to continue on driving and we wanted a break, so we built a supper quit in Cedar City. We experienced pushed 227 miles in a little around three hours and acquired 800 toes of elevation, via hilly terrain with mainly 80 mph pace restrict, with cruise established to 82mph. In spite of this, we nevertheless experienced 24% battery still left, indicating we could have comfortably built it one more 53 miles to St George – primarily with the coming elevation fall.

While the iX charged up its batteries, we charged up our bellies, and then embarked once more with 79% demand. We dropped down from Cedar Town at an elevation of nearly 6000 ft, by St. George and throughout the corner of Arizona to land in the idea of Nevada at around 2000 ft above sea level. Unsurprisingly, this proved amazingly beneficial for array – just after driving one more 174 miles we still retained 37% demand. This worked out to an remarkable 27.1kWh/100 miles (3.7 miles/kWh).

The family members put in the following few times of what is recognized as “Fall break” lounging in the lazy river at the MGM Grand. Then we packed up and strike the street once again on a fairly sizzling, 90°F Vegas early morning. We stopped at the outlet shopping mall in South Vegas to leading off. Below, our iX “Quicksilver” was nestled amongst “Polestar McPoleface” and “Fahrfegnugen the Grey”, with an delinquent Ioniq 5 (who refused to be named) keeping its distance. It was in this article that I initially witnessed peak charging amount of 192kW, I hadn’t caught all over in Cedar Town to check the charging rate there. Remarkably, this occurred with no preconditioning in any way – we experienced practically just gotten the auto from the valet. This indicated to me that preconditioning may only be important in cold temps. We grabbed some lunch at the outlet mall and headed out of town.

Ideal close to Mesquite, NV, we ran into a incredibly small, slight slowdown where a bridge was staying changed. It was right here that I acquired my very first taste of the “Assisted Driving Plus”. I experienced read on the forum not too long ago that all you have to do is get rid of your hands from the wheel, which I did, and straight away bought a warning that “assisted driving functions partly disabled”, or something to that effect. So I commenced around, attempted all over again, and bought the same mistake. It was then that I recognized – it won’t operate if you have sun shades on :-). The function tracks your notice to the street, relatively than your arms on the wheel, so the third time was a allure, without the need of sunglasses. It performs wonderful.

In actuality, I’d say that all of the assisted driving functions are an incremental advancement in excess of my G01 and my Audi e-tron. Neither of those cars really appeared to know how to enter or exit a corner, possibly turning in late or overcompensating and continuing to switch at the conclude, but the iX would seem markedly superior when it arrives to steering aid. I also appreciated being capable to adjust lanes by only signaling, and the “just right” assertive lane change.

On the way back, we stopped yet again in Cedar Metropolis. This time, we had climbed just about 4k ft in elevation and it confirmed. More than 177 miles we had averaged 38.8kWh/100Mi (2.6 miles/kWh). We had remaining the outlet mall at 94% cost and arrived with 31% – we could have conveniently ongoing on to Beaver, UT but again we required to quit and get a break just before the iX did.

As I hopped out and related to the charger in Cedar Metropolis, a tough searching person approached and reported “ah, you can only travel a minor techniques with all those factors prior to needing to cost up, correct?”. I replied, “Actually this a person appears to be very great, we could in all probability go up to 300 miles or additional in the proper conditions”. He retorted “haha, very well I typically get 1000 miles out of this one”, motioning to an early 2000s Honda CR-V. I gave an incredulous chuckle and just claimed, “well, I would not be in a position to drive *that* much in one particular sitting down!”. He then began to say a little something I didn’t fairly make out – it’s possible about loving to travel 1000 miles at a time, as my spouse and children and I moved alongside to take our break.

We created swift function of the closing 230ish miles dwelling, arriving after dark but ahead of the young ones had been because of for mattress.

All mentioned, we averaged 34.7 kWh/100Miles, or 2.88 Miles/kWh, which places the approximated overall vary at about 303 Miles. I assumed that was seriously very good, considering the automobile is rated for ~284 miles at a substantially slower velocity. I thoroughly believe that we could get up to 340 miles at the 70-75mph speeds that are extra frequent in less desolate spots. Of course environmental factors like temperature and elevation modify will affect just about every excursion for various outcomes.


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