EV Road Trip - Benton Harbor to Muskegon, Michigan
EV Road Trip Plan - Day 3
Benton Harbor to Muskegon, Michigan
|Holland, Michigan Charging Locations|
CCS vs. CHAdeMO
Image Source - FleetCarma
Image Source - FleetCarma
Final Thoughts before Departure
Route RefinementsAs I wrote this, I had completed my flight to Kansas City the day prior. Reviewing my final drive plans, I had considered some final tweaks to the original route. For example, I decided that I won't stop at the Richmond Walmart, but rather downtown Lexington. I certainly don't need both stops, Lexington has a McDonald's in walking distance and gets me a few miles further towards the I-70 hospital stop. The latter charging doesn't have much in terms of services, so I prefer to minimize that.
I had considered alternate routes through Missouri that involved going way off the I-70 corridor. Since that will add 20 miles to the leg from Sweet Springs to Columbia, I decided that's not worth the extra miles and time. Also, there's a promising stop before Columbia in Boonville at Rick Ball Chevrolet. That means I don't have to be nearly as careful with range on that leg, but I will likely still trace the highway on access roads.
|Bird Scooter; Image Source: www.bird.co/|
Passing the Time in ColumbiaMy charging stop in Columbia will likely be fairly lengthy, so I was looking for something to do rather than just drink more coffee. Since Columbia is home of Mizzou, I found a movie theater that has flexible show times. Also, it appears Columbia has Bird electric scooters. I downloaded the app in case that works out, since it will be interesting to explore that "last mile" solution for EVs while charging.
It's hot. As in Midwest hot. High temperatures for Day 1 are in the mid-90s, so I doubt I'll want to do without climate control. Day 2 may be cooler but have rain. Rain tends to introduce more tire resistance and thus reduce efficiency. More factors to keep in mind...
|60.4 Miles Driven with 52% Battery Left|
Since I was in Kansas City a day before my departure with access to the LEAF, I did a partial range test driving around town. Using the air conditioner about half the time and driving at 35-45 MPH around town, I managed to get 60 miles of driving with a remaining battery of 52%. That means I was on track to get around 120 miles of range. Even using A/C continuously and bumping the speed to 45-50 MPH, I should be able to get 100 miles of range and thus the more realistic 80 mile easily.
In the next episode, the rubber literally hits the road.