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My trip from los angeles to Houston

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Just wanted to post about my ev trip currently in progress. I'm loving it, I wasn't sure if I would like it compared to an ICE because of the convenience of getting gas but I love it more.

So i Left los angeles at about 83% and 253 miles. The charger was 123 miles away, I had about 50 miles of range left by time I go to that charger (should of been around 130 miles). This was from a guess-ometer of me driving mostly in the city so miles were way off and I did it on D mode and normal at about 75-80 miles per hour. 2.1 kwh

2nd leg: left the charger at 94% and 256 miles of range. This was better and the guess-ometer was more accurate because of my previous drive on the freeway. The next charger was 131 miles away and I got there with 64 miles left of range ( should of been about 100 miles approx) so lost approx 35 miles compared to the previous which was about 80 miles lost. This was driving on B mode and echo at mostly 75-80 miles per hour. Ended at 2.5 kwh.

Will update as I go. Next one I plan to go back to D mode and normal since my guess-ometer is used to my driving.

I will say I'm loving my drive in the Ariya and my first time road trip in an EV. No issues at charging stations yet. Loving my pro pilot 2.0, automatic high beams and the ride. I feel like I haven't has to do much lol.

Only problem I will run into is after Phoenix there is no more evgo along my route until I get home to Houston馃槩

Edit: left EA at 71% and 151 miles. Had to make a stop before Phoenix to make it there so only filled to get me to the last EVGO of my trip 馃槉. Phoenix stop was 132 miles away and got there at. 3% (sorry forgot to pay attention to the battery % on the previous ones) and miles didn't show because it was low.
So on this one it was a mix. 1/4 of the way I did 85 mph in D mode normal, but it was knocking my range down quickly of course (don't go 85 unless you have range to kill lol).

Did another 1/4 at 80mph with the same drive settings.
But around 60 miles left to go to get to the charger in Phoenix I was getting range anxiety it dropped down to single digit difference between miles left and my destination so I panicked and the last 60 miles went at 75mph on echo and B mode.
That leg of the trip ended at 2.5kwh.

Keep in mind there has been little to no traffic since I been driving at night, so roads were open and nobody at the chargers....will see how it goes when I do some day time driving and charging.
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Glad you're enjoying the trip and not having any issues! I've also enjoyed the couple trips I've taken in it and am doing another in a week. I have noticed that EA is the only charger network (aside from Tesla) that seems to be focusing on filling out highway routes enough to allow for road trips. EVGo is mainly only available around major cities.
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that's an interesting trip.. I can't do it with range anxiety in mind, and if I can speed to 90 mph, I would and I know the range will be killed..
Why did you use B mode? I thought B mode is for hilly roads?
that's an interesting trip.. I can't do it with range anxiety in mind, and if I can speed to 90 mph, I would and I know the range will be killed..
Why did you use B mode? I thought B mode is for hilly roads?
B mode is if you like more regen but hate estep. It鈥檚 a great middle and I use it
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B mode is if you like more regen but hate estep. It鈥檚 a great middle and I use it
Thanks.. e-step is ok for me so far.
One thing I hate the most is when I time to slow down just so I don't have to hit the brake, the distance is far enough and some jerk just cut in front of me. I just need to turn right and I can't. With my ICE, I stop close and no one stands a chance :( I'm turning into Slow poke now :p
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B mode is if you like more regen but hate estep. It鈥檚 a great middle and I use it
I have no idea what B mode is for honestly I'm just trying things on this trip haha. I think it's more regen although on the highway I don't think it matters.

Forgot to mention I keep the e-step on all the time so just fyi.
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Just wanted to post about my ev trip currently in progress. I'm loving it, I wasn't sure if I would like it compared to an ICE because of the convenience of getting gas but I love it more.

So i Left los angeles at about 83% and 253 miles. The charger was 123 miles away, I had about 50 miles of range left by time I go to that charger (should of been around 130 miles). This was from a guess-ometer of me driving mostly in the city so miles were way off and I did it on D mode and normal at about 75-80 miles per hour. 2.1 kwh

2nd leg: left the charger at 94% and 256 miles of range. This was better and the guess-ometer was more accurate because of my previous drive on the freeway. The next charger was 131 miles away and I got there with 64 miles left of range ( should of been about 100 miles approx) so lost approx 35 miles compared to the previous which was about 80 miles lost. This was driving on B mode and echo at mostly 75-80 miles per hour. Ended at 2.5 kwh.

Will update as I go. Next one I plan to go back to D mode and normal since my guess-ometer is used to my driving.

I will say I'm loving my drive in the Ariya and my first time road trip in an EV. No issues at charging stations yet. Loving my pro pilot 2.0, automatic high beams and the ride. I feel like I haven't has to do much lol.

Only problem I will run into is after Phoenix there is no more evgo along my route until I get home to Houston馃槩

Edit: left EA at 71% and 151 miles. Had to make a stop before Phoenix to make it there so only filled to get me to the last EVGO of my trip 馃槉. Phoenix stop was 132 miles away and got there at. 3% (sorry forgot to pay attention to the battery % on the previous ones) and miles didn't show because it was low.
So on this one it was a mix. 1/4 of the way I did 85 mph in D mode normal, but it was knocking my range down quickly of course (don't go 85 unless you have range to kill lol).

Did another 1/4 at 80mph with the same drive settings.
But around 60 miles left to go to get to the charger in Phoenix I was getting range anxiety it dropped down to single digit difference between miles left and my destination so I panicked and the last 60 miles went at 75mph on echo and B mode.
That leg of the trip ended at 2.5kwh.

Keep in mind there has been little to n9 traffic since I been driving at night, so roads were open and nobody at the chargers....will see how it goes when I do some day time driving and charging.
Tonejr83, wanted to say I have enjoyed many of your posts and learned a bunch of good stuff on the car. My car is due in April but at this point I can trade for any Ariya in stock. The two things holding me back is one pedal driving and slow charging. This was going to be my roadtrip car so your trip home can answer one of the issues for me. How has the charging speed been for you? How long to get a good charge in? I hear there's great BBQ places in Houstion so a roadstrip to your neck of the wood sounds good. Hope you have a safe journey home!!
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when in houston, we could meet up to compare notes :) well if I don't have to make a long trek
when in houston, we could meet up to compare notes :) well if I don't have to make a long trek
You live in Houston?
Tonejr83, wanted to say I have enjoyed many of your posts and learned a bunch of good stuff on the car. My car is due in April but at this point I can trade for any Ariya in stock. The two things holding me back is one pedal driving and slow charging. This was going to be my roadtrip car so your trip home can answer one of the issues for me. How has the charging speed been for you? How long to get a good charge in? I hear there's great BBQ places in Houstion so a roadstrip to your neck of the wood sounds good. Hope you have a safe journey home!!
You have to look at it from a battery longevity aspect. Yes other cars charge a little faster but those cars won't last long.

For me I have been at the charger from 45-65 mins depends on if I have time, need the range etc. It's free at evgo so I usually charge from 95-100 %
I just left Phoenix and went from 3% to 94% in 61 minutes. That was at 90kw most the time (because after 2 DC charge sessions in a day, the max will be limited to 90kw to protect the battery)

Before that charge I went from about 20% to 94% in 46 min. I think that was at 90kw as well.
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You have to look at it from a battery longevity aspect. Yes other cars charge a little faster but those cars won't last long.

For me I have been at the charger from 45-65 mins depends on if I have time, need the range etc. It's free at evgo so I usually charge from 95-100 %
I just left Phoenix and went from 3% to 94% in 61 minutes. That was at 90kw most the time (because after 2 DC charge sessions in a day, the max will be limited to 90kw to protect the battery)

Before that charge I went from about 20% to 94% in 46 min. I think that was at 90kw as well.
Thanks,good to know. I'm an old guy. Charging stops will be for lunch along with bathroom and stretching needs.
I have no idea what B mode is for honestly I'm just trying things on this trip haha. I think it's more regen although on the highway I don't think it matters.

Forgot to mention I keep the e-step on all the time so just fyi.
D mode is no regen. B mode is regen, e-Step or e-Pedal is regen. Econ mode is regen and slower accelerator response. I don't know about Sport mode.
Regen modes always improves range, even on a flat road. Every time you let off the accelerator, the motor charges the battery. I once regained 27miles with my 2020 Leaf when coming down a long mountain in VA.

You can see, for yourself, exactly what's happening with regen and the different modes. Notice the circular power gauge, it's essentially a current meter. The bars from 10 o'clock to about 4 o'clock show current into the motor. The bars from 10 o'clock to about 6 o'clock show current from the motor into the battery. You can change modes while driving and see for yourself.

It's theoretically impossible to get a longer range without regen. Without regen, slowing down puts energy into the air and heat into the brakes, rather than the battery.
You live in Houston?
yup, southwest side..
houston is way too flat for me to see the differences between B-mode and D-mode. and stop/go traffic is very much the norm with flashing lights after every rain or strong winds...
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Just wanted to post about my ev trip currently in progress. I'm loving it, I wasn't sure if I would like it compared to an ICE because of the convenience of getting gas but I love it more.

So i Left los angeles at about 83% and 253 miles. The charger was 123 miles away, I had about 50 miles of range left by time I go to that charger (should of been around 130 miles). This was from a guess-ometer of me driving mostly in the city so miles were way off and I did it on D mode and normal at about 75-80 miles per hour. 2.1 kwh

2nd leg: left the charger at 94% and 256 miles of range. This was better and the guess-ometer was more accurate because of my previous drive on the freeway. The next charger was 131 miles away and I got there with 64 miles left of range ( should of been about 100 miles approx) so lost approx 35 miles compared to the previous which was about 80 miles lost. This was driving on B mode and echo at mostly 75-80 miles per hour. Ended at 2.5 kwh.

Will update as I go. Next one I plan to go back to D mode and normal since my guess-ometer is used to my driving.

I will say I'm loving my drive in the Ariya and my first time road trip in an EV. No issues at charging stations yet. Loving my pro pilot 2.0, automatic high beams and the ride. I feel like I haven't has to do much lol.

Only problem I will run into is after Phoenix there is no more evgo along my route until I get home to Houston馃槩

Edit: left EA at 71% and 151 miles. Had to make a stop before Phoenix to make it there so only filled to get me to the last EVGO of my trip 馃槉. Phoenix stop was 132 miles away and got there at. 3% (sorry forgot to pay attention to the battery % on the previous ones) and miles didn't show because it was low.
So on this one it was a mix. 1/4 of the way I did 85 mph in D mode normal, but it was knocking my range down quickly of course (don't go 85 unless you have range to kill lol).

Did another 1/4 at 80mph with the same drive settings.
But around 60 miles left to go to get to the charger in Phoenix I was getting range anxiety it dropped down to single digit difference between miles left and my destination so I panicked and the last 60 miles went at 75mph on echo and B mode.
That leg of the trip ended at 2.5kwh.

Keep in mind there has been little to n9 traffic since I been driving at night, so roads were open and nobody at the chargers....will see how it goes when I do some day time driving and charging.
D mode is no regen. B mode is regen, e-Step or e-Pedal is regen. Econ mode is regen and slower accelerator response. I don't know about Sport mode.
Regen modes always improves range, even on a flat road. Every time you let off the accelerator, the motor charges the battery. I once regained 27miles with my 2020 Leaf when coming down a long mountain in VA.

You can see, for yourself, exactly what's happening with regen and the different modes. Notice the circular power gauge, it's essentially a current meter. The bars from 10 o'clock to about 4 o'clock show current into the motor. The bars from 10 o'clock to about 6 o'clock show current from the motor into the battery. You can change modes while driving and see for yourself.

It's theoretically impossible to get a longer range without regen. Without regen, slowing down puts energy into the air and heat into the brakes, rather than the battery.
So does B mode on the freeway make a difference you think?
yup, southwest side..
houston is way too flat for me to see the differences between B-mode and D-mode. and stop/go traffic is very much the norm with flashing lights after every rain or strong winds...
For sure let me know we can have an Ariya meet up 馃槉 I'm in the SE side
D mode is no regen. B mode is regen, e-Step or e-Pedal is regen. Econ mode is regen and slower accelerator response. I don't know about Sport mode.
Regen modes always improves range, even on a flat road. Every time you let off the accelerator, the motor charges the battery. I once regained 27miles with my 2020 Leaf when coming down a long mountain in VA.

You can see, for yourself, exactly what's happening with regen and the different modes. Notice the circular power gauge, it's essentially a current meter. The bars from 10 o'clock to about 4 o'clock show current into the motor. The bars from 10 o'clock to about 6 o'clock show current from the motor into the battery. You can change modes while driving and see for yourself.

It's theoretically impossible to get a longer range without regen. Without regen, slowing down puts energy into the air and heat into the brakes, rather than the battery.
Doesn鈥檛 the brake peddle activate the regenerative braking even when in D mode, and all other modes activate regenerative braking (at various intensity) when you let off the accelerator. Would some one confirm please.
Just wanted to post about my ev trip currently in progress. I'm loving it, I wasn't sure if I would like it compared to an ICE because of the convenience of getting gas but I love it more.

So i Left los angeles at about 83% and 253 miles. The charger was 123 miles away, I had about 50 miles of range left by time I go to that charger (should of been around 130 miles). This was from a guess-ometer of me driving mostly in the city so miles were way off and I did it on D mode and normal at about 75-80 miles per hour. 2.1 kwh

2nd leg: left the charger at 94% and 256 miles of range. This was better and the guess-ometer was more accurate because of my previous drive on the freeway. The next charger was 131 miles away and I got there with 64 miles left of range ( should of been about 100 miles approx) so lost approx 35 miles compared to the previous which was about 80 miles lost. This was driving on B mode and echo at mostly 75-80 miles per hour. Ended at 2.5 kwh.

Will update as I go. Next one I plan to go back to D mode and normal since my guess-ometer is used to my driving.

I will say I'm loving my drive in the Ariya and my first time road trip in an EV. No issues at charging stations yet. Loving my pro pilot 2.0, automatic high beams and the ride. I feel like I haven't has to do much lol.

Only problem I will run into is after Phoenix there is no more evgo along my route until I get home to Houston馃槩

Edit: left EA at 71% and 151 miles. Had to make a stop before Phoenix to make it there so only filled to get me to the last EVGO of my trip 馃槉. Phoenix stop was 132 miles away and got there at. 3% (sorry forgot to pay attention to the battery % on the previous ones) and miles didn't show because it was low.
So on this one it was a mix. 1/4 of the way I did 85 mph in D mode normal, but it was knocking my range down quickly of course (don't go 85 unless you have range to kill lol).

Did another 1/4 at 80mph with the same drive settings.
But around 60 miles left to go to get to the charger in Phoenix I was getting range anxiety it dropped down to single digit difference between miles left and my destination so I panicked and the last 60 miles went at 75mph on echo and B mode.
That leg of the trip ended at 2.5kwh.

Keep in mind there has been little to no traffic since I been driving at night, so roads were open and nobody at the chargers....will see how it goes when I do some day time driving and charging.

Great writeup and glad you are enjoying your trip. Ariya guess-o-meter does not take terrain into account while calculating the range. Range differs a lot on the terrain. I typically use A better route planner (ABRP) to plan my trip and charging stops which takes into account a lot of data points such as terrain. Planning my charging stops using ABRP helped me overcome range anxiety.
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Doesn鈥檛 the brake peddle activate the regenerative braking even when in D mode, and all other modes activate regenerative braking (at various intensity) when you let off the accelerator. Would some one confirm please.
Every mode has regen braking. Regen works even during crusing without applying the brakes. I personally like to drive in standard D mode with estep off.

I use B Mode only when going downhill and it regenerates a little better than D Mode. I did not like the driving experience with e-step.
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I use it
Great writeup and glad you are enjoying your trip. Ariya guess-o-meter does not take terrain into account while calculating the range. Range differs a lot on the terrain. I typically use A better route planner (ABRP) to plan my trip and charging stops which takes into account a lot of data points such as terrain. Planning my charging stops using ABRP helped me overcome range anxiety.
I use it as well. Good app. I use other apps as well and usually I know about where I want to stop so I'll use plug share alot as well.
I use it


I use it as well. Good app. I use other apps as well and usually I know about where I want to stop so I'll use plug share alot as well.
I have not tried on Ariya, but lot of people with Ioniq5 and Ev6 pair ABRP with ODB2 dongle. That gives a good estimate of the range.
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