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 Post subject: Re: Tips for range on 2019 E Golf
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 5:42 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Tips for range on 2019 E Golf
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 8:46 pm 
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If you drive and take 10KWh out of the battery, charging it will take approx 110% (11KWh).
This is due to charging losses.

So if you use regenerative braking and place energy back in the battery (charge), you immediately lose about 10%.
In summary, any time you can coast rather than take energy from the battery it’s better for range.
I throttle down towards the top of hills if nothing behind me, then roll down hill gaining speed.
The alternative is to hit the top of the hill at 65mph and control speed down the hill with regen and the associated loss.

As for the Eco modes, they also limit speed to 60mph and helps minimize losses due to aerodynamic drag. Unlike ICE, EVs are at their most efficient at really low speeds. I’ve seen 7mph quoted for a Tesla. Anything higher and wind resistance increases. So..... slower is better.

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