Submitted by dsvick on Tue, 2016-05-10 06:08
I don't own and EV right now but I will by the end of next year (I hope), and searching this forum is troublesome at best ...
When they state the range of an EV, say the 215 miles for the M ☰ , what conditions are they assuming exist in order to get that range? Are they looking at 65 F, sunny, cruising at 60mph with cruise control on and no radio? Or are they assuming the worst and it's 85 F, raining, and at night so you have the AC, the headlights, and the wipers all on, as well as cranking the radio. I know there are a lot of factors but I'm trying to get an idea of the assumptions that are made in order to determine real world expectations based on how I drive.
Knowing what the assumed conditions are, can you then get "extra" miles by turning off the radio, not running the AC, or are those negligible?