It sounds like the little EV did quite a bit before running out of juice. The power gauge gives more than plenty warning that the car is running out of charge but its nothing to worry about. Your wife will need to learn to relax and think about the next steps when this occurs. For me, when I run into unexpected range issues which is rare because I usually plan ahead but it does happen - like the other day I thought I had the J1772 plug in all the way but I didn't and I came out in the morning to use the car and I only had 1/2 a charge.
Step 1: Turn off all unnecessary equipment like AC/Heat, Fog Lamps, etc.
Step 2: If on the highway, get off the highway and take surface roads. Slow down, below the speed limit.
Step 3: If your car doesn't have a GPS, get one - fire up the GPS and figure out how far you got to go to get a charge.
Step 3a: Using the GPS, plan a route that will allow for the slowest possible speed and the most coasting.
Step 3b: Look at your RR gauge and figure out what range the car is telling you have approximately, compare this to the GPS mileage.
Step 4: Work your way to the charging destination, you should be able to make it - even on turtle.
If you are way beyond your destination and the possible range, then its a big F*## up and will require a tow to the nearest Mitsubishi dealership for a charge. As EV drivers, we should never get into that situation. It's bad for the batteries and a big waste of time. But, it can be done and the car has plenty of reserves. I did 15 kilometers from the turtle once by following these steps.
Like Dylan...I went electric.
- Purchased: June 29th, 2012
- Mileage on June 29th, 2013 - 25,431 km / 15,802 miles
- Mileage on June 29th, 2014 - 51,286 km / 32,616 miles
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