My EV is noticing the change of season

Days after my last post, I was delighted to see that my average energy efficiency over the life of the car increased from 4.8 to 4.9 miles per kilowatt-hour (KWH). While the difference is miniscule, I felt like I was being rewarded for driving gently while avoiding the awful (IMHO) ‘economy mode.’

Perhaps related was a change I made based on a post in the Honda EV Facebook group citing the advice NOT to drive around in ‘B’ all the time; B maximizes the capture of energy during deceleration and I had been a constant B driver. I am not sure if their is an engineering concern or a safety concern – when you slow in B, the brake lights do not come on, thereby not alerting the driver behind (just a guess). Driving in D rather than B, i am very aware of slowing more slowly and needing to use that pedal on the left more.

My elation at the increased energy efficiency was dashed when, a few days later, it dropped back to 4.8 miles per KWH. I am also seeing the maximum range decrease in the mornings as the temperature is getting cooler. I took delivery in April and so I have not lived through any cold months yet with the EV…I am interested to see what that is like.

Happy motoring.

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