I got back real late last night. 12 Hr. drive straight through. Mitch does definately have an IMA issue. We had to do a recal twice traveling from Alberq. to Prescott. On the second recal, the battery was very hesitant to go to a full SOC. It hung around 40% for a very long time, even with revving at 3200 rpm. Mitch will have to verify if the SOC went to full.
The run back was fast and furious. (Once we crossed over the Continental Divide WB the mileage was great for the speed we were traveling.)
His car ran pretty good and he probably using a lot of assist up the hills, as he would slow down before the top of the grades.
From my observation, he drafts too close behind the truckers, a few got a little upset. They would change lanes letting him know to "back off".
He led most of the way back, drafting vehicles. I laid back with no drafting. 75-80 MPH was the traffic flow, so that was what we were running.
He drafted the LRR at 80+ for a while, don't know what kind of mileage he was getting at the time but he was "on my bumper". I was showing 50 mpg during that session.
I ended up traveling a total of 1645 miles and averaged 55.9 MPG.
My results will be posted at Turbocharged Insight
later on today.
Thanks Rush for the visit and helping me with the temperature thing. I'll contact ELI later on.
Sam, sorry you couldn't get off work, we could have spent some time working on the CVT car.
Mitch, thanks for the meeting and I hope you learned a little about the Insight.
Keep reading here on ICN and that will help. Your repairs won't be that severe, and any help needed just ask. Keep an eye on the coolant level. That SB 86 route from Prescott to Wickenburg was a real eye opener. Great mileage, but a "white knuckle" affair.(especially in the dark)