I recognized the road. It drops from the peaks of the Santa Monica mountains, I think around a 2000' vertical drop to the beach. Pretty steep in places, so you are going to be burning brakes in spots. So the battery will be full in the first two miles and then it's all lost as heat in the brakes. I could not find the rest of the route, but it looks like he drives along Pacific Coast Highway for a while and then maybe back to the 101, which is a gradual climb back up again, burning gas to recharge the battery on the steeper uphills. A great drive, but ugh. Not going to give you realistic mileage by any stretch of the imagination (unless the vehicle under test is all electric or all gas or has a huge hybrid battery.)
It's a great drive for checking out the car's handling, though, from windy back roads to steep climbs and descents to freeways. What a gig!
Someone from LA should drive a similar loop with a G1 and report back the mileage: take the 101 to 23 west and climb to Mulholland and then descend down to Neptune's Net, grab some lunch there, then head north on PCH to Oxnard, and take the 101 south again. It probably would be great to compare performance of a stock Insight against someone driving with MIMA and other mods described here (arrive at peak with empty battery etc.)
If the Insight had a battery capable of providing assist for 2000' of elevation change, the story would be different. His report is helpful for those few who commute daily between, say, Big Bear and San Bernardino, for which all-electric would probably be necessary, but he doesn't offer that disclaimer.
edit: the G1 would be really fun on this route but you'd be staying at 4-5000 RPM in first and second gear in those hills! I would definitely want an "instant boost" switch when pulling out of a curve! has someone built that?
2004 MT Red, 143K miles "new", ~160K now
2003 CVT Silver, 181K miles "new", 181K now
Last edited by *sean*; 10-11-2018 at 12:55 AM.