Originally Posted by Uriel
......Similar results can be had by using low rpm and maximising assist by holding 7th as long as possible then 6th to maintain speed when assist runs out. .....I gradually speed up to around 65 to 70mph before hitting the steepest part of the hill. I then allow speed to drop until the speedometer goes turquoise and hold the foot steady, allowing speed to bleed down to about 45-50mph....
......Any thoughts on the above approaches or think there may be a way to do it better?
After much experimentation I've come to pretty much the same technique as you've described above. Only thing I may do differently is shift into S, 52 mph seems like a good shift point, while holding the throttle steady.
To do better may be a challenge!
If possible increase the effeciency of your acceleration process. From a standing start, I accelerate at the "slow normal" rate of surrounding traffic. As I pass through 30 mph I ease up on the throttle, and seek to maintain a slower rate of acceleration equal to about 50 mpg on the MID"s instant mpg slider gauge.
Lower speeds, especially during the final up grade. Maximum use of flat or flat-er portions of the climb to increase vehicle speed.
Higher tire pressures to reduce roll resistence.
Maximum battery charge at bottom of hill. ....a photo voltaic collector in the roof and a sunny day to keep the battery charged as you climb...