Thanks for all the detailed info' here. We've had our Escape PHEV (an SE in antimatter blue) since the start of September. Drove it 600 miles home from the dealer and averaged 43mpg highway (75-80 mph all the way). Average battery range has been in the high 30s, right in line with the EPA rating, and we're mostly using it for short trips (2-5 miles) around town. Currently only on 2nd tank of gas and have 1100miles total. A few observations:
- On very short trips (<2mi round trip to the 7-11) it loses a lot of range. I will sometimes start at 37 mi, go 1 mile to the store, 1 mile back, and when I get home it says 29 miles remaining! But then it will charge from that state to full in less than an hour on a 110v charger. It seems there is a real disconnect between actual battery state of charge, and estimated range.
- Largely as a result of short trips, the estimated range at full charge has been creeping downwards over the past month, and is sometimes as low as 34 mi. Resetting the hybrid mode info (steering wheel menus) brings it back up, but then a few days later it's back down again. It really seems as if the range is being estimated based heavily on driving style, and short trips really kill the numbers.
- We've run it down to zero a few times on weekend trips, and I've been able to get back over 2 miles of "free" charge coasting down big hills with regen. The regen braking on this car is really quite impressive!
- My biggest gripe is the ICE kicking in more than wanted (the dreaded brown "engine enabled due to normal operation" message). I run it in EV now mode all the time, and my guess is with short trips the engine does not get a chance to complete its warm-up/lube cycle before the trip is over, so it does it again the next trip. Rinse and repeat. Based on your comments (ptjones) I'm wondering if there's some merit to just running it in normal mode instead?
- Solution to the above gripe would be for Ford to offer a way to edit the frequency with which the ICE kicks in, so for those using the car primarily for short trips (e.g., a 2 mile daily commute each way) the ICE would not bother trying to do its thing during the week, and would only kick in when we use it for longer trips on weekends. Maybe a way to program in how long the trip is projected to be, so the ICE would know not to cycle. The annoying thing is, even if we do a long trip on a Sunday, it goes right back to starting the ICE during an EV only commute on Monday. This really defeats the whole object of having an EV, so as to not use any gas during normal daily commuting. Any suggestions?
What temperatures are the inside of your vehicle when you start out that will matter if the battery temperature is not around 77 to 80 degrees your range will be less, if you know you have to make that trip remote start the vehicle an hour before you go and it will warm the vehicle up if you have the settings set the high on the climate control