This is going to keep me busy for a while, and that’s wonderfully OK – even exciting. I wanted to take the bike further and faster today and I also wanted to try out a fast charger. The club is doing a ride from Lynnwood, Washington to Leavenworth, Washington – a 110+ mile trip with a 4100′ mountain pass in-between – which means my new LiveWire might make it, but might not, so I wanted to see how the bike managed its battery with highway speeds.
I ran the bike in Road mode the entire time. Next time I might try Eco. I made it from Bothell to Sultan with 77% or 92 miles of range left – mostly 40 mph backroads but with about 10 miles of US 2 at proper speeds.
From Sultan back to Monroe saw the battery drop just a bit to 69%. I tried out the fast ElectrifyAmerica charger and it brought the battery back up to 75% before stopping (not sure why it stopped yet.)
And then I was back to Bothell with 57% or 69 miles of range left.
From Sultan to the top of Stevens Pass is 42 highway miles (with that elevation gain too) and unfortunately there are a few Level 1/2 chargers along the way but no fast chargers. Seems like it might be possible (since I can charge a fair bit on the mostly downhill from the pass to Leavenworth — 35 miles — but will it be enough – and how much will the highway speeds and elevation gain eat into that?)
Net net: clearly more experimentation is called for 🙂