I just love reading your stores. I just can't wait to start writing my own stores in less then three weeks now. Thanks for sharing Bonnie.
@Degalock, the battery is fine in the cold. Remember, it's the chemistry that matters most here. Don't think the traditional "Lead Acid" chemistry rules apply here. Also, don't forget there's full climate control in the battery. I would like to amend my comment about temperatures in city driving to say it's not inclusive of the coating of ice that is present on Minnesota freeways, and that I've been closer to 400 wh/mile when there is slush and ice under my tires (and the cold limits my regen.).
Registered on this blog simply to thank you for the wonderful write up. Really fascinating read.
I wanted to add a note about "Range Mode", but it looks like the blog is no longer editable.
"Range Mode" limits pack heating and cabin heating. Unfortunately it also does this while parked and charging, so preheating is much less effective if it is turned on. This can be very counterproductive and adversely affect range once you start driving. Be sure to turn off Range Mode when parking the vehicle!
Wow! That would be a great trip, though, the temperature is really cold.