I drove half this trip in 110 degree heat (AC required), had strong winds for 30 minutes between Indio and Cabezon, and had an elevation gain of about half a mile. And it’s advertised at 46 mpg on the highway. I love this car. (Gas savings compared to a flat 30 mpg. Would be more, but gas is only $3.56 in Yuma) #Prius #hypermile #geekmobile


Now the real adventure begins! Started with a mostly full battery (97%) and we would be going downhill a ways after the first 5 miles or so. Called the RV park again and this time got through. Here they charge 50 cents per kWh, no connection fee charge but a $5 minimum. Our estimated cost would be no more than $14, but we’d need to get to Williams. At Red Bluff we were still at 73% with 72 miles to Williams.

"We can make it."


Proceeding south on Interstate-5, would have been nice if the truck in front of us could have shared its juice and not just blocked our wind. Despite advanced hypermiling maneuvers, the battery had suddenly dropped to 26% and we still had 31 miles to go. Yikes! Or just a false reading due to temperature and voltage sag?

Onwards. We passed Orland, which was basically the point of no return. But the battery percentage just kept falling. Uh-oh. Time to check the wind direction on the paragliding app. Because driving an EV is more like sailing than most people realize. Crap. Side wind. Drafting off trucks is going to be virtually no help.

Time to check Plug Share again for an intermediate charging station. The only one between Orland and Williams is at the Thunderhill Raceway…7 miles off the freeway. Some of the comments say the gate might be closed. If we go there and can’t charge, we won’t have enough to even backtrack to Orland and pay their blood money. Better call ahead to get the story. Phone tree. Dial 0 to speak to an operator but just get shunted to the voicemail for the general manager.

What do we do???