OK, so today I ended up behind a smoking dinosaur juice-burning diesel that went to full-power in front of me. I hit recycle and avoided most of the cloud of stinking crap that came out the back of it, but, ah, the saintly aromas of the Fluence leather were tainted for a while!
Anyhow, the point I'm getting to is that I've realised that when the windscreen arrow is on alone and the recycle is on, then you do get both heating and air con at the same time. I'd rather presumed it'd not do this. I rather imagined some backward thinking greenie would programme the system to avoid such wanton energy waste.
Well, this is my typical operating mode in my Vectra for most of the time in heavy traffic - ac, heat and recycle - helps avoid keep the smelly world out of the car.
So I'm glad it does do this, even though I initially presumed otherwise. I also assume that this is a function that the Zoe can't do because it can't use the reverse cycle air con for both cooling and heating - or does it have two such systems?
But there are consequences! I aimed for 60~65 on the way home, which would normally draw ~2 octals, or a touch more, on warm days no HVAC. Using both recycle and AC drew that down to 3.5 octals. I know if I'd gone for the full 70mph then my 23 mile journey would've drawn a full half a battery.
Well, there it is. I'm glad that I can have both ac and heating, but it's then a 40~50 mile range.
Bear in mind we still appear to be using 100% batteries. They are 'only' guaranteed for 75% ... 30 mile range ... eek!