Slightly caught out this evening on my regular run home. One of the roads was flooded and it would mean turning back and adding 5-10 miles to my journey taking another route. Unfortunately, it was the second day in a row that I'd left with ~20 miles showing as my range and the guess-o-meter on the dash showing just under half charge, but reality not matching up.
I feel certain most of you have undertaken journeys of 11 miles (which is my commute home) with 50% of the battery there to do it, but two days ago the charge just seemed to drop away en route and without provocation. By halfway home the range said just 9 miles and the needle was floating above the red. I had to drive like an agoraphobic nun to make it home with no miles showing at all by the time I parked gingerly on the driveway.
Thinking it was an anomaly, I set off this evening feeling confident I'd get home - I had more charge in reserve than the previous day, and it was about 1-2 degrees warmer. Off I went, but the same thing happened. I had 25 miles showing as the range then 10 miles by the halfway point. For the second day in a row I started to feel a heightened level of stress and find myself laughing nervously at the idea I'm suffering from range anxiety a year into ownership.
Now, to go back to where I'd started this thread, the unfortunate thing was that I'd encountered water with not much juice remaining. Being not that far from home, I decided that valour would be the better part of discretion and drove into to what in retrospect would have passed for a boating lake if not for the roadsigns. Halfway in, with the power delivery feeling down (not sure whether this was simply an effect of the drag, or something else) and with the road sloping gently into deeper stuff I backed out and had to drive the car on its remaining battery along an alternative route with my blood pressure registering the polar opposite of the SOC.
I note from another thread here
that the wading depth of these vehicles is actually rather terrifyingly small. Is the car likely to have been damaged at all, given the water reached the bottom of the doors? It performed just fine, and other than feeling sluggish showed no ill effects, but I'm now concerned.
Has anyone else had their battery performance fall through the floor, with the range giving you the impression you can travel twice as far as you actually can, and the SOC metre chewing a one quarter charge in little more than ten miles?
This makes me feel better