Driving out to Mt. Si and back requires a bit of planning but is quite manageable even with a shorter-range #EV
like the #iMiEV
I departed Seattle after running a few errands with about 80% charge. There was construction along I-90 westbound so I took a detour down through Renton and intended to quick-charge back to 80% while checking my tire pressure (the warning light was on). At Younker's Nissan dealership the person opening up didn't have access to the #RFID
fob which would activate their #DCFC
station, so I plugged into #L2
charging while pressurizing my tires. Proper inflation is important for extending EV range, so I pressed the tires up to their maximum rated pressure of 345 kPa. This allowed me to reach the parking lot at Mt. Si with 12% charge remaining (not counting the reserve) which was enough to reach Snoqualmie City Hall's L2 station after my hike. If there had been an outlet in the parking lot I'd have happily used that, but I think the Washington Department of Natural Resources has other budgetary priorities. I did see a (gasoline powered) +zipcar
in the lot which was presumably from Seattle.
After an hour's charge in Snoqualmie City, I drove to Bellevue College by way of the Issaquah-Fall City road. Avoiding the freeway until Issaquah was an important consideration here: Lower highway speeds are more efficient due to lowered wind resistance.
I considered bringing an electrical generator along and using it to charge the car while I hiked. Had the location been more remote I may have gone ahead with that plan, but given the availability of charging along the route I opted for lower emission #EVSE