The dash indicates that the estimated range is 191 km. This is probably overly optimistic; it is of course based on the way I have driven the car recently, which in this case was a deliberate test of how efficient the car could be. I drove about 20 km on a relatively flat road at a nearly constant 50 km/h. Result: 7.5 km/kWh. With a 24 kWh battery pack, that translates to a range of 180 km. (But is the full 24 kWh available? I'm not sure).

In other early experimentation, I found that driving at night with climate control on (outside temperature 8 degrees C) along the highway to the ferry terminal at 90 km/h (the speed limit) resulted in 6.2 km/kWh, or a range of 149 km. Range depends a lot on what you're doing!

Electricity in British Columbia is 90% hydroelectric. Really, the car is powered by rain. (Which is indirect solar power; the sun causes the evaporation which results in lifting the water up to higher altitude).

The residential "step 1" rate with BC Hydro is 6.67 cents per kWh. So, to make things nice and easy, suppose we average 6.67 km/kWh, then that's 6.67 km for 6.67 cents, or 1 cent per km. The residential step 2 rate is 9.62 cents per kWh, which is about 44% more. Combine with, say, relatively lousy efficiency of 5 km/kWh and the cost goes up to nearly 2 cents per km.

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