robdickinson wrote:It takes what 3-4 litres of fuel to charge the battery (and what 40-45min?).
This is extra over and above what it uses to power the vehicles motion.
So for me that would be $7-8 to charge to 80% rather than 80c or so overnight for electricity.
Its useful if you want charge for EV only zone or need it for big hills or towing.
As I said ... push charge when the car is not moving it make no sense .. and this is the case that 80% charge cost 3L of fuel
If the car is moving at a decent speed it is a totally different story
For example ... while cruising in a autobahn at over 130km/h, so the ICE is running anyhow ... I think click on charge is a good thing .. since it will increase the load of the petrol engine for charge the battery and this should cause to have a more efficient usage of the petrol engine ... assuming that the increase of efficiency of petrol engine does cover the ~10% energy lost in the conversion from kinetic energy into electric energy
In my case ... I'm now cruising around 120lm/h in the autobahn, and I manually do the cycle charge-discharge ICE/EV , by pressing CHARGE for reach 10/15km EV range and then switch in EV mode .... assuming I'm doing long distance ...for shorter distance .. I plan to charge in the autobahn for have enough EV range for end my trip in EV mode (assuming I can charge at destination)