Ran Out of Fuel [emoji17]

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    Then let me regail with my adventure. The Prius easily has gone 20+ miles after the distance to empty reaches zero. So, I don’t worry about gassing up just because it’s low.

    I got a BMW R1200RS. I noticed a similar thing while tooling about getting the first 600 miles on it. Go on a trip to Texas. Less than 15 miles to my exit, so I pass the exit with an available gas station. I just hit zero on the distance to empty meter. Not even three miles later...out of gas.

    Telling the story, my boss pointed out, “That’s the difference between Japanese engineers and German engineers. Germans expect you to take their warnings seriously. Japanese expect you to do something foolish.”
     
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    But you did get three more miles than my Subaru Forester went.

    At least I was running an intentional test, carrying along a spare can of fuel. Actually, I had just wimped out and pulled into the last fuel before a long unserviced stretch. The Subie ran out a moment after pulling up to a pump, as I reached for my logbook.

    (Its actual zero miles point is uncertain, as the display is rounded to 10 miles increments and then blanked out from 30 miles. This was within a mile of my projection of where it would have reached zero if it hadn't been blanked.)
     
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    Wow, fuel pumps are expensive on this car. I think I'll just fill up when prompted or before.
     
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    Bob Wilson intentionally ran his Gen1 and Gen3 Prii out of fuel more than 50 times between them, for fun/sport/engineering-curiosity-and-tests, and never had to replace any fuel pumps.

    Of course, he was prepared, expecting to run out, and didn't abuse his cars by repeatedly trying to restart before adding more fuel.
     
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    I sense some OCD tendencies here.:)

    Range anxiety with gasoline. My advice is stay away from EV's until they figure how to put electrons in a can.
     
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    No range anxiety with a Tesla. Trip planner schedules supercharger stops along your path. But, maybe you can make it to the NEXT supercharger? :p:p:p
     
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    I want to see how it schedules my desired route from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Lakes along WA-SR20 and US2:

    Gas Prices | Page 16 | PriusChat
     
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    I've run out twice. First time was during the Arab oil embargo of the 70's. I was on a Kawasaki 350 that had 90 miles of range on the interstate. I was going up I-5 from the Bay Area to British Columbia. There was a stretch where it was 91 miles between gas stations that actually had what they claimed to sell -- gas. Not fun pushing a bike for a mile along the interstate at night.

    Second time (mid-70's) was in western Nebraska and it was a long way between towns and I miscalculated slightly. Thankfully, the car had a manual transmission. It stalled as I was going in the gas station driveway. I mashed the clutch pedal and coasted to the pump. Whew!! At least there was an open pump and they had gas.
     
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    LMGTFY
     
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    Failure. Massively so, as it must keep going back to I-90 to find any superchargers, skipping essential scenic segments:
    tesla-burl-republic.JPG tesla-WA-Kalispell.JPG

    As I pointed out in that other thread, this particular route, a beautiful and very scenic showcase of a chunk of Americana, is more than 1700 miles with NOTHING on Tesla's map. Tesla drivers must either divert to that crowded and less scenic racetrack known as I-90, or skip superchargers and dig up their own slow recharging:
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    They are called fly over States for a reason! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

    Yes, supercharging stations are not as ubiquitous as dino-fuel is, I think most people realize that, but they are spreading faster than a californian camp fire. (To soon?) . 99% of population within 150 miles of a supercharger station.
     

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    Not on this route. When we vacationed a similar trip in 2015, Superchargers were promised, coming soon, at multiple places along this route.

    2018, three years later, still 'coming soon'.
     
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    Well if you would travel that route more than once every three years, maybe.

    I think Musk wants to keep them fly over States.
     
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    What if they put in a string of stations, and they get one or two customers a week; that's the sand-pounder.
     
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    man, you banned again, or did you run out of gas?:(
     
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