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Take that EPA!

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First time poster here. I had to share this since so many reviewers trash the range of the GT based on the EPA rating without giving the car a real world chance. I have been watching the range increase the longer I own the car. I drive mostly in Normal mode with occasional GT blasts. Lately I have been driving a little more conservatively to see what kind of range I can get. Yesterday I charged to 100% since I was going to drive about 100 miles and wanted to test it. I drove 53 miles out and 53 back for a total of 106 miles and came home with 62% battery and 166 miles of range left, so the projection was quite accurate. The drive was all freeway with maybe 5 miles of surface streets. I set the cruise at 68 mph in Eco and let the car do the driving. It was a nice day, mid 70s to 80, so good weather
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for range. Needless to say, I am mightily impressed. I was OK with the 206 mile EPA rating when I bought the car in February, but 276 miles? I already loved the car, now I have found a whole new level of appreciation.
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I owned a RWD Gt-Line before owning my GT, and when I received the GT, I got kinda scared, the mi/kwh was really low (I use kwh/100km myself).

In the GT-line, normal 70mph driving, I'd get 17-18kwh/100km (3.5 mi/kwh), and when I received the GT, that same exact drive was around 27 (2.3 mi/kwh). I was more worried about the "costs involved" and not really the range as I don't really need 200 miles+. In the UK electricity is now really expensive if you don't get a good deal (over half a dollar per kwh at home).

My GT now done over 1000 miles, and it's finally getting warmer, and I'm getting those numbers back to GT-line level ! I guess it was really just a temperature issue (from 5° celsius to 20).

Done a 120 miles trip last weekend, averaged just under 20kwh/100km, was really impressed.

I'm wondering if there is something to do with "brand new cars", that use more energy ? Or just temperature.
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