What is best
Many have come into Kingman on fumes, me included. Shorter but requires due attention.
There was that story of the reporter who didn't make it when he went via 40. It is shorter but a long climb up. Go slow and monitor your mileage if you go that way.
Have made the trip 3 times in my 85. It's very doable but you do have to monitor your buffer. Since the distance and elevation change are knowns, only need to adjust for the headwind (or lack thereof). If you must be petal to the metal for the run - then not the best option.
It's not flower power; it's petal-free.
It's the "goose" pedal to the metal.
I'm going to be going from Los Angeles to Durango, Co. starting this Sunday. It all looks very doable. The only big issue imho is the Barstow to Kingman segment. I have the 85 battery. Should I charge to 100% when I get to Barstow and how fast should I go from there to Kingman? I'll be in range mode and I know I have to watch the dashboard to keep track of my kWh number for the Barstow charge and try to keep it in the 285 range. But you folks that have done this run, what's your experience as to the best speed to cruise at before the uphill into Kingman? Or would it just be wiser to go to Vegas and then to Kingman?
I made the same trip, only in reverse. I max charged at Kingman to 270 and arrived at Barstow with 32 miles in reserve. The major difference is that there is a modest climb into Kingman the last 15 miles or so. The wind was gusting to 15-20 the night that I drove across.
Others have made this journey; just drive about 63-64 across Interstate 40 until you get through the hills east of Kelbaker Rd. Compare your remaining actual miles per the navigation system to the rated range on your slider.
Once you feel comfortable with your rated range remaining versus the actual mileage to your destination, you can increase your speed accordingly.
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