I ended up driving the PIP almost 3,000 miles in 4 days, averaging 51 mpg. Speeds were all the way from 25-30 mph (this morning for 60 miles, pitch black on glare ice in high wind, with NO services or anything else (people, ranches etc.)for over 100 miles, over two mountain passes, I figured better to go way slow then end up in the ditch, it was open range for cattle and also a deer migration route) to 75-80, mostly 70 or so. I slept in it twice, once near Donner Summit, waiting out a storm. I got woken up by a sheriff in the middle of the night and before he could say anything I said "I don't care if you arrest me, I ain't driving any more tonight." He laughed and said to sleep tight, cool. This was an unplanned stop, and the ready access to the heated bunk was super handy and a great safety feature! I ended up driving around this blocked route, as I didn't want to pay inflated prices for the required chains, when I have two AWD's at home. I tried twice to get through, but they were quite firm on not letting anyone through unless chained up or AWD. In these conditions, where one may have to hang out in the car for hours or even days (conceivably, though unlikely) it was nice knowing that I could do so for many days, in total comfort, amazing tech. On 3/4's of a fuel tank, I'd estimate 3 to 5 days, based on what I've seen so far. I never shut it off during my coffee stops or when getting fuel and food, another amazing trick feature of the hybrid tech. The ICE would be off of course, but everything would stay on , and nice and warm, and when I got back in a push of a button would wake it up and off I'd silently go. Turning a key and cranking a starter......it seems like ancient tech already, wow.
Today, I ran into more snow, in the last few miles from my home. I had a 1200' vert climb yet to make, in wet slushy snow, the kind that throws the car around and builds up in front of the tires, and is in general very tough going. As I started up the grade, the snow got deeper and the conditions worse, as expected. I've been driving this grade for 40 years now, in all conditions and all types of vehicles, and by now I know if I make it to point A, I can make it to point B, and so on. On the other hand, if I barely make A, I'm NOT making B.....but today I was amazed when after really struggling to make it to A, I was able to continue to B and eventually all the way up and into the shop! This was my first experience with the PIP in snow, and something is real different about the way it operates in it. I would have bet $100.00 I would NOT make it all the way up, but the built in traction control, and of course good snow tires (Michelin ICE-X's) made it possible, I was frigging amazed. I'm a believer now , whereswally606!
I had a great ride in Moab the first day, but due to rain and snow that was it for the riding, no big surprise this time of year. But I don't know why they call it "slick rock", as it has a nice 80 grit texture to it, traction was never a problem. All in all, this was a great shake down cruise for the PIP/eMontague combo, and I am looking forward to some other trips, when the weather is better. It's still hard to believe I have a super economical commuter car, and at the same time a very comfortable long distance cruiser (my ass or back never got sore at all) that can haul a big load AND I can sleep in, while keeping it heated or cooled!