I’ve always wanted to figure out if the battery had any buffer range once it hits 0%. I had noticed that other 4wheeler ev’s had some sort of a reserve range after it displays 0% and I wanted to do the same with my 450X under controlled conditions to make sure I wasn’t thrown any surprises when it actually happens in an emergency.
So yesterday night I came back home after a long day and the battery was at 7%. I decided to do the test today close to my home. I turned on the scooter today at around 5 and the battery was at 4% now with 3km DTE. I went for a small grocery run and decided to run the battery completely down. It displayed 1% and 1km DTE once I reached the store.
I was already worried with the abnormal notifications popping up to charge the scooter. I noticed this on the first day of delivery when my dot still wasn’t mapped to my scooter and I couldn’t charge my scooter. It still hasn’t been fixed and the notifications were going haywire.
I reluctantly turned off the scooter worried it wouldn’t turn back on. I did my shopping and came back and fortunately the screen did boot up and all the information was accurate. However the scooter would not turn the motor on. I tried all sorts of things. I did multiple reboots and shutdowns. The motor would simply not turn on. It kept on notifying to press the brake and start button together and I tried that multiple times. But it just wouldn’t.
So after 20 minutes of failed attempts, I had to walk my scooter back home. I already had the thought at the back of my head that people would comment about me pushing along a dead EV. Oh how naive of me. It was about 800m to my home and no less than 20 people (excluding my community neighbours) stopped to comment. Is the range that bad? How many times have you previously pushed it? You should’ve gotten an activa. 1.7lakh is not worth it blah blah blah. I actually found it very funny that people did not believe me when I said I purposely drained the battery. They were puzzled.
Anyways, long story short. The vehicle would not let me ride it even when there is range left in it. Either that or the soc is faulty and needs to be calibrated properly. I request the team to look into this because when push comes to shove, that 1km really matters.