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I purchased my ID about a month ago and have put 2,500 miles on it so far, 1,100 of which came last weekend when my wife & I did a road trip to Yosemite. I was extremely conservative with my charging (mostly because I have a lead foot, did between 75 & 85 most of the way, and didn't know how much elevation we would be gaining during the drive). We live south of LA, and heading over the Grapevine (the long downhill on the 5 Fwy thru the mountains north of LA) I got a little nervous as I had 37 miles of range with 44 miles to go to my planned EA charger. Yikes, but I knew I had a good downhill coming. Yeah, 11 miles later I had generated 56 miles of range, resulting in 93 miles of range with 33 miles to go! Yep, the Grapevine is a long, steep downhill.

On this trip, I used the adaptive cruise control almost everywhere I drove. It made the freeway driving easier (just had to steer), it made the mountain driving easier (I could corner better than any other vehicle out there), it even made the stop and go driving better (because it would come to a complete stop if needed, something my 2017 RAV4 wouldn't do). I really like the option of increasing the set speed by either 1 or 5 MPH, nice for when the speed limit changes.

The Forest Service was clearing dead trees from the park, and while I was waiting for the flag man to say it was our turn to use the one-lane road, I saw my first ID.4 in the wild! My neighbor calls my car George Jetson's car (says it sounds the same - what do you think? Jetson's car Sound From The Jetsons - Soundboard.com - Create & Download Free Sounds, Sound Effects, Mp3, and more), and while waiting I heard the familiar George Jetson car sound. I glanced up just in time to see a black ID.4 roll on by!

On the downside, I developed a creak in the driver's seat & a clunk in the right rear of the car. It's at the dealership now, getting looked at. Hopefully they find the source of the clunk. In all, I'm extremely happy with this car & look forward to many years of driving it!
 

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wow I live in (the other) Southbay, 15 mins south of LAX. I also plan on making a drive up to Yosemite. Anything else you'd like to share besides the Grapevine that we should take note of? Thanks!
 

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wow I live in (the other) Southbay, 15 mins south of LAX. I also plan on making a drive up to Yosemite. Anything else you'd like to share besides the Grapevine that we should take note of? Thanks!
It was a great trip. Stopped to charge in Bakersfield & Fresno. We stayed in Oakhurst (mostly because there was an EA charger in town), and I filled up (80%) every morning, not knowing how far we were going to drive each day. I was amazed at how well the adaptive cruise control works on the mountain roads. It was almost like it was seeing thru the hill to track the car in front of us (in reality it was slow in picking up speed & picked the car up again before it accelerated much - I was driving in Eco mode). It was the easiest 1,100 mile drive I've done (we detoured thru Monterey & San Luis Obispo on the way home).

FYI - by staying in Oakhurst (near the charging station), you add extra driving. The south gate (25 min out of town) to the valley was an hour and 15 minute drive (only 37 miles, but 35 MPH speed limit & you really can't do much faster, especially with traffic) to the Tunnel. If you stay in Oakhurst, check out the South Gate Brewing Company, they've got great food & beer.

Enjoy the drive & the views!
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It was a great trip. Stopped to charge in Bakersfield & Fresno. We stayed in Oakhurst (mostly because there was an EA charger in town), and I filled up (80%) every morning, not knowing how far we were going to drive each day. I was amazed at how well the adaptive cruise control works on the mountain roads. It was almost like it was seeing thru the hill to track the car in front of us (in reality it was slow in picking up speed & picked the car up again before it accelerated much - I was driving in Eco mode). It was the easiest 1,100 mile drive I've done (we detoured thru Monterey & San Luis Obispo on the way home).

FYI - by staying in Oakhurst (near the charging station), you add extra driving. The south gate (25 min out of town) to the valley was an hour and 15 minute drive (only 37 miles, but 35 MPH speed limit & you really can't do much faster, especially with traffic) to the Tunnel. If you stay in Oakhurst, check out the South Gate Brewing Company, they've got great food & beer.

Enjoy the drive & the views!
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Wow will do thanks for the additional details!
 
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