bscurtis wrote:Just wondered what happens if you use up all the available petrol. Does the car stop as I would expect so I imagine you would need to swap back to electric and make sure you have a bit in reserve so you can get to the next petrol station ?
I have actually never experienced this situation, but it is fair to say that you're more likely to run low on electric first, meaning the REx will come on automatically with 6% SOC remaining.
On longer journeys, I usually engage the REx with about 20-25% SOC left. I've taken mine from England to Germany and NL twice now, using CCS and petrol top-ups without any problems.
There are a few things to keep in mind though: If the REx engine is started from cold, it goes through a about 5 min warm-up cycle, during which SOC can still slightly go down. Eventually, the engine will then rev higher and bring the battery SOC back to where the REx was engaged. Also, the speed you are travelling at has a great effect on the effectiveness of the REx. When SOC is low and the REx is warming up, then I usually drop speed down to 60 or 65 mph, while my normal motorway cruising speed is 65-70 mph.
Generally speaking - and to answer your question - you're more likely to find a working and functioning petrol station in most parts of the EU, but this obviously depends where precisely you live, because there are more remote parts. The REx can take you 60-75 miles depending on weather conditions and driving style (remember, the REx is only a 34bhp engine), which is plenty to make it to the next fill-up.
I have no range anxiety. I have "using-petrol-anxiety".