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      08-29-2020, 05:19 PM   #1
MolarBear
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2 Speed Electric gearbox in eDrive

So I've been having a play and reading the technical manual on how the drive train works. Am I right in thinking that the electric gearbox cannot change gear whilst in use - either it's stuck permanently in first gear in edrive mode up to 75mph, or stuck in second gear in all other modes with no maximum speed?

I press the edrive button for the end of my commute as it's largely motorway based, often I have a ton of battery to use up and the car will not use up the remaining charge before I reach home.

Would I be right in thinking then, theoretically we should get much better electric range (at the cost of acceleration performance) if we kept the car in comfort mode and NOT edrive, as the gearing would be suited for higher speeds?

I also wonder then for the electric 'range indicator' if that is only accurate for comfort/eco pro modes, as opposed to e-drive modes (or vice versa)?