So I have had my Vectrix for a few months and put on about 1000 miles so far. I bought the bike used but with only about 240 miles. The bike came to me with older software so I took it to my local dealer and got the newest software loaded on. With the new software I did the discharge to the low battery light once for calibration. From then on everything seemed to be working perfectly. I would consistently use about 1 battery bar for every 2.4-2.5 miles and get a total of about 40 miles. I actually never let the charge meter get below 4 bars remaining and for the past month or two everything has been fine. Last week when I was driving to work (about 6.5 miles from home) I had about 6-7 bars of the battery left on the gauge. When I was about 0.5 mile from my destination I noticed a power drop in performance and I was at 4 bars left but the battery light was on (When I got to work the odometer was at 32 miles for the current charge). I was able to cruise to work (where I have an outlet in the parking garage) and recharge a full cycle. After work the bike had completed a full charge, but when I booted up, the "estimated range" said only 30 miles (before it always said about 40-43 after a full charge). Not relying on the "estimated range" I kept tract for the next week how many miles I could go on each bar of battery power. Now I am only getting 1.6-1.7 miles per bar. The good news is that it has been consistent over the past week. Any clues as to what is going on? Is this just software reinterpreting the battery voltage?
To further confuse the issue for me, the few times I have allowed the battery light to come on came at 2 bars remaining with the original software I had on the bike, and it came at 1 bar after I got the Oct 2008 update. However, given the situation above, the low battery light came on with 4 bars left. Yesterday I thought maybe I needed to let it get back down to the low battery light level again for the software to recalibrate itself again so I took it out for a spin. I left home with about 6 bars left and about 12 miles left on the "estimated range". It seemed like the battery bars were decreasing at my new predicted level of about 1.6-1.8 miles per bar. However, I thought I was going to run out of battery power as I was approaching my home because the battery bar got down to only one bar and the range continued to read 4-5 miles left. I cruised around the block with only one bar left without seeing any drop in performance and without the low battery light on. I was afraid to push it too far (even though I know the new software does not allow the batteries to discharge too low), so after doing a few laps with only one bar and no low battery light I brought it home and did a complete recharge after a 4 hour cooldown. This morning I calculated the same thing, about 1.6-1.8 miles per bar to and from work today. What gives? It seems that ever since I got the low battery light at 4 bars remaining it reset the range meter and battery meter. The only thing I have yet to try is to actually drive it until it actually reaches the low battery light again. Possibly I may have been able to continue driving last night with only one bar remaining on the gauge for quite some time...just a thought. Any thoughts from you guys? Thanks.