We have three levels of car model confidence which we use to label the cars in the planner:
- Alpha - Modeled manually by us, these are generally closely matched to the EPA and WLTP range provided by the manufacturer, but won't be a perfect representation of the car.
- Beta - Modeled based on some real-world data.
- Release (no label) - Modeled based entirely on real-world data.
To move a model out of Alpha, we need real-world data, and that's where you come in! The best way to get that real-world data is to use a Live Data connection. The first step there is to check your car against our list of Live Data Support and see if it's already supported. If so, great! Set up Live Data, and once we have enough data we'll promote the model from Alpha. Of course, setting up Live Data also has a ton of benefits for you as a driver as well:
- We do live calibration of your personal car and account for things like extra passengers, cargo boxes, bikes, and weather automatically
- You get a live graph and arrival predictions of state of charge while in Driving Mode
- You get completion estimates while charging and can see charging status
And of course, if we don't currently support your car, but you know how to get data from your car we provide an API to connect Live Data with us. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like more information about this, and our API Docs are available on our Postman.
If we don't have Live Data support for your car, the other option is using the Trip Odometer. We've prepared a test procedure document you can print out and fill in to provide this data. See the attached "Manual Car Calibration" document.
The goal here is to provide a series of data points at a variety of speeds to estimate the efficiency across all speeds. With many tests on different copies of the same car, we can produce a reliable model.